Loudoun Opt-out on Metrorail in Virginia's Dulles Greenway more likely
By Peter Samuel
After four hours of debate among Loudoun County commissioners Monday night it is looking less likely there is a majority for extensions of the Dulles Metrorail line into the median of the Dulles Greenway beyond Dulles Airport.
County commissioners met to decide how to raise the $270m required of the County to 'opt-in' to Phase 2 of the project which is majority funded with revenue bonds on the Dulles Toll Road.
Options under consideration are:
1. a county-wide commercial & industrial tax
2. special tax districts on commercial properties around the two county Metrorail stops in the Greenway median
3. tax districts based on the county's planning areas
Four of nine commissioners are pledged to 'Opt out' and one commissioner Eugene Delgaudio said he would vote against every funding option regardless saying Metrorail is "evil." A couple of others say they are unhappy with all the proposed funding mechanisms but it is unclear how they will finally vote.
The Opt-out campaign uses a large plaster 'pig' to represent the financial appetite of Washington's Metrorail.
Any delay or reduction in scope for the Dulles Rail project will reduce the pressure on the Dulles Toll Road funding.
Most likely it would see the rail line end ast Washington Dulles International Airport.