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 …
Monday, July 16, 2012
Despite critics, businesses and landowners appear either enthusiastic or silent as proposal for new assessment heads for hearing.
Now that Loudoun has opted in to Metro’s Silver Line, work will begin on creating the tax district the Board of Supervisors hope will pay for it. Just before the all-Republican board’s divided vote to opt in, supervisors directed staff to begin the process of establishing the ordinances needed to create the tax district, with a public hearing prior to Nov. 1 and an implementation date of Jan. 1, 2013. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, the entity tasked with building both phases of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project, announced last week that it has issued Requests for Qualifications from potential contractors, marking the first move forward on the estimated $2.7 billion second phase project since Loudoun’s July 3 vote. By …
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…
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
'Rush Plus' expands service during rush hour
Metro rolled out its new rush hour program, "Rush Plus," on Monday during rush hour on the Green, Yellow, Blue and Orange lines. For those who use the Blue and Orange Lines, the changes will mean more frequent trains for Orange Line riders and longer waits for Blue Line customers. Rush Plus "is designed to ease crowding, improve the commuting experience for Metrorail riders on the Orange, Blue, Green and Yellow lines, and prepare for the future Silver Line," according to the metro press release about the changes. Expanded service will result in 18 new Orange Line trains during rush hour. The increased service will impact 21 stations, to include Foggy Bottom and Rosslyn. Though the same number of trains will travel through Foggy Bottom and …
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Supervisors received an update about the potential revenue generated by participating in Metro's Silver Line project.
Saturday, May 12, 2012
A trio of panelists promoted the opportunities they believe rail to Loudoun represents as partners await Loudoun’s decision.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
The future Metro station just south of the Town of Herndon and on the north side of the Herndon-Monroe Park and Ride will be named Herndon.
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority approved the name "Herndon" for the future Metro station just south of the Town of Herndon near the Herndon-Monroe Park and Ride. WMATA voted for the name April 26 after a process in which Fairfax County recommended names and WMATA surveyed the public on station names. Metro’s station naming policy requires new station names to be approved by the Metro board. The board recommends that names identify the station locations by geographical features or centers of activity, are distinctive and evoke imagery in the minds of patrons, and are no longer than 19 characters, including spaces and punctuation. WMATA’s survey was available for area residents and Metro riders to take between Feb. 21 and …
Transportation improvement projects, including the Dulles Metrorail Project, are making area commutes longer.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
The Washington, D.C. region has the worst overall commute in the country, according to WTOP. The station reports the Transportation Planning Board and Census Bureau have ranked the commute to and from work in the region as the worst. Current transportation improvement projects are only adding to the long commutes. John Townsend of AAA says depending on traffic the projects add five to 15 minutes to drivers’ commutes, including the Dulles Metrorail Project and HOT lanes projects. "They will (help congestion) eventually," he said to WTOP. "The fact of the matter is there are so many projects going on at the same time, and there are projects going on at night.” This results in round-the-clock traffic. Visit WTOP for to read the full article.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
RA President recommends the name "Reston West - Herndon" for the station that will drop off passengers at the Town of Herndon and the Herndon-Monroe Park-and-Ride.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Reston Association president Kathleen Driscoll McKee sent a letter to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Tuesday with preferred names for the Reston-area stops along the Silver Line. Driscoll McKee says RA would like the station that will drop off passengers in the Town of Herndon to the north and at the Herndon-Monroe Park-and-Ride to the south to be named Reston West-Herndon. Other RA-recommended names for Reston-area stations include Reston East-Wiehle at Wiehle Avenue and Reston Central for Reston Town Center. Meanwhile, two RA board members say the board was not consulted and did not discuss or approve the letter to the BOS, which would be standard policy when presenting an official position of the Board of Directors. "This …