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The number of commuters who use the VRE is disproportionately small.
Long the golden child of certain local politicians, with ever-increasing expenses heavily subsidizing a disproportionately small share of commuters, and now the subject of state investigations, VRE could surely use some belt-tightening--just like the rest of us.
Instead of rubber-stamping that $10 mil-
Such a redirection will be met with howls of outrage from the relatively few heavily subsidized VRE riders, the developers who stand to make a ton of money off the land they've grabbed around VRE stations, and, of course, from VRE, itself--the spoiled child can always be counted on the squeal the loudest.
If our state politicians have the courage our local leaders apparently lack, not only will we see a more efficient, more self-supporting VRE, but growth in other means of mass transportation--to everyone's advantage--not just VRE supporters.
Howard E. Rice Jr.