Last week, I wrote about RCA's position on the Metro Silver Line and its effect on the Dulles Toll Road." In the post , I explained the logic behind our report on Wilbur Smith Associates' Toll Road revenue forecasts.
Our report showed that toll road forecasts often overestimate revenue, and warned that the funding of the $2.8 billion Phase 2 of the Silver Line (which is based heavily on tolls) could be a problem if the Toll Road revenues fall short of the forecasts. Based on our report, RCA called for a second traffic and revenue (T&R) forecast to be performed on the Toll Road, to avoid a surprise funding shortfall down the road for Phase 2.
My post drew a strong positive response, and I'm glad I could help explain RCA's position. But some of you may be wondering what impact our report is having on the planning for Phase 2. Sure, we published this comprehensive report, but who's reading it? Is our report having any effect other than stirring up some discussion on Patch and in the drawing rooms of Reston?
I am happy to report that the answer to that last question is yes! RCA is not only speaking up for the citizens of Reston about the Silver Line and the Toll Road, but our actions are getting notice... and getting results. . . .For the rest of Colin's post, click here.