Friday, July 27, 2012
At least five groups have surfaced so far with plans to bid on Metro’s project to extend rail to Dulles and Ashburn.
CORRECTION: Five groups have already begun assembling teams to propose bids, not four as initially reported. All five teams are listed at the bottom of the story. Initial story: Hundreds of people representing contractors and subcontractors hoping to be part of the winning bid to construct the second phase of the Metro’s Silver Line to Dulles Airport and Ashburn attended a conference Thursday to learn more about the process and meet construction teams planning to bid on the project. At least five groups have already begun assembling teams to bid on the $1.4 billiion to $1.5 billion “Package A” of the construction project, which includes everything except the rail yard and the five parking garages that may never go to bid. If all goes as …
Monday, July 16, 2012
Despite critics, businesses and landowners appear either enthusiastic or silent as proposal for new assessment heads for hearing.
Now that Loudoun has opted in to Metro’s Silver Line, work will begin on creating the tax district the Board of Supervisors hope will pay for it. Just before the all-Republican board’s divided vote to opt in, supervisors directed staff to begin the process of establishing the ordinances needed to create the tax district, with a public hearing prior to Nov. 1 and an implementation date of Jan. 1, 2013. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, the entity tasked with building both phases of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project, announced last week that it has issued Requests for Qualifications from potential contractors, marking the first move forward on the estimated $2.7 billion second phase project since Loudoun’s July 3 vote. By …
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Loudoun Opt Out members remind the Leesburg supervisor about his work with Chris Walker.
Less than 24 hours before the Loudoun Board of Supervisors is set to vote on whether Metro’s Silver Line extends beyond Dulles International Airport to Ashburn, opponents of the project stepped up pressure on Ken Reid (R-Leesburg) and Suzanne Volpe (R-Algonkian). Both were considered to be leaning against the project at one point, but have since offered more conciliatory comments. And both are specifically identified on the Loudoun Opt Out website. Reminding Reid of his past statements and past employer, members of group spoke during the board’s public input session Monday directly to Reid. As Patch previously reported, several years ago, Reid co-founded notollincrease.org with Chris Walker, a developer who died in 2011. Walker constructed…
Monday, July 2, 2012
Residents across the county have weighed in. Here’s what they said.
Many residents across the county have weighed in on Loudoun’s participation in the planned extension of Metro’s Silver Line beyond Dulles Airport to Ashburn. Here’s a list of those letters, divided into supporters and opponents. Just a review of the headlines is telling, but each headline is linked to its letter for review. Find everything Patch has published about the project here. For additional information about the project, visit the county's web page on Metro. In Favor Leesburg Resident for Metro Round Hill Resident for Metro Metro Sacrifice Brightens Future Willing to Pay for Metro Metro Creates Jobs, Eliminates Commutes Bring Metro, So We Won’t Have to Use It Metro to Loudoun 'Just Makes Sense' Time is Right for Rail to Ashburn …
The American Tradition Partnership points to record of unseating candidates.
Monday, July 2, 2012
A group opposed to Loudoun County’s participation in the extension of Metro’s Silver Line sent the county’s Board of Supervisors a letter warning members that they would be targeted in future election for voting in favor of the project. Donald Ferguson, a former aide to Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling) and now executive director for American Tradition Partnership, signed the letter, which does not threaten to sue the county, but points to its success in litigation. “ATP has one purpose,” Ferguson wrote to supervisors. “To make sure there are consequences for politicians who want to use taxpayers, mom-and-pop business owners and employers as nothing more than punching bags and ATM machines. We can’t be shut up or shut down.” The …
Loudoun is set vote on Metro Tuesday, giving residents a few more opportunities to speak out.
Loudoun residents, and some from beyond, just may show up one more time Monday to tell the Board of Supervisors how they feel about the county's participation in the Metro's Silver Line project. With a vote set for Tuesday and deadline on Wednesday, supervisors have a regularly scheduled public input session at the County Government Center in Leesburg, during which resident may speak about any issue they wish. Let everyone else know how you feel in comments below. We've had lots of folks weigh in on Patch. Has your voice been heard? Residents also have another day to try to get their email messages in support or against to board members. Contact information for supervisors is as follows: All Board members receive mail and calls at: Loudoun…
Friday, June 29, 2012
If the Board of Supervisors decides to opt in, focus will be on taxes near stations.
The Loudoun Board of Supervisors Friday evening indicated its support for a combination of special tax districts, all within the eastern portion of the county and excluding nearly all existing residential properties. With a vote about whether to participate in the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project, which would extend the Silver Line from Wiehle Avenue to Ashburn, planned for July 3, the board during its June 29 work session intended to show how the county would pay for the project. The scenario forwarded would avoid the use of general fund revenue and. The board must still hold a public hearing before establishing such districts. As discussed, Friday evening, the board would establish a district around the stations in Loudoun and including…
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
A reader in college hopes to live and work in Loudoun and thinks rail will help.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
As a college student looking to start my career soon, the future of Loudoun County is very important to me. Loudoun is my home. I am a voter and a citizen of this county. I've grown up here and I have watched Loudoun grow. As I get older I want to continue to live and work in the area and contribute to our local economy. The Metro would bring business to the area that could make all the difference in my finding a job. It would also mean better access to work in DC. I know several people who hold government jobs and battle DC traffic every morning. It is stressful and has affected both their physical and mental health. Public transportation could help alleviate a lot of their daily stress. Some critics of the Metro question whether or not …
Friday, June 22, 2012
Reader focuses on job opportunities rail stations in Loudoun could provide.
Friday, June 22, 2012
I have been watching the argument over the Phase II development of the Silver Line for a while now, and while all of the political name calling, buffoonery and otherwise playground bullying is to be expected, it's leaving out one important aspect - how the Rail will benefit people who aren't working for the government, or who aren't employed by the numerous government contractors in the area. I am a consultant for several local and national businesses. I love my work. I am also a single mom with special needs kids who benefit greatly from the Loudoun Schools' dedication to serving their various quirks and disabilities. I was also, at one point, one of the stay-at-home-moms with a husband I never saw because of the commute to DC. When it …
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Three supervisors sought additional delay, possibly until December.