Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Reaffirms Commitment to Dulles Rail Phase 2
April 10, 2012 – Today, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors reaffirmed our commitment to Phase 2 of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project. It is my hope that Phase 2 will move forward as planned and we will all be able to take advantage of the enormous economic development opportunities the Silver Line extension will present.
This vote comes after significant public outreach that included a series of public meetings, online forums, and a full public hearing to receive comments from county residents. At these events and at online forums, we received mostly favorable comments and testimony. A common theme concerned affordability of the Dulles Toll Road. This is something that I am working hard to address and am hopeful that funding from the General Assembly for this purpose will be forthcoming.
Today's vote not only comes on the heels of recent public outreach, but after many years of work toward realizing Rail to Dulles. It’s important to remember that groundwork for rail in corridor was actually laid decades ago beginning in the 1960’s with construction of Dulles Airport. I wrote a lengthy history of the project in this month’s Bulova Byline which can be downloaded at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/chairman/pdf/bylineapr12.pdf.
In addition to voting to move forward with Phase 2 of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved Silver Line station name recommendations. After the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority rejected our initial suggestions, Fairfax County reached out to the community to solicit feedback. The Silver Line station name survey drew over 16,000 responses. The WMATA Board will now hold a vote on final approval of these station names:
Reston Town Center
Fairfax County has reaffirmed its commitment to the completion of the
Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project today and I am hopeful that our
partners in Loudoun County will come to a positive decision in order to
keep this project on track. Rail to Dulles remains my top transportation
priority and I will continue to work to complete this project in a way
that is affordable to our residents, commuters and corporate
Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors