Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Transit has less impact than roads

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More high tree canopy, bird habitat and carbon dioxide global warming emissions would be lost and caused by the new Intercounty Connector toll road, if built, than by the Purple Line.

To use the ICC, people would still need to drive. For the Purple Line, trees would be lost for construction.

No compelling argument has been made for where or how to obtain added money for underground light rail construction. But to use the Purple Line, people would drive less.

People need to separate their visions of temporary construction impact from long-term operational impact of transportation improvements. A highway (ICC) has a clearly more adverse impact on communities than a rail line . That is why people pay more for housing near public transit than near a road or road intersection.

Jonathan Gubits, Bethesda