Dulles Rail Project All but Dead – The Post
Virginia officials are saying the Federal Transit Administration has blindsided them with the announcement that the Metro expansion on the Dulles corridor is not likely to receive $900 million of federal funding. The Post obtained the letter FTA chief James Simpson sent to Governor Tim Kaine (PDF).
Not surprisingly, a Post editorial wonders why the FTA took so long (after many millions of dollars were already spent) to announce its intentions. It also raises the question of how much administration ideology played a part (The Post) in the FTA’s handling of the Dulles corridor Metro.
These recent developments are bad news for Northern Virginia and greater Washington D.C. There has been failure at just about every possible level along the way. Hopefully, this is just a setback, albeit a large one, to bringing mass transit to the 17th largest business district and 16th busiest airport in the country.
More from The Wash. Times: Years of planning, investment unravel at likely death of Dulles Rail
Post columnist Marc Fisher chimes in on Raw Fisher.
Eric McErlain wonders what happens to all of that toll revenue that was suppossed to fund the project on Off Wing Opinion