Thursday, February 7, 2008

Today's Media Coverage of Dulles Rail

Here's the latest media coverage on Dulles Rail...

Today's Washington Post In Brief section reports that officials from the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce "are helping lead an effort to mobilize Northern Virginia businesses and residents to fight for the survival of the Metrorail extension to Dulles International Airport."

"The Dulles Corridor Rail Project is more than just the most crucial link in the transportation network serving the Washington, D.C., region. It is perhaps the most vital regional transportation project that also serves our [country's] homeland and national security interests," chamber President Tony Howard said in a statement Monday. "For these reasons alone, federal transit officials must reconsider their apparent decision to deny the limited federal share that this project requires."

Meanwhile, Dr. Gridlock has a letter from a reader and points to the Wilson Bridge and Springfield Interchange projects as hope that the Dulles Rail effort is not yet dead.

"But it's still a bit early to be writing off this railroad. Since the feds surprised many supporters of the $5 billion project with their statements about its dubious prospects, those supporters have not abandoned the plan. Instead, they have issues statements of continued confidence in the plan itself or warned about what will happen to the Washington suburbs if the job doesn't get done."

And yesterday's Fairfax Times reports that because of the uncertain future of the proposed Metrorail line to Washington Dulles International Airport, several Virginia legislators are looking at other options to help ease the traffic problems in Northern Virginia. The Times reports that "Del. Bob Marshall (R-Leesburg) and Sen. Ken Cuccinelli (R-Centreville) held a press conference Feb. 3 to discuss the possibility of using a bus rapid transit system to supplement or replace the proposed rail project."

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