Friday, September 14, 2012
"It was a rotten formula at the start whose stench only gets worse with each passing year and the skyrocketing tolls that come with it."
Friday, September 14, 2012
With another increasingly expensive round of toll fee hikes in the offing for users of the Dulles Toll Road, according to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), AAA Mid-Atlantic wants to reiterate clearly and loudly its opposition. We understand that someone has to pay for the $6 billion cost of the construction of the Silver Line, but the overriding question in our mind is just who that should be. At last check, local motorists, via their tolls, are being forced to shoulder nearly 60% of the costs of this project. The Commonwealth of Virginia, until pushed hard by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood, had no cash in the pot—it sole contribution was to be the tolls paid by motorists. Now, after LaHood’s arm …
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Group will get public feedback at upcoming meetings, but still has to pay for Silver Line Phase 2.
Metropolitan Washington Airport Authorities officials say they will hold a series of public meetings this fall to discuss increases on the Dulles Toll Road. MWAA officials said at a meeting on Wednesday that tolls are going to rise - the unknown is by how much. "I don't want to mislead anyone. Tolls have to go up," Andrew Rountree, MWAA's chief financial officer, told The Washington Post. "There's a minimum level of toll increase that really has to occur in order for the board to meet its responsibilities." Dates for the meeting have not been set. Tolls are already slated to rise 50 cents Jan. 1, 2013, and some projections say the cost of driving from the Capital Beltway to Dulles International Airport could double from the current one-way…
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
At Dulles Corridor Rail Association meeting, the most important update was the one coming from Loudoun Board of Supervisors on July 3.
The Dulles Corridor Rail Association's semi-annual meeting is usually one for partners to talk about construction progress, staying on budget and the day 18 months from now when Metrorail will stop in Tysons Corner and in Reston. The hot topic at Tuesday's meeting was a much closer date, though. The crucial vote from the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors looms next week. The decision from Loudoun County whether to continue as a partner could change the future of Phase 2 of the Silver Line, which will run from Reston's Wiehle Avenue to Dulles International Airport and into Loudoun County. "It is absolutely crunch time," Ashburn Supervisor Ralph Buona (R) said. "We have got to finalize financing by Friday night. There will be more public …
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
With project labor agreement and high cost to taxpayers and counties, Silver Line to Dulles International Airport has a chance of not happening.
Could Rail to Dulles really end up being Rail to Reston? That possibility was discussed at "Silver Line: On Track to Loudoun," a panel discussion hosted by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce at the Sheraton Reston on Wednesday. With seven new members on the nine-member Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, many of the new board members have said they are undecided about whether to support the $2.7-billion Silver Line Phase 2, which will extend the rail from Reston's Wiehle Avenue to Dulles International Airport and into Loudoun County. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) and Fairfax County last week granted Loudoun County Supervisors an additional 30 days to decide whether it will contribute to Phase 2, which is …