Alexandria News is reporting that the proposed $150 million dollar Potomac Yard Metro Station is gaining new life. One of the ways that is proposed to pay for it is by raising the property tax rate by three ($.03) cents. You have to ask yourself is it really needed when back in the 90’s the project was deemed not feasible because of low ridership. Here is a portion of the article by James Callum on AlexandriaNews.org:
After tabling the issue a decade ago, Alexandria City officials are reconsidering the construction of a metro station at Potomac Yard. On Thursday night, council’s newly established Potomac Yard Metrorail Station Feasibility Work Group began the groundwork in identifying preferred sites and funding options for the estimated $150 million metro station.
“This idea has always been reserved for the future,” said Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille, who is a member of the group. Euille said he has had conversations with Metro General Manager John Catoe, who has reportedly backed the idea of the added station with no cost tied to the struggling transit system. “Metro didn’t have the money in the 1990s and they don’t have it today,” said Euille, a nine-year member of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Board. “While a final, finished product may be up to 10 years off, as time changes and (Alexandria’s) needs change, it’s time to revisit the opportunity of developing a metro station at Potomac Yard.”
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