For decades, Northern Virginia has been working to bring rail to the Dulles Corridor. The project is finally about to become a reality – but maybe only in part. The Silver Line will be a great asset for our employees, our visitors and our patients.
Phase I of the project opens in late 2013 bringing rail from Falls Church to Wiehle Avenue here in Reston.
Phase II takes Rail from Wiehle through Reston and Herndon, through the airport and out to Loudoun County with three stations and a possible opening date in 2016, but its fate is in the hands of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors who must vote to approve their portion of the funding needed to complete the project. The Loudoun Board is seriously considering not voting to approve their funding share which would seriously alter or kill the second phase of the project. We believe, along with thousands of others, that this would be a mistake.
Reston Hospital Center played a pivotal role in the future of the rail project by becoming one of the key signers of the required legal petition supporting the creation of a tax district to fund Phase II of the Rail to Dulles for Fairfax County. As a tax paying health system, a landowner, and a large employer in the Dulles Corridor, we take seriously our role as a good corporate citizen and community leader. We were proud to sign on to help move this important transportation link forward for the future benefit of our employees, our patients, and the region’s residents.
As members of the Fairfax and Loudoun community, we are anxious to see the project clear the final hurdles and reach its full completion so that it can improve mobility, quality of life, and economic opportunities for our communities. We hope that the Board of Supervisors will support of Loudoun County’s continued participation in Phase II and we have told them that. Now they could really benefit from hearing from you too.
Please consider adding your voice to the call for Rail to Loudoun. I encourage you to visit www.loudounrailnow.com to find out more about the project and to add your name to the petition.