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Washington metro area traffic to worsen in next 30 years, study says

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If you think traffic is bad now, just wait 30 years. A new report looks down the road and it says things won’t get better whether you drive or take the Metro.

Call Christina Radossi a hybrid commuter. Sometimes she drives and parks in Georgetown and other times she takes the bus.

“More and more people are going to be drawn to the metro area and even though there is public transportation, just from my experience, I find that it doesn’t get you everywhere,” she says.

When it gets cold in the winter months, the 23-year-old prefers to drive. She knows all too well how easily roads can clog up. But the congestion is expected to get even worse.

A study released by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments shows because of a lack of funding we don’t be able to keep up with the demand for transportation infrastructure.

It’ll be worse for folks in the suburbs, especially in Loudoun County where they expect to see a 43-percent population growth by 2040.

Job growth is expected to almost double the percentage.

“It’s would make me look at living in a neighborhood where I could easily walk or have a quick commute,” says Sally Stephenson. But that's not what she wants to hear.

Those behind the study say the answer is simply more funding to fix existing roads and trains and build new ones.

But it’s also better land-use by building more commercial and residential areas near train stops.

Visitors can't believe how congested Washington is.

“We just drove in last night and we live in rural Massachusetts and I can’t believe the number of people."

81-year-old Fred Reed has been a cab driver since the sixties. He’s not too concerned, but says maybe it will benefit people in his business.

“I won’t be here to worry about it!” he laughs.

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