Finally, Metro Is Coming To Loudoun County

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    (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.”

    • Richmond, VA – Tim Kaine released the following statement today after the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors voted to participate in the Dulles Rail project:

      “I believe in the positive economic benefit of infrastructure investments, especially as we look for ways to strengthen our economy, create jobs, and put people to work. Rail to Dulles is a great example of what we can accomplish when we come together as Democrats and Republicans in the public and private sector to make investments that will grow our economy. I was thrilled to work with so many to move Dulles Rail off the drawing board and into reality. I applaud the Loudoun Board of Supervisors for their affirmative vote to partner in the completion of Phase II, and I also commend Governor McDonnell and other public and private sector leaders for their public support.

      “Phase I of Dulles Rail is employing people right now, setting the stage for significant growth in the corridor, and will soon offer Northern Virginians another badly needed transit option.  By choosing to partner in Phase II, Loudoun will see short and long-term economic benefits.  Dulles International Airport is a powerful point of connection to the global economy and extending rail service to the airport and beyond will help our entire Commonwealth create jobs and attract world class businesses.”

    • A VOTE FOR A COMPETITIVE TRANSIT-ORIENTED FUTURE FOR LOUDOUN COUNTY

      Following the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors’ vote today to fund Dulles Rail Phase II, Coalition for Smarter Growth Executive Director Stewart Schwartz issued the following statement:

      “The Loudoun Board of Supervisors made the right choice today to contribute to the funding and completion of Dulles Rail. Providing robust transit options is the right way to fight traffic and create the competitive transit-oriented centers that will ensure growth and prosperity for communities in the decades to come. Future Loudoun citizens will be very thankful for this decision.

      This positive decision stands in contrast to the continued pursuit by the Loudoun County Board and the government of the Commonwealth of Virginia of  the wasteful Outer Beltway proposal. In contrast to the efficiencies offered by the Silver Line, the Outer Beltway is tied to fueling inefficient development patterns, trucking and freight warehouses that would only add traffic without solving any of our existing traffic problems.

      We urge both the Loudoun Board and Governor McDonnell to use this opportunity to fundamentally reevaluate their other spending priorities. We need to focus local and state investment on fixing our existing infrastructure and investing in new modes of transit to maximize the effectiveness of our transportation systems, our energy efficiency, and our economic competitiveness, not fund unneeded, wasteful and sprawl-inducing rural highways.”    

      About the Coalition for Smarter Growth

      The Coalition for Smarter Growth is the leading nonprofit organization addressing where and how the Washington region grows, partnering with communities in planning for the future, and offering solutions to the interconnected challenges of housing, transportation, energy and the environment. We ensure that transportation and development decisions accommodate growth while revitalizing communities, providing more housing and travel choices, and conserving our natural and historic areas. The Coalition’s website is http://www.smartergrowth.net.

    • pontoon

      visiting relatives and experiencing first hand the traffic from Loudoun into Washington and the return to Loudoun several days in a row, I am thankful that the Loudoun Board of Supes agreed to the metro extension.  It will be wonderful for folks to ride metro into the city instead of having to sit in the parking lots they call highways in NoVa.

    • Matt_H

      Will the work be done pursuant to a project labor agreement?