Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Former supervisor Stevens Miller weighs in on litigation over Martire’s seat.
The Metropolitan Washington Airport’s Authority Board has been the subject of wide-ranging criticism for its overly generous travel policy granted to its directors. The generous travel policy led Gov. Bob McDonnell to remove Loudoun resident Dennis Martire from the MWAA Board, citing Martire’s travel on behalf of MWAA as his cause for doing so. But just this week a Fairfax judge ruled that McDonnell had not demonstrated cause to remove Martire. It’s not surprising that the judge ruled against McDonnell. No taxpayer money was involved — numerous MWAA directors traveled using funds derived from the service fees paid by airlines and other airport users. However, most people would probably be in favor of a more austere travel policy if it …
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
One reader suggests Virginia should revoke MWAA’s operating permit for the Dulles Toll Road.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
There are two things that can be done to avoid the problems ahead for commuters and residents around Route 7 between Sterling and Tysons Corner. The first solution: Virginia must retake the Dulles Toll Road (DTR). Secretary Sean Connaughton on April 14, 2012 said the state was so unhappy with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority that it would rather finish building the Silver Line itself. “We are actively evaluating whether we can take the project over. These guys [MWAA] are a disaster,” Connaughton said. “We’re at the point, quite honestly, where we think we could potentially do it better, cheaper, faster.” The Virginia Department of Transportation controls the Operating Permit for the DTR and could revoke that permit based on a…
Friday, July 27, 2012
At least five groups have surfaced so far with plans to bid on Metro’s project to extend rail to Dulles and Ashburn.
CORRECTION: Five groups have already begun assembling teams to propose bids, not four as initially reported. All five teams are listed at the bottom of the story. Initial story: Hundreds of people representing contractors and subcontractors hoping to be part of the winning bid to construct the second phase of the Metro’s Silver Line to Dulles Airport and Ashburn attended a conference Thursday to learn more about the process and meet construction teams planning to bid on the project. At least five groups have already begun assembling teams to bid on the $1.4 billiion to $1.5 billion “Package A” of the construction project, which includes everything except the rail yard and the five parking garages that may never go to bid. If all goes as …
Saturday, July 14, 2012
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority says the project is moving into the next phase.
Saturday, July 14, 2012
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority has begun the process of selecting a design-build contractor for Phase 2 of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project. Beginning Phase 2 is an important milestone for the project to extend to the Dulles Airport and into Loudoun County, MWAA announced on Friday. MWAA has issued a Request for Qualifications Information in order to solicit information from potential bidders for the 11.5-mile project that will extend from Wiehle Avenue in Reston west to Dulles Airport, ending at Route 772 in eastern Loudoun County. The RFQI has been posted on the Airports Authority website and can be found here. “We are grateful to our project partners in the Federal Government, Virginia, Fairfax and Loudoun …
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
After contentious four months, a divided board stays with the project.
With more eyes on Loudoun County than likely have ever been on it, the Loudoun Board of Supervisors voted 5-4 on Tuesday to continue participating with the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project, which will extend the now-under-construction Silver Line from Wiehle Avenue in Reston to Route 772 in Ashburn. “Well the day has finally come for this board to make the decision about the future of Loudoun County,” County Chairman Scott K. York (I-At Large) said as the vote approached. “This will help our employers reach our employees regionally.” York and Supervisors Ken Reid (R-Leesburg), Ralph Buona (R-Ashburn), Matt Letourneau (R-Dulles) and Shawn Williams (R-Broad Run) voted in supported, while Supervisors Suzanne Volpe (R-Algonkian), Geary …
Monday, July 2, 2012
The American Tradition Partnership points to record of unseating candidates.
Monday, July 2, 2012
A group opposed to Loudoun County’s participation in the extension of Metro’s Silver Line sent the county’s Board of Supervisors a letter warning members that they would be targeted in future election for voting in favor of the project. Donald Ferguson, a former aide to Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling) and now executive director for American Tradition Partnership, signed the letter, which does not threaten to sue the county, but points to its success in litigation. “ATP has one purpose,” Ferguson wrote to supervisors. “To make sure there are consequences for politicians who want to use taxpayers, mom-and-pop business owners and employers as nothing more than punching bags and ATM machines. We can’t be shut up or shut down.” The …
Loudoun is set vote on Metro Tuesday, giving residents a few more opportunities to speak out.
Loudoun residents, and some from beyond, just may show up one more time Monday to tell the Board of Supervisors how they feel about the county's participation in the Metro's Silver Line project. With a vote set for Tuesday and deadline on Wednesday, supervisors have a regularly scheduled public input session at the County Government Center in Leesburg, during which resident may speak about any issue they wish. Let everyone else know how you feel in comments below. We've had lots of folks weigh in on Patch. Has your voice been heard? Residents also have another day to try to get their email messages in support or against to board members. Contact information for supervisors is as follows: All Board members receive mail and calls at: Loudoun…
Monday, June 25, 2012
As critical deadline nears, opposition pushes against the project; some proposed tax districts are set aside.
With about a week to decide whether to participate in the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project, the Loudoun Board of Supervisors has set one final work session for 5 p.m. Friday, June 29, at the County Government Center in Leesburg to discuss potential ways to pay for it. And late last week, the opposition to the project continued to distribute fliers that say homeowners and businesses “will get buried in debt and taxes.” The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce has offered support for the project as well as new taxes on businesses to pay for it, with a sunset provision. The fliers left on cars last week join an array of flies left in eastern Loudoun communities in recent weeks. An unidentified group left fliers on cars at a church in Sterling …
Thursday, May 24, 2012
As decision looms on Silver Line participation, supervisors wade through details, analysis.
As the Loudoun Board of Supervisors begins a series of outreach meetings about the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project, much of the long-awaited information about parking needs and possible project financing methods has been presented to the board and negotiations may truly begin. Possibly the key discussion residents and supervisors had been waiting for centers on how the county would pay for such a project. Staff members described two tools that could be used in a range of scenarios to pay for the project. The primary new sources of revenue under consideration include a countywide commercial and industrial, or C&I, tax along with a service district tax for properties within one or two miles of the rail stations. Variations were also shown …