Gerry Connolly: We can't afford more empty talk about transportation
"During his term as governor, from 1994 to 1998, Allen promised to deliver on several key projects in our region, including the Fairfax Parkway and some form of rail service to Dulles Airport. But despite a long list of promises, Allen's gubernatorial term was woefully short on results.
"Instead of focusing on areas of real need in Northern Virginia, Allen diverted millions of dollars to studying and promoting the so-called Western Bypass or Outer Beltway. Although that project might have merit sometime in the future, there is a considerable opportunity cost to pursuing it ahead of the region's already unmet transportation needs. The Virginia Department of Transportation's own analysis of the Outer Beltway shows it only would reduce traffic on Interstate 95 by 5 percent and on I-66 by 1 percent."