No one likes sitting in traffic while trying to get to work on time. No one likes the time wasted driving around while doing errands, visiting family, or getting to school and sports events. I drive on I-66 every day so I know what it's like, just like many of you do. That's one more reason why my campaign slogan is "Let's Get Things Done."
The transportation and sprawl issues in this region have been known for a long time. Fortunately there are a lot of efforts being made to help alleviate the delays and frustrations involved in simply moving around in the area. I intend to make sure those efforts continue, and succeed.
We don't need to reinvent the wheel here (pardon the pun), but there are some important principles to always keep in mind:
1. Always work with the local community that is affected and get their input. You only have to look at the outrage over the data centers to know what happens when you don't pay attention to people who are impacted by governmental decisions.
2. Work on a regional basis. We are very closely linked with neighboring districts, cities, and counties, as well as the District and Maryland. Any long-time solution will need to be part of the larger, regional picture.
3. Protect the environment from adverse impacts. I know I don't need to explain why this is so important. Bike paths and walkable areas have a huge impact on quality of life as well as beautifying spaces.
4. Integrate other issues like housing decisions. Transportation issues don't exist in a vacuum. Things like housing have a huge impact on the solutions. I support higher-density homes being built in appropriate places in order to reduce the number of people living far away from their jobs.
The federal government can provide a lot of funding, but only if the plans are there and ready to go. I will work with the area leaders to get projects ready to do, and fight for the funding they need.
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