Friday, April 26, 2013
More midday and evening routes for Fairfax County buses added as result of public input sessions; final plan expected in June.
The Fairfax County Department of Transportation is zeroing in on a plan for enhanced bus service to help residents get to new Metro stations when the Silver Line opens at the end of 2013. More than 40 percent of the Fairfax Connector system will change in some way when those stations open, and officials are seeking feedback from residents to provide the best service possible. Wednesday night’s meeting in Tysons marked the end of the second round of public input sessions on the routes. FCDOT representatives conducted the first round in February, when many residents wanted to see changes to route layouts and bus frequency. The revised plan features more midday and evening bus service on Reston and Herndon routes. Officials also restored the …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Capital Rail Constructors showed lowest bid for Silver Line construction.
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority on Thursday issued a Notice of Recommended Award to Capital Rail Constructors for the major design-build portion of Silver Line Phase 2 rail to Dulles. Capital Rail Constructors is comprised of Clark Construction Group and Kiewit Infrastructure South Co. The recommendation recognizes CRC as the low-price proposer for the contract, but does not constitute a final award of the contract, MWAA said in a statement. The announcement follows an MWAA review of Capital Rail Constructors’ $1,177,777,000 proposal, which was determined to meet all necessary requirements, MWAA said. Capital Rail Constructors’ price proposal was the lowest of the five read by the Airports Authority at a public opening last …
Study shows access for Metro's arrival has a way to go.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Annual Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce's Virtual Realty Tour looks ahead to Silver Line, development and office space.
Area development leaders took part in the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce's annual Virtual Realty Tour last week at the Westin Washington Dulles Airport. Among the speakers: Gerald L. Gordon, President & CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority; Chairman Scott York of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors; Hunter Mill Supervisor Cathy Hudgins; Margaret McKeough, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority and Mark Looney and Coleen Gillis Snow from Reston-based Cooley, LLC. The speakers looked at current and upcoming development in the Dulles corridor- at a crucial time since Metro's Silver Line is set to open at the end of 2013.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Virginia governor says savings on construction will be passed on to savings by drivers.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority's five proposals for construction of Phase 2 of the Silver Line came in far below expectations - which he predicts will mean major savings for Virginia taxpayers and users of the Dulles Toll Road. MWAA received proposals last week from Bechtel Transit Partners, Capital Rail Constructors, Dulles APC Railbuilders, Dulles Metrorail Connectors, and Silver Line Constructors. The estimates range from $1.17 billion to $1.37 billion, MWAA said. MWAA is expected to conduct a detailed review of the proposals and award a contract later this spring. The $2.7 billion Phase 2 is being built without federal funding (Phase 1 received $900 million in federal dollars). It will …
Friday, April 19, 2013
Contractors estimate costs of $1.1 to more than $1.3 billion.
Five contractors - including Reston-based Bechtel - have entered bids to construct Phase 2 of Metro's Silver Line, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority announced Friday. The bids ranged from $1.1 to $1.3 billion. Phase 2 is the 11.4-mile segment of the Silver Line that will run from Reston's Wiehle Avenue to Dulles International Airport and into Ashburn, Phase 1 of the Silver Line, from Tysons Corner to Wiehle Avenue, is nearly completed and scheduled to open in December. MWAA said Friday the award of the Phase 2 contract will occur after a review to validate that each proposal properly responds to the solicitation. “Today is a significant step toward the selection of the design-build contractor for Phase 2,” Pat Nowakowski, …
Monday, April 15, 2013
Fairfax County wants your input on revised bus routes for Silver Line service.
Fairfax County will hold more meetings this week to discuss a revised plan for changes to Fairfax Connector bus routes when Metro's Silver Line opens in December. The plan includes the creation of 12 new routes, the restructuring of 24 existing routes and the elimination of six routes, says the Fairfax County Department of Transportation. The revised plan incorporates changes suggested by riders and the community, since the original service proposal was released in January 2013. The complete bus service plan will be discussed at each meeting, with special emphasis placed on area service changes for the general vicinity of each meeting location. Meeting schedule: Click here to see the full list of county route changes. Stay up to date …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Using "Scenario G" estimates, Reston population growth could squeeze schools.
If the Reston Master Plan Task Force uses Scenario G to project future population growth in Reston, South Lakes High School will have close to 3,000 students in it by 2018, a Reston 20/20 blog post says. The Reston Citizens Association advocacy group cites a December Fairfax County Public Schools' memo that uses the assumptions of 82 new single-family homes, 649 townhouses, 3,748 low-rise units and 20,000 high-rise units built in Reston in the next several years. The development is expected to occur in relation to the late 2013 opening of Metro's Silver Line, which is expected to add high-density housing in many spots close to stations at Wiehle-Reston East and Reston Parkway. The memo estimates an impact of 2,914 new students to the South…
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
With Silver Line's 2013 opening, there will be altered - and added - bus routes. Give Fairfax County your opinion.
The Fairfax County Department of Transportation will hold public meetings and an Ask Fairfax! online chat to discuss a Fairfax Connector proposed bus service plan coming with the opening of Metro later this year. Metro's Silver Line Phase 1 is slated to open in December. The transit line will run from Tysons to Reston's Wiehle Avenue, resulting in changed to local bus service. The plan includes the creation of 12 new routes, the restructuring of 24 existing routes and the elimination of six routes, Connector officials say. The revised plan incorporates changes suggested by riders and the community, since the original service proposal was released in January 2013. The complete bus service plan will be discussed at each meeting, with special…
Friday, March 29, 2013
The contractors plans to deliver project on time, but contingencies are in place to keep rail on track.
After reports that delays on a rail yard project at West Falls Church could delay the start date for the Metro’s Silver Line, a representative for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority denies the claim. MWAA is constructing the 23-mile Silver Line extension. Marcia McAllister, spokeswoman for the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project, an arm of MWAA, acknowledged the contractor’s schedule had slipped on the Falls Church rail yard. The rail yard is needed to help accommodate the additional trains operating along the Silver Line, which will run from East Falls Church to Reston in its first phase and beyond to Ashburn when complete. McAllister said the part of the rail yard project experiencing delays was a service and inspection …