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For Immediate Release | View this Media Advisory as a PDF file

Those seeking elected office will learn about status of project as well
as importance of competitive bidding

Tysons Corner, Va. (May 15, 2007)—TysonsTunnel.org—a diverse and unprecedented coalition of community, private-citizen and business groups—will hold a Dulles Metrorail Extension project briefing session this Friday for elected officials and candidates seeking elective office. Invited guests include current office holders as well as challengers for a number of elected positions at the federal, state and local levels in Fairfax, Prince William, Alexandria, Fauquier and Loudoun counties as well as the cities of Falls Church, Clifton, Manassas, Vienna and Herndon. To date, more than 20 elected officials and candidates plan to attend the briefing session.

During the briefing attendees will be updated on the current status of the Dulles Metrorail Extension project and will be informed why a competitive bidding process should be conducted for the design-build of Phase I from the West Falls Church station to the planned Wiehle Avenue station in Reston. A tentative $2.7 billion agreement between the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (VDRPT) and Dulles Transit Partners, a construction consortium headed by Bechtel Infrastructure, Inc., was sole-sourced, prohibiting competition from other entities. TysonsTunnel.org President Scott A. Monett will explain the benefits of competitive bidding, including cost-savings and cost-escalation protections for taxpayers.

The briefing is open to any federal, state or local elected official or candidate seeking public office who is interested in learning more about this major transportation project, which will impact the lives of millions of area residents, taxpayers and voters because they are liable for underwriting a significant share of the cost to build this new Metro railway.


Dulles Metrorail Extension Briefing for Federal, State & Local Elected Officials and Candidates Seeking Public Office

Scott A. Monett, President of TysonsTunnel.org

7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Friday, May 18

The Tower Club
Tysons Corner
8000 Towers Crescent Drive
Suite 1700
Vienna, Va. 22182

To update elected officials and candidates for public office on the status of the Dulles Metrorail project and to discuss why competitive bidding process should be conducted for the largest public transportation project to date for Fairfax and Loudoun Counties.

Candidates who have not yet confirmed but wish to attend can reserve a spot at the briefing by contacting Tatyana Schum at (703) 795-2967 or tschum@tysonstunnel.org. Be sure to identify what office you hold or are running for in your e-mail.

Members of the media are invited to attend the session and to talk with TysonsTunnel.org President Monett and attendees after the session. Media planning to attend should RSVP by contacting Alan Greilsamer of Communications Resources, LLC at (703) 760-7007 or agreilsamer@communications-resources.com.

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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For media inquiries:
Alan Greilsamer / Communications Resources, LLC
Phone: (703)760-7007 office / (703) 201-2508 mobile
E-mail: agreilsamer@communications-resources.com

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