Tuesday, April 8, 2008

More Media on Dulles Rail

According to an article in today's Washington Examiner, a group that mounted an abortive lawsuit last year to undo a Fairfax County tax district that helps fund the Dulles Rail project expects to start another legal challenge.
Dulles Corridor Users Group founder Chris Walker, a developer and long time opponent of extending rail to Washington Dulles International Airport, has drafted a petition seeking to scrap the sprawling district and refund the about $74 million in taxes collected under it since 2004. While the petition appears to be largely symbolic, Walker said it could be a precursor to a lawsuit if it is rejected by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

Dulles Rail’s future hangs in the balance while the Federal Transit Administration decides whether to fund a key $900 million. Talk of refunding the tax district money has intensified since the FTA said earlier this year the rail is too expensive and problematic to meet the agency’s standards. No final determination has been made.

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