December 04, 2008


The Metro Silver Line is back from the dead:

The Federal Transit Administration has approved its share for the extension of Metrorail to Dulles International Airport, a move that almost guarantees the $5.2 billion project will become a reality.

Approval of the money now goes onto to Transportation Secretary Mary Peters and the Office of Management and Budget, but most officials involved in the project say the transit agency’s approval was the major obstacle. After those approvals, Congress must then approve the money.

The planned Silver Line would run 23 miles from Falls Church to the bustling Tysons Corner on its way to Dulles International Airport and Loudoun County.

The first stage, which extends to Tysons Corner, is expected to be completed in 2013. The second phase would be finished two years later. (The Washington Post)

I know this is of absolutely no interest whatsoever to our readers outside the NoVA area, but I am of decidedly mixed views about it. If you clicky through to the WaPo article, you can read about all the Happy Megalopolis of the Future plans for Tyson's Corner. Orgle Manor is located within a couple of Elway touchdown bombs of the place, so presumably all this future desirability will rub off on our property value. On the other hand, good God almighty is the place going to be a freakin' mess for the foreseeable future! Especially given that the current plan is to put the extension on a damned elevated track, instead of, as wanted by many of us locals, in a tunnel.

Posted by Robert at December 4, 2008 02:36 PM | TrackBack

I am most unhappy about this development. When the Silver Line arrives, Blue Line service to Farragut West (upon which I rely to get to work) will almost certainly be eliminated.

However, I agree with you that if it must be built, it should be underground. Did the folks in Fairfax not learn anything from Arlington's experience?

Posted by: ChrisN at December 4, 2008 08:58 PM

The elevated track idea is a mystery to me. I makes way more sense to put it underground. But I'm glad that the line will be done - it's much needed out this way.

Posted by: jen at December 5, 2008 09:46 AM