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Loudoun Board to Request 30-day Extension on Rail Decision

During first work session on Metro, supervisors appear to be divided over the project.

The Loudoun Board of Supervisors held its first work session on the Dulles Corridor Metro Rail Project since receiving the final cost estimate earlier this week.

Board members now have 90 days in which to decide whether to participate in the project. After hearing a presentation by the county staff, supervisors agreed to schedule a public hearing or input session as well as staff outreach sessions.

Supervisor Janet Clarke (R-Blue Ridge) made a motion at the end of the meeting to request a 30-day extension from the project partners, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority and Fairfax County.

The board voted 4-3-2 to send the letter. County Chairman Scott K. York (R-At Large) and Supervisors Ralph Buona (R-Ashburn) and Shawn Williams (R-Broad Run) voted against the motion. Supervisors Geary Higgins (R-Catoctin) and Suzanne Volpe (R-Algonkian) were not present for the vote.

[More to come tomorrow about the work session.]

Marcus Aurelius March 08, 2012 at 02:38 AM
PENNY WISE, POUND FOOLISH? Will our new Board of Supervisors opt out of the rail system extension into Loudoun? What a foolish act that would be! Loudoun County's future economic development is linked to this mass transit project. Will these supposedly business friendly board members withdraw Loudoun funding just so they can look like prudent investors of the county's funds? I hope I am wrong....
Jonathan Erickson March 08, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Economic development is tied to this project and it's called hit or miss. Me I favor prudence when it comes to spending rather than gambling with a huge long term debt that Might bear fruit!
Brian Virgo March 09, 2012 at 01:13 PM
We need to get this rail run to Loudoun. Period. Oddly, it sounds like this vote was only on whether to send a letter to ask for 30 more days to decide.
Bob Bruhns March 09, 2012 at 11:44 PM
People: whoever wants YOU to pay two times what Dulles Rail Phase II should cost, should instead step up and pay for it themselves!

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