This editorial from The Washington Post argues that re-planning the Washington D.C.-Dulles International Airport corridor for buses rather than trains is an idea that just won't work.
"Within the next few weeks, the U.S. Transportation Department will make a final decision on whether to approve federal funding for the Dulles corridor Metrorail extension [Metro, Feb. 16]. This project has been in the planning phase for more than 40 years. It is time to stop talking about this project and start building it."
"In January, the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission released a report on the need for rail rapid transit in large urban areas. As a commissioner of the study, it was clear to me that there is a great need for mass transit to meet the transportation requirements of the future. The Dulles corridor is one of the most congested areas in the United States. Tysons Corner is the largest employment center in Virginia, with more than 100,000 workers. Dulles International Airport serves about 25 million passengers a year; that number is expected to double once renovations there are completed."