UPDATE 12/03: Tysons Landowners Getting Behind Rail Plan

Updated 12/3
According to this article from Sunday's Metro section, support for rebooting the Tysons rail plan to put the rail line underground appears to be dwindling.

Updated 11/29
From yesterday's Metro section:

Opponents of an elevated rail line through Tysons Corner have sued the U.S. Department of Transportation, contending that the agency violated federal law by failing to seriously consider the idea of placing the track underground.
The Tysons segment is part of the planned 23-mile Metrorail extension from Falls Church to Dulles International Airport, currently under review by DOT to determine whether it qualifies for federal funding.
Tysons Tunnel Inc., a McLean-based group of Tysons property owners, civic groups and homeowner associations, filed the suit Monday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria.
It was joined as a plaintiff by Ratner Cos., a firm at Route 7 and Spring Hill Road, adjacent to a portion of the proposed elevated line. Opponents of the aboveground line have said that it would hinder the development of Tysons into a mature urban area. The suit said Ratner would suffer from "visual and aesthetic blight" and "negative land use development patterns" created by the elevated tracks.
Tysons Tunnel and Ratner allege that DOT violated the National Environmental Policy Act by failing to carefully evaluate the proposal for a tunnel, especially in light of new "large bore" tunnel-building technology. They say the new techniques, which use machines that can build tunnels wide enough to accommodate two tracks, would have fewer adverse environmental impacts than an elevated line and reduce the cost.
They also contend that DOT violated its procedures by failing to provide for competitive bidding in awarding the design and construction contract to Dulles Transit Partners.
-- Bill Turque

Updated 6/7
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority yesterday inked a deal to begin construction on the first half of the link from Vienna to Dulles for Metrorail. The deal effectively kills the final chances of a tunnel through Tysons Corner as part of the extension unless Fairfax County kills the project altogether by denying funding when the Board of Supervisors vote later this month. Here is the news from the Metro section.

Updated 6/5
According to this article in today's Metro section, the Board of Supervisors don't seem inclined to take a hard line position in favor of the tunnel for fear of jeopardizing the entire project.

Updated 6/1
The FTA yesterday said it will not reconsider reopening an environmental review of the project as tunnel supporters had requested. The news is in today's Metro section.

Originally posted 5/31
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors won't have all of the details they would like to know before a scheduled June 18 vote to fund the beginning of Metro's extension to Dulles International Airport. That's because a report on the financial risks of the project from the Federal Transit Administration has been delayed. Read about the developments in this story from today's Metro section.

By Focus on Fairfax |  December 3, 2007; 10:04 AM ET  | Category:  Government , Transportation
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