UPDATE 3/23: Details of Any Dulles Rail Deal Likely To Remain Secret
A state law governing road and rail projects likely will afford the players in a Dulles rail project a large degree of secrecy with regard to the details of any plan they work out to move thee project forward, according to the latest in today's Metro section.
According to this article from today's Metro section, Gov. Kaine's opposition to the tunnel is likely to be fortified by the results of a new state study. Other officials say that they are preparing to move ahead without the tunnel and that, "the planning phase of this project is closed."
Even as the local cry against overhead tracks becomes stronger, Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D), has not changed his mind to favor the tunnel option. How could a plan that so many local leaders view as detrimental to the future of a Tysons Corner as an urban town center, still be the most likely result of the debate? This front page story from today's Washington Post looks at the question.
Virginia has until May of next year to submit a plan for a Metrorail extension to Dulles International Airport and still qualify for the current federal funding cycle, federal transit officials said yesterday. The news gives hope to backers of the tunnel option since one of the primary arguments against it had been that including a tunnel would delay the planning stage and jeopardize funds. Read about the development here.
According to this article from this morning's Metro section, federal transportation officials have rebuffed a request from Reps. Jim Moran and Tom Davis to take another look at the tunnel.
From today's Metro section:
Group Will Fund Metro Tunnel Study
A group of Fairfax County businesses and residents announced Friday that it has raised $3.5 million to pay for engineering plans showing the feasibility of running a Metrorail extension below ground through Tysons Corner instead of on an elevated track.
The group, organized by the Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce and dubbed TysonsTunnel.org, is seeking to reverse a September decision by Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) against a below-ground route for the four-mile stretch through Tysons.
The group is holding a meeting at 7 tonight at the Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna.
-- Alec MacGillis
This article from yesterday's Metro section offers some more details about the movement to keep the Tysons tunnel on the table.
Originally posted 11/10
Some community groups and businesses are still hoping that a Metrorail tunnel under Tysons Corner will become a reality rather than the elevated track that officials are preparing to build. The story is in this week's Fairfax Extra.