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LaHood to Get Rail Honor

US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will receive award Tuesday from the Dulles Corridor Rail Association.

The Dulles Corridor Rail Association board of directors will present an award to US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood at its annual meeting Tuesday in Tysons Corner.

LaHood, who stepped in to form a compromise among stakeholders to reduce costs for the Silver Line's Phase 2 in 2011  and to keep Loudoun County from pulling out of the project in 2012, will also be the guest speaker at the event.
 
DCRA Chairman Del. Kenneth Plum and Vice Chairman Del, Thomas D. Rust will present the award to the Secretary, according to a news release. Fairfax County Board Chairman Sharon Bulova will provide welcoming remarks.

The Silver Line Phase 1 is on schedule and more than 80 percent completed. It is scheduled to open in December 2103.

For more on the Silver Line, click here.

 

Tony Chang December 11, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Correction: "It is scheduled to open in Dec. 2013" Question: If it's over 80% completed now, why will it take another year to open?
joe brewer December 11, 2012 at 06:06 PM
If it opens in 2103 it's not going to be very useful. BTW how's that pilings testing and the 150 million dollar fund doing that was set aside. Did that money get spent or has it been put back.
laughing in Leesburg December 11, 2012 at 06:08 PM
almost a century to complete...must be government work 2013 or 2103???
Uncle Smartypants December 11, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Until I actually clicked through to this page from my facebook feed, I thought this was Onion article.
Terry Maynard December 11, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Two reasons: 1. "Snowmageddon" slowed construction substantially (although MWAA claims to have largely caught up--at extra cost--by multiple shifts, etc.). 2. The line is supposed to be complete physically in Aug 2013, but there will be several months of testing to make sure it all works & is safe before its open to passengers.
joe brewer December 11, 2012 at 06:42 PM
lol The whole Silver Line process could have been a Onion book!
Bob Bruhns December 14, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Mr. LaHood thinks this double-priced rail ripoff is so great, that it should be a model for similar projects across the country. Unfortunately, people actually fall for this nonsense - so the only thing that is likely to stop that from happening, is national bankruptcy, or maybe the sequestration that is cutting MAP-21 funding of Tifia loans, or Virginia's growing bipartsan unwillingness to waste money on this ripoff project. Look out, people - the money isn't coming, so you have to pay for this yourselves! Changes the whole picture, doesn't it. LaHood calls Metro's Silver Line model for the country WTOP, August 13, 2012 http://www.wtop.com/41/2991855/LaHood-calls-Metros-Silver-Line-model-for-the-country House Passes Continuing Resolution without MAP-21 Spending Levels AASHTO Journal, September 14, 2012 http://www.aashtojournal.org/Pages/091412HouseCR.aspx House Passes Continuing Resolution without MAP-21 Spending Levels Truckinginfo.com, September 18, 2012 http://www.truckinginfo.com/news/news-detail.asp?news_id=78052 Va. lawmakers turn cold shoulder to Fairfax transportation pleas Washington Examiner, December 11, 2012 http://washingtonexaminer.com/va.-lawmakers-turn-cold-shoulder-to-fairfax-transportation-pleas/article/2515709 The excessive pricing of the Dulles Rail - Silver Line Metrorail project http://www.bruhns.us/civic/DullesRail/Dulles-Rail---Silver-Line-overcost-report---Bruhns.pdf

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