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Va. officials call for extension of Metro’s Blue and Yellow lines

Three Virginia legislators want Metro to consider extending the Blue and Yellow lines beyond Franconia and Huntington to help alleviate traffic clogged roads. Nevermind, there’s no funding for it. They say they want to at least be sketched in on Metro’s new map.

Sen. Linda T. “Toddy” Puller (D-Fairfax) and Delegates Scott A. Surovell (D-Mount Vernon) and Luke E. Torian (D-Prince William) sent a letter Thursday to Metro’s board of directors asking for extensions on the Blue and Yellow lines in Fairfax and Prince William counties. They said the area needs transit to help ease crowded roads and since Metro is in the midst of having Lance Wyman, a New York designer, redo its iconic map they at least want to be considered as stops along the way.

In their letter, the legislators wrote that since the new line to Dulles is going to be included in the redesigned Metro map, “A map that must last another 40 years should also include two more concepts — the extension of the Yellow Line to Fort Belvoir and the Blue Line to Woodbridge.”

But how to pay for it when Metro’s system is already cash strapped?

Surovell says get the federal government to contribute.

The legislators said that with the base realignments and closings (BRAC) at Fort Belvoir “people in the Route 1 corridor south of Alexandria are clamoring for the Yellow Line extension.” Extending the Blue Line to Woodbridge would serve the new National Geospatial Defense Facility in the area that is to house 9,000 employees, they said.

“The traffic is only going to get worse along U.S. 1 and I-95, ...” said Surovell in a statement. “We’re talking about thousands more vehicle trips — the roads can’t handle that kind of volume as it is.”

Their letter ends, “A forward-looking Metro system must acknowledge the need for these extensions and anticipate their construction so that the next map will last forty years just like the last one.”

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Dana Hedgpeth is a Post reporter, working the early morning, reporting on traffic, crime and other local issues.


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