Skip to comments.Loudoun County in hot seat on approving Metro’s Silver Line decision
Posted on 03/24/2012 10:15:24 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
With the clock ticking on whether Northern Virginias two richest counties will go along with the next phase of extending Metrorail to Dulles International Airport, all eyes are on Loudoun Countys recently elected, all-Republican Board of Supervisors.
If the vote were held today, elected officials and business leaders in Fairfax and Loudoun counties say they would not be surprised if Loudouns board opted out of the second phase of a $2.7 billion project that would extend the new Silver Line from Reston.
Citing uncertainty over future ridership and potential costs, at least two members of Loudouns nine-member board have indicated their opposition. Three supervisors lean toward approval. The rest are undecided.
Several said they need to know more about the cost Loudoun will bear for Metros operating subsidy.
All these years, there has never been any serious discussions between Loudoun County and Metro on what our subsidy would be, said Supervisor Kenneth D. Reid (Leesburg). Reid, who wrote in a newsletter this month that he never liked the project, said county staff estimate that the annual operating cost for Loudoun will be at least $20 million.
But the most serious potential deal breaker hinges on whether unionized labor would be given an advantage in securing a piece of the project, which is being managed by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. In screening bids, the airports authority wants to give a 10 percent bonus to contractors who agree to collectively bargain work rules, under what is known as a project labor agreement.
A voluntary form of such an agreement has been in place for Phase 1.
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If the Loudoun County Republicans now running things have any sense of fiscal restraint and ethics they’ll run like scalded dogs away from this POS.
For years I used mass transit to commute into DC, starting with picking up an express bus at the Herndon/Monroe Park and Ride that’s pretty close to the Fairfax/Loudoun County line and taking it into West Falls Church Metro.
Setting aside how TPTB have been slowly jacking up taxes, bus fares and Dulles Toll Road tolls to pay for building the “Silver Line”, I figured that if I was forced to actually use the thing I’d see my daily commuting costs go up about 50% (largely due to having to pay the confiscatory parking rates Metro charges for its garages) and an addition 20 minutes tacked each way onto my commute (since the Silver Line would run a lot slower than the bus due to the additional stops and the “detour” through Tysons).
AND I’d be saddled with Metro’s infamous reliability issues for just about my entire commute, rather than 2/3rds of it. Metro can’t manage the system it currently HAS, and treats it more like a Great Society welfare program (obscenely generous union contracts and all that) than a real transit business ... and they expect taxpayers and riders to just trust them to manage a 25+ mile extension out past Dulles?!?
It’s about time someone stood up and told them “NO.” Hopefully this new crowd in Loudoun will be the ones to do that.
In some respects mass transit from big cities to the suburbs is like section 8 housing projects built in the suburbs. Crime rates can spike when they happen.
Left NOVA6 years ago....moved back to NC where Iredell county rejected this crap