As Loudoun County girds itself for a decision on
joining the 21st century Phase 2 of the Metro Silver Line project next week, it appears that things could still go either way.
"It is absolutely crunch time," Ashburn Supervisor Ralph Buona (R) said. "We have got to finalize financing by Friday night. There will be more public input on Monday, and we will vote first thing Tuesday.Earlier, three members of the LoCo Board had asked for an extension on the deadline for making a decision on participating in Phase 2, but the airports authority was all like, "naw, ain't gonna happen," so July 4 it is. These are the same three board members that gave the airports authority a reasonable list of 21
"I am cautiously optimistic," he said. "I would say we are 4-3 so far with two in play. We are doing everything we can to bring them over the finish line."
Meanwhile, Gov. Bob McDonnell came to Loudoun to
Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton said he is literally taking it one day at a time.Hey, at least someone's talking about the tolls.
"We've got to look at this in stages," he said. "It has been a multiyear effort to get us to this point. We've got to get past the Loudoun County vote. Before the project can move forward, there has to be confidence in the government, we have to do everything we can to lower the tolls to the lowest amount possible. It is going to be difficult to get additional money out of Richmond until we do that."
So next week is going to be ... interesting! But at least it gives us an excuse to post this: