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McAuliffe Tours Reston Metro Station Construction

Democratic hopeful for governor of Virginia discusses job growth and infrastructure needs.

Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe (D) toured the Reston Station construction site Thursday to hear what the next Governor can do to help promote infrastructure development and economic growth.

Reston Station is being developed through a public-private partnership between Comstock Partners and Fairfax County. It will be the site of the 2,300 commuter parking garage spaces and the mixed-use development planned at the Wiehle-East Silver Line Metro stop.

 “We need successful infrastructure projects in Virginia because they create jobs when we build them and add tremendous value for communities and neighborhoods that will now be served by transit,” McAuliffe said.  “We must continue to find mainstream solutions to improve our infrastructure, grow the economy, and make Virginia more attractive to businesses and families.”

The parking structure is expected to be completed next year, and trains are expected to start arriving at Reston Station in December 2013.

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Dave Webster December 17, 2012 at 09:41 PM
There's not a lot to this article other than Terry McAuliffe went to the parking garage under construction in Reston, took a look around, and gave a one minute speech.
Bob Bruhns December 18, 2012 at 12:04 PM
Now, if McAuliffe had, say, asked about the sky-high COST of the project... about how it is priced at two times what it should have cost... about how that causes a cascade of expense, because of the finance costs of the borrowing that is needed to support the excessive payments... about the false plan of funding it from toll road tolls... about the disaster heading this way with the rising tolls, falling income and resulting traffic jams on the side roads... well then, that would be a big story, wouldn't it. But of course, it's not just McAuliffe who is denying us this interesting discussion. Every leader and every news source is whistling and looking the other way. Isn't that interesting.
Jonathan Erickson December 18, 2012 at 12:27 PM
And you expected what Dave? A photo-op and getting his name out there is what he is about. He talks about infrastructure value but as Bob alludes to how about infrastucture costs that are excessive. Considering the IG audits of the MWAA why is it no one wants call a skunk a skunk. Would you please tell why DWI checkpoints are advertised? Is it just so we catch the stupidiest drunks instead of all of them?
Dave Webster December 18, 2012 at 01:27 PM
I expect to see photo ops during an election but this one seemed to be more of a non-event than usual. Roadblocks are a violation of our freedom from unreasonable search and seizure guaranteed by the 4th Amendment to the United States Consitution and Article 1, Section 10 of the Virginia State Constitution. Therefore, roadblocks must operate under certain restrictions in order to pass Constitutional muster. For example, a roadblock must be controlled by a written policy to be valid. If in addition to having a written plan, the police announce the location of a roadblock it may lessen the chance of an attorney successfully challenging an arrest made at the roadblock as being in violation of his client's 4th Amendment rights. As a general matter, and this is just speculation, announcing a checkpoint might have the effect of deterring drunken driving in general if someone who is inclined to drink and drive knows that there will be a roadblock somewhere in the area where he, or she, lives.

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