What is the extension of Metrorail to Dulles going to cost? Four billion dollars has become five billion dollars, and as Bacon’s Rebellion reports, it will only continue to rise. To make matters worse, these project cost increases put at risk the federal funding component which is about the only thing that makes the cost of this project remotely bearable by the Commonwealth’s taxpayers. Will Virginia taxpayers have to bear the full five, six or seven billion dollar cost of this boondoggle?
Advocates of the transportation compromise which passed in the General Assembly last session trumpeted how historic it was that we could devote an entire three billion dollars to transportation improvements throughout the Commonwealth over a period of several years by going into debt. That actually made considerable sense. Now it appears that a single project benefiting only a small portion of the Commonwealth’s residents will cost perhaps twice as much, and there is a risk that a significant portion of that funding package may get diverted to Northern Virginia in order to protect federal funding for the extension of mass transit to Dulles Airport. That is an outrage.
There are a lot of us who actually like mass transit, but dedicating such huge resources to a single project which will never be financially self-sufficient, and require ever-increasing annual subsidies is a poor use of taxpayer dollars. This project, in it’s current form, needs to be canceled.
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