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For Immediate Release | View this Press Release as a PDF file

Supervisors restate tunnel support, call for open-and-competitive bidding
for Tysons Metrorail project

Tysons Corner, Va. (March 13, 2007)—A resolution adopted yesterday by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors clearly exhibits to leaders in Richmond local support for a tunnel—a requirement for opening the Metrorail extension bidding process, says Scott Monett, president of TysonsTunnel.org, a diverse and unprecedented coalition of community, private-citizen and business groups backing a tunnel under Tysons Corner.

Through unanimous adoption of the resolution, county leaders restated their support for a tunnel and called for a transparent bidding process for the proposed Metrorail extension to Dulles Airport.

“All the pieces are in place for an open and competitive bidding process. All we need is Gov. Kaine to step to the plate and follow through on his promise to re-examine the tunnel when local affected governments voice their support for that option,” Monett said. “The ball is in Gov. Kaine’s side of the court and TysonsTunnel.org, its supporters as well as Fairfax County leaders and residents eagerly await his decision on opening the bidding for this critical public transportation project. We urge the governor to act immediately to open the bidding process.”

In the resolution the Supervisors note that Fairfax County residents and businesses will contribute $400 million or 16 percent of the funding for the rail project and that the county will pay a significant share of operating and maintenance costs. As such, Supervisors believe the county should have more say in choosing a design for the Metrorail extension.

Additionally, the Supervisors questioned the closed negotiations on the proposed elevated rail, the conflicting interests of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), and the questionable MWAA decision to employ one of its consultants, unqualified for such a task, to review and critique the TysonsTunnel.org tunnel engineering study.

For these and other reasons, the Board called for “an open and competitive bidding process” that “would allow for a level playing field for independent review of the competing proposals, full participation of Fairfax County and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) in the evaluation of the proposals, the opportunity for a lower price, and the opportunity to select the design which best supports the redesign of Tysons Corner to maximize ridership and project success.”

“The Fairfax Board’s vote is important for a couple reasons. First, it will create additional momentum behind the drive to build a less expensive, more environmentally friendly Metrorail tunnel through the Tysons area,” Monett explained. “Second, the resolution shows that the tunnel engineering study commissioned by TysonsTunnel.org is a credible and solid basis for comparing the competing design options.”

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 design-build work for a Tysons tunnel and the Metrorail extension to Dulles Airport.

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