This really should be a no-brainer. Ryan Marshall’s article on the monorail proposal (Jan. 8) states the costs associated with each option. We can either choose to expand the already existing Metro system with a monorail that will take Frederick residents potentially all the way to Washington, D.C., and to many parts of northern Virginia for $3.4 billion, or we can add more pavement to Interstate 270 for $11 billion.
Either way, residents who choose to take advantage of the improvements will have to pay. The plan to add lanes to I-270 involves a toll to anyone wanting to use it. The monorail will also have a cost attached to it. However, even if less than half the people take advantage of the monorail than would use the new vehicle lanes, you can still pay back $3.4 billion a lot faster than $11 billion.
Add to that the advantages of lowering the carbon footprint of the popular north/south commuting corridor and providing commuters the ability to read or work as a part of their commute, and it seems like one proposal outweighs the other without a doubt.
Editor’s note: Chris Spruill is the accounting manager at The Frederick News-Post.