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TYSONS TUNNEL SAYS IT’S TIME TO PUT THE DULLES CORRIDOR METRORAIL PROJECT BACK ON TRACK
Group says controversial project needs to be reinvigorated
Tysons Corner, Va. (January 21, 2008) — Following is a statement by Tysons Tunnel President Scott A. Monett regarding recent developments affecting the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project:
“Recent news stories indicate that a Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) decision on proposed funding for the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project is imminent. These stories also report that the FTA and the U.S. Department of Transportation may demand additional changes to this prohibitively expensive project.
“To say the review process has been a very long and involved affair would be a gross understatement. The project’s path to its current state of uncertainty has been complicated by its costliness, expansiveness and complexity, and compounded greatly by the controversial decision to build an above-ground railway through Tysons Corner.
“Tysons Tunnel continues to draw widespread support from the majority of Northern Virginia residents who believe that the Tysons Corner section of the rail line should be underground. We also share the majority of the public’s position that this multi-billion dollar project should be opened for bidding so that multiple construction firms can compete for the right to build the railway to Dulles International Airport.
“Federal government concerns about the project’s ever-growing cost and sole-outsourcing to a construction firm with a dubious track record can be put to rest by opening up the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project for competitive bidding, with underground and elevated railways considered side-by-side.
“This common-sense approach would spur competition in the bidding process and thereby drive down the project’s costs. At the same time, a fully informed decision can be made about the rail line’s pathway in Tysons Corner—once and for all.
“We and our supporters believe strongly that this approach would reinvigorate the project and get the Dulles Metrorail Project back on track. It’s what the citizens of the greater Tysons Corner area demand. Now is the time to do the right thing.”
TysonsTunnel.org represents an unprecedented coalition of community associations, small businesses, environmental groups, landowners, civic groups, homeowner associations, major corporations and private citizens calling for competitive bidding of the Metrorail extension to Dulles Airport and supporting construction of a tunnel under Tysons Corner.
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