(I continue to have many mixed feelings and misgivings about this project overall. I’ve expressed those over the years ad nauseum. Having said that, it would have been deeply foolish for Loudoun County to turn down Metrorail at this point, as the long-term economic (and other) benefits to the County will FAR outweight the costs. Not even close. – promoted by lowkell)
Leesburg – State Senator Mark Herring (D – Loudoun & Fairfax) released this statement following the vote by the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors to “Opt-In” to Phase 2 of the Silver Line Project:
“The Board of Supervisors made the right decision. Extending Metro to Dulles Airport and into Loudoun County is an investment in our future and will help ensure our region’s continued economic growth and prosperity. While this is an historic moment, there is more work still to be done.
The state is only contributing about 5% of the total project cost for Phase 2, and that is unacceptable. I will continue my efforts to secure additional state funds for Phase 2 and look for other ways to keep tolls from skyrocketing on the Dulles Toll Road.
Additionally, the time for the federal government to step up is long overdue. I will work with our federal delegation to obtain their participation in this project that will connect our region’s international airport to our nation’s capital.”