Phase 2 Dulles Rail Stays on Track
Loudoun Board Opts In
In a historic vote, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors decided to "opt in" and participate in the funding and operation of Phase 2 Dulles Rail.
The vote was 5 to 4 with Chairman Scott York and Supervisors Buona, Letourneau, Reid and Williams voting in the affirmative, and Supervisors Clarke, Delguadio, Higgins and Volpe voting no.
The vote came after a tremendous outpouring of support from Loudoun businesses and residents.
The Board's decision gives the green light for the solicitation of bids and other logistical necessities. Phase 2 construction may begin in early 2013, with service opening in 2018.
By a separate 7 to 2 vote, the Board voted to direct staff to begin the groundwork to establish a tax district by January 2013 to finance the county's share.
A public hearing will be held on this matter by November 1, 2012.
Although construction can move forward, more heavy financial lifting by the Commonwealth of Virginia and others will be required if Dulles Toll Road tolls are to remain reasonable and Dulles Corridor activity centers are to achieve their potential.
Rail in the Dulles Corridor between Tysons Corner and eastern Loudoun County has been a long-standing Alliance priority.
Congratulations to Loudoun Supervisors
On this Historic Vote