Concerns About Silver Line Linger

Costs, impact on local roads could mean traffic snafus in Reston.

A story in Sunday's Washington Post has opinions from the and advocacy group Reston2020 on the impact of the Silver Line, set to make its first stop at Wiehle Avenue in late 2013.

It's not all positive thinking.

GRCC says response to its recent survey about Metro has been "overwhelmingly positive." Reston2020's Terry Maynard, meanwhile, says one of his worries is the impact on local roads with so many more people driving to Reston to pick up the Metro.

Reston's Wiehle Station, which will be the end of the Silver Line until Phase 2 is built in 2016, is the only Silver Line station with ample parking. There will be more than 2,000 spots in the seven-story parking garage.

And, as always, the rising cost for Dulles Toll Road users remains a concern.

Read the whole story here.


Tammi Petrine March 12, 2012 at 01:36 PM
The issue is not whether to build the Silver Line or not. The line is going to Dulles Airport at least. To have it end at Wiehle would be disastrous for Reston. BUT rather folks should be outraged at the scheme to pay for it. TOLLS ONLY for a HUGE % of Billions of $ from BOTH Phases 1 AND 2 is totally unfair and egregious. The people who claim that "you chose to live away from your job" or "you choose the tollway vs. other routes" are way off base. Who in their right mind knows of any other means of getting to the Beltway other than the tollway? All other roads are gridlocked now. If you don't think so, try them. Mr. VDOT is wholly ignorant about the capacity of Rt 7 and Lawyers Rd to handle any more traffic! Not all DTR users are commuters into DC or along Metro lines and can NOT use Metro as a viable alternative. Stop the linear thinking, folks. What about the service people in trucks or people who shop and are carrying goods, etc, etc. To spout that everyone can use Metro is just plain idiotic thinking. But you are not alone. Our elected officials are totally responsible for this terrible unfair funding scheme and have used little imagination to spread the costs around. Instead they see the DTR tolls as easy pickin's and are not concerned with layering the costs around to be fair and/or creative. And the Chamber should be concerned too; who is going to pay a huge toll when patrons can go elsewhere to work, eat and shop??? HELLO??? Really?
Tammi Petrine March 12, 2012 at 01:47 PM
To complain about the unfair and crippling tolls for those of us living in or having businesses in the Dulles Corridor and for the region as a whole, go to Reston2020.blogspot.com for a how-to-guide. YOUR voices must be heard NOW. Inertia will kill our communities. Please be a part of the solution to this critical problem. There ARE better answers!!! Demand them. Thank you!
Terry Maynard March 12, 2012 at 03:09 PM
To follow up on Tammi's comment below, here are a couple of links to "fact sheets" about future tolls and traffic diversion on the DTR: --Tolls will double next year (to $4.50 one way), triple in six, and quadruple in 10. Longer term, you will pay $6-$7 one way in today's dollars to use the toll road. http://www.reston2020.blogspot.com/2012/03/dulles-toll-road-fact-sheet-1-excessive.html --About 10,000 cars per day will be added to Reston's streets next year if 18% if DTR users divert to other routes as CDM Smith forecasts. That number grows as tolls rise--even allowing for Metrorail availability. http://www.reston2020.blogspot.com/2012/03/dulles-toll-road-fact-sheet-2-traffic.html We need rail to Dulles, but it is dangerous and disruptive to put 75% of the construction costs on toll road users.


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