Dear Supervisor Reid,
We are writing to urge your support for completion of Phase 2 of the Dulles rail project. Bringing Metro rail to Loudoun County is such an important decision that your vote on Loudoun’s participation will be a key factor in determining whether we can support you as a member of the Board of Supervisors in the future. To say we are concerned about your recent public comments indicating that you may oppose completion of this critical project would be an understatement.
For over a decade, your predecessors on the Board of Supervisors, Loudoun’s state and federal government representatives, business leaders, commuters and advocates of all stripes have worked to make the Dulles rail project a reality. They did so because of the obvious benefits – relieving traffic congestion, spurring centralized commercial development, increasing property values and reducing air pollution. Phase 2 of Dulles rail will also provide Leesburg residents with a welcome alternative to one of the most expensive toll roads per mile in the entire country, the Dulles Greenway.
As with most important infrastructure projects, Dulles rail is a considerable investment. However, Loudoun County’s contribution to Dulles rail is only 4.8 percent of the total and has been known for nearly five years. The overall cost of Dulles rail has actually come down over the last year by more than $1 billion due to cost savings from the route design (thereby reducing the cost to Loudoun). You have previously stated that the County's fiscal impact analysis would weigh heavily on your final decision. That analysis has been delivered and even under the most conservative estimates, the revenue generated by the Dulles rail project will exceed the capital costs to the County.
Again, we want to stress how important it is for you to support Phase 2 of the Dulles rail project. Given the decade long process that has brought together the various partners for this project, it is not likely that Loudoun will get another opportunity if the Board of Supervisors votes to withdraw.
Now is the time to lead. Now is the time to perform your civic and elected duty. Now is the time for you to look beyond the next election to those living in Loudoun county 10, 15, 20 and more years down the road. Do you honestly believe that their quality of life will improve if rail is hung out to dry?
While we know plenty of people who've moved to Loudoun over the years, we know just as many who've become frustrated and feel disenfranchised by the county's elected leadership and its unwillingness to plan for the long-term and look at the big picture.
This is an opportunity to change that trend and act in the county's generational wellbeing.
Committing to or killing Metro rail in Loudoun county: one of those will be your legacy. We sincerely hope you choose the former.
Alex Cudaback and Jason Gleason
PS: To view the electronic signatures of over 200 other concerned individuals, I invite you and anyone else who is concerned to visit our online petition at http://signon.org/sign/lcbos-dont-kill-metro