Metro Board Member Will Push to Kill the $5.8 Billion Silver Line Extension in Ploy for More Funding from Virginia

The Washington Post reports, “In an apparent effort to pressure Virginia and its suburbs to contribute more money to [the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority], a board member said Tuesday [November 29] that he will ask the agency to consider canceling the $5.8 billion Silver Line extension, which is expected to open in 2020. The proposal from board member Corbett A. Price, who represents the District, was immediately dismissed by Virginia officials, who said cancellation would break contracts and trigger lawsuits without necessarily saving any money. The second phase of the 23.1-mile line is well underway.” The report adds, “Dulles Toll Road users are paying for more than 70 percent of the project’s cost.”