Friday, February 29, 2008

Governor Vows to Fight Re-Soliciting Proposals for Dulles Rail

Today's Washington Post reports that Gov. Timothy M. Kaine will oppose efforts to force the state to rebid the proposed Metrorail extension to Dulles International Airport.

The Post says, "In the House version of the 2008-10 budget, Del. Joe T. May (R-Loudoun) inserted a provision that instructs the Virginia Department of Transportation to 're-solicit competitive proposals' for the project.

May's amendment comes after federal officials announced last month that they are unlikely to fund the project as it is currently structured.

Kaine (D) and Virginia's congressional delegation are trying to work with federal officials to salvage the plan and secure as much as $900 million in federal aid for the $5 billion project.

At a meeting Thursday between House and Senate budget negotiators, Kaine said one of his top priorities is having May's language removed.

Stay tuned to Loudoun County Traffic for more developments in the Dulles Rail saga.

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