Want to Talk Metro? Phase 2 Meeting Monday

Third in series of public meetings, as well as Board of Supervisors discussion, on tap this week.

Fairfax County residents will get one more chance to discuss Metro's SIlver Line Phase 2.

The third and final in a a series of public meetings will take place Monday (7 p.m., Fairfax County Government Center conference rooms 9/10, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. (Reachable by transit via Fairfax Connector Routes 605, 621 and 623.)

Also, the Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on the Silver Line and Phase 2 at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20 at Fairfax County Government Center, but will not be discussing station names.

The meetings are a county effort to inform the public about the funding of the $2.7 billion project and gather input on what to name the stations, which will extend west from Wiehle Avenue in Reston to Dulles International Airport and locations in Loudoun County.

Funding for the entire Dulles Metrorail project from Falls Church to Loudoun, including the first phase currently under construction, can be broken down as follows: 16.1 percent from Fairfax County, 4.8 percent from Loudoun County, 4.1 percent from the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), and 75 percent from Dulles Toll Road revenue.

According to officials, Fairfax County will contribute anywhere from $900 to $965 million for both phases of the construction.

But funding isn’t the only thing on residents’ minds. More than 12,000 people have taken Fairfax County’s online survey seeking input for naming the stations. The first set of names were rejected for being too confusing and using the words “Tysons,” “Herndon” and “Reston” in multiple names.

Click here for the full transcript of Fairfax County’s March9 online chat with Metrorail officials.

Steve L March 19, 2012 at 12:15 PM
You make poor assumptions.
Terry Maynard March 19, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Skip--A couple of points: 1. Re construction costs: It's not the costs we're complaining about; it's who pays it. As now planned, about 50K people (Fairfax toll road users) will pay half the $15B in ADDED tolls to cover revenue bonds over the next 40 yrs--not the 1MM who live in FC, much less Metro users for whom the line will be built. For the most part, toll road users don't have reasonable transit access at one end or the other of their trip, so Metro is not an option. And why should they pay that much for something they can't use. 2. Re congestion: If the toll increases go through, there will be plenty of room on the toll road. Forecasts indicate 18% fewer trips next year (when tolls double), 25% fewer trips in 6 years (when tolls triple), and 33% fewer trips in the more distant future despite increases in population and employment along the toll road. Most of those people will be on "free" roads--like Rt. 7, Sunrise Valley Dr., Sunset Hills, etc.
JD March 19, 2012 at 06:45 PM
That's what you get for living in the exurbs
Bob Bruhns March 20, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Anybody who is not concerned with the two to one overcost of Dulles Rail Phase II is welcome to pay the cost of the whole thing. Any takers? I didn't think so. It's interesting to notice that in Loudoun County, there is not even a business rail tax district in the rail station areas. The business leaders who are pushing for rail to Loudoun want to put your money where their mouths are. How many people live and also work along the Dulles Rail line, so that they could take it to and from work? And how many people will be PAYING for the Dulles Rail line? Hmmmm.
Katrina March 21, 2012 at 04:25 PM
What is interesting and what no one has talked about is the fact that the existing road was paid for many years ago. Where has the revenue been going all those years? I personally have not seen that many repairs and the tolls continue to rise. Why couldn't the tolls have been used to help fund this new toll road? I think the residents who live along this route will be paying way too much for the extension. Also what company owns the toll road west into Loudoun? I don't think it is a US Company and the rates continue to rise on that section. How did we let that happen? Perhaps another country would bid to own the new extension as well and most of the residents will not have a say in the matter and the part of the revenue will be paid to another country insteaded of being use locally.


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