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Friday, February 28, 2014

E-mail to Rep. Gerry Connolly calls for Silver Line construction fines to help pay off DTR users share of construction cost.

The following is the text of an e-mail sent by Terry Maynard to Congressman Gerry Connolly this afternoon calling for any Silver Line construction fines to go to pay down toll road users' share of construction costs. 

Dear Congressman Connolly,


As a Restonian and fellow advocate of the Silver Line, I would like to ask you—as a leader in advancing the Silver Line’s completion—to pursue further financial assistance in alleviating the terrible toll increase burden Dulles Toll Road users are paying for its construction.  It appears that an opening is available:  If, as reported by the Washington Post, Dulles Transit Partners (DTP) faces substantial fines for further delays in completing the line, I believe that every last cent of those fines should go to stabilizing DTR tolls.  Although the projected sums of the fines are not large compared with the multi-billion dollar price tag of Phase 1 of the line’s construction, we are at the point where every dollar counts.


My greatest fear is that fines paid to MWAA will not be used in a manner that advances the Silver Line, much less eases the financial burden on DTR users.  I also do not think that the “funding partners” allocation of these funds is an equitable or fair way to handle any forthcoming fine revenue.  As you know well, DTR users are now stuck with about half of the cost of Phase 1 of the Silver Line under the “funding partners” agreement—and most of them won't be able to use the Silver Line to get to their destinations.  Assuring that any fine revenue is directed at easing their growing toll burden would be one small step toward correcting this inequitable arrangement.


I hope that you can make sure that the $30 million or so in fines that the Post suggests may be forthcoming will be directly applied to the share of the construction cost borne by DTR users.

In the meantime, thank you for all that you have done to advance the Silver Line’s construction.  I certainly hope that its completion is near at hand and we can begin riding the rails soon.


Sincerely,

Terry Maynard

Board of Directors, Reston Citizen Association

Co-Chair, RCA Reston 2020 Committee

CC:
Honorable Frank Wolf, US House of Representatives
Honorable Jim Moran, US House of Representatives
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
Loudoun County Board of Supervisors
Patty Nicoson, Executive Director, Dulles Corridor Rail Association
Ken Kneuven, President, Reston Association Board of Directors
Cate Fulkerson, Executive Director, Reston Association
Jerry Volloy, President, Association of Reston Clusters & Homeowners
Honorable Janet Howell, Virginia Senate
Honorable Ken Plum, Virginia House of Delegates
Jack Potter, Chief Executive Officer, MWAA
Andy Rountree, Chief Financial Officer, MWAA

BCC:
RCA Board of Directors
RCA Reston 2020 Committee Steering Committee

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