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Group Using Robocalls to Derail Silver Line

Conservative group calling Loudoun residents, urging them to withdraw support for Metrorail.

As the July 4 deadline for the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors to decide whether to continue to support Rail to Dulles, some Loudoun residents have been getting robocalls urging them to support the supervisors in a pullout, The Washington Post reports.

The Post reported on Friday that the calls are coming from Americans for Prosperity, a conservative group that advocates for lower taxes and smaller government. Callers are encouraging residents to tell their supervisors they don’t want a tax increase to pay for Metro’s extension.

The callers say Loudoun cannot afford the costs, and that even if Loudoun opts out, the Silver Line will still be built to Dulles International Airport.

The board will meet Monday to hear residents’ comments about the Silver Line. Meanehile, Americans for Prosperity is planning a rally in downtown Leesburg.

The new, all-Republican Loudoun board has

Other issues plaguing the second phase: costs (the project has no federal money whereas Phase 1 has $900 million); and concern over

Phase 1, which is more than 70 percent complete, will run from Falls Church to Reston's Wiehle Avenue. It is slated to be in operation December 2013. Phase 2, from Wiehle to Dulles and into Loudoun County, was slated to open 2016, but the latest issues have already delayed bids to get construction going.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which oversees the $6 billion construction of the Silver Line, is expected to discuss the PLA next week. The Commonwealth is slated to contribute $150 million, but Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) says he will withhold that money if the PLA stays in place.    

Bob Bruhns June 09, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Stix, as an educational exercise, please see if you can locate and post links to any listed rail station costs for Phase I. Let me know when you have done that. You see, MWAA allowed excessive prices for the Phase I items, hiding that at the time - and now you want to point to that as the standard price for such work. But that's not valid - witness the price of the Fairfield Connecticut Metro station (completed in December 2011 after many problems), that cost ONE HALF of what the FTA listed for the Rt 28 station. You know, if the FTA had not messed up with their July 3, 2011 White Paper, and released some numbers (bungling the Rt 28 station cost by $53 million in the process), I wouldn't even know about the Phase II overcosts. But I'm sure you still think FTA has credibility after falsely adding $53 million to that price, after overstating it by 2:1 to begin with. And then they overstated the cost of the parking garages - claiming $26,394 per space, when the cost should be about $15,000 to $16,000 per space. And they overstated the cost of the whole job by nearly 2:1, and then hid some of that cost by dumping the Rt 28 station and the parking garage costs onto Fairfax and Loudoun Counties - who were suddenly happy, after being upset about the cost before that. Oh yes, that's real credibility there. You just can't make this stuff up!
Bob Bruhns June 09, 2012 at 04:25 AM
Stix - here is a hint: http://www.mwaa.com/dulles/2552.htm Oh my, look at all those redactions! You know, other students of overpriced rail tactics might be interested in this too! As I was saying, MWAA put big overcharges into the Phase I prices, and they hid the overcharges with redactions - and now, their apologists use the Phase I prices, to justify the Phase II prices. Despicable, isn't it. This overpricing tactic caused unnecessary hyperinflation in the price of one public project, and it threatens to cause unnecessary hyperinflation in the cost of MANY public projects. JUST SAY NO!
Bob Bruhns June 09, 2012 at 05:11 AM
JW, you should take a look at Fairfield, Connecticut - a very wealthy suburb of New York City. We're not talking about third-world pricing in Fairfield, Connecticut - yet the Metro station just completed there in December 2011 cost HALF of what ours does! The Phase II parking garages are only a few miles from Herndon, Virginia, where the planned Downtown Development parking garage is estimated to cost $15,000 per space - or less - yet the Phase II parking garages are listed at $26,394 per space. The Phase II Metro parking garages are simply too expensive. The Franconia-Springfield Metro extension of 1997, per mile, adjusted for real inflation, cost about HALF of what Dulles Rail Phase II supposedly costs per mile, adjusted for items that the 1997 job did not include. These costs should be equivalent, but they certainly are not. There is no excuse for this, JW - it's massive overpricing, plain and simple, and we are the victims.
Bob Bruhns June 09, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Did you enjoy those redactions, stix? You can find more here: http://www.mwaa.com/dulles/2554.htm (This page has Supporting Documents that were submitted to the Federal Transit Administration on February 1, 2008.) So you see, this is how hyperinflation was orchestrated in the Dulles Rail project. MWAA put big overcharges into the Phase I prices, and they hid the overcharges with redactions so that nobody would know - well, nobody but the insiders, anyway. And now, their apologists are pointing to the Phase I costs, to justify the Phase II costs. I suggest that this trickery should not be allowed to continue. Anyway, let me know if you ever find prices for any of the rail stations in Phase I, stix. I'll listen to the chirping crickets in the meantime.
Bob Bruhns June 21, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Paul, do you even live in Northern Virginia? None of the Dulles Rail Phase II rail extension runs underground. Not one inch of it. So why are you calling it a subway?

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