LTE: Chamber ‘Dead Wrong’ on Metro
An opponent of the proposal to bring rail to Ashburn questions support of Loudoun business panel.
Mr. Garber’s capital cost number is accurate according to a conversation I had with Scott York and two other supervisors recently, but it is an estimate until final numbers come out. Not sure how the difference between 300 and 350 is 250 percent.
Thanks for bringing up WMATA numbers. This is the big nut and it has only entered the conversation thanks to some sharp people in Fairfax that are a few years further into this.
County staff had this pegged as TBD in until it was forced into the open recently. Now they are low-balling it until NVTC comes up with an estimate of Loudoun’s share. Would you trust that bunch of beltway Democrats with your blank check Mr. Howard?
Pages 17 and 18 show the Capital Needs Inventory at $13.3 BILLION. That is more than the entire original Metro system cost to build. They are holding it until Loudoun jumps in. We’re rich, remember.
As for Mr. Fuller, I’ve seen the letter promoting rail to Scott York. It is a joke and reeks of academic prostitution. He contradicts himself repeatedly and he ignores and attempts to outweigh the RCLCO study with his unsupported opinions. Mr. Fuller’s trick is to use general numbers for enhanced workforce mobility and then insert the favorite of all the pro-rail businesses and politicians you can view on his puffed up online bio.
“40,000 jobs will be created” sounds like a line out of an Obama State of the Union speech. Maybe Fuller is on commission as a writer for him also.
Buses are superior at a fraction of the cost but they cut the developers and the politicians out of the pay-off.
The Loudoun Rail legacy is a long one that brings to mind several of the classic don’ts of decision making:
- Selective Search for Evidence: Gathering facts that support pre-determined conclusions, but disregard other facts that support different conclusions.
- Inertia: Being unwilling to change old thought patterns.
- Wishful Thinking: Wanting to see things in a positive light.
- Repetition Bias: Believing what's been stated the most often and by the greatest number of sources.
- Group Think: Conforming to peer pressure or the opinions of the majority.
This is a forever decision for Loudoun. I hope they get it right by opting out.
The bottom line is that Rail To Loudoun is good for developers, a few businesses, and is a disaster for Loudoun’s homeowners, taxpayers and workforce. Those are the facts, and to use Mr. Howard’s own words, “I cannot fathom why a Loudoun supervisor would support this type of discriminatory treatment against Virginia's contractors and construction workers.”
Opt out, pay nothing, let it come to Dulles, let Tony Howard and his business buddies build it if is so darn good.