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Unfortunately, to our knowledge, neither Fairfax County nor anyone except MWAA has current information about "Phase 2 project cost, financing, and physical layout."
- The independent cost estimate and the "100% preliminary engineering" study were turned in to MWAA on February 29 as planned we have been told, but Silver Line Project Manager Pat Nowakowski said they would not be available to the "funding partners" for several weeks. No commitment to sharing that information with the public anytime at all despite CEO Jack Potter's early public commitment to greater cooperation with its partners and greater transparency with the public. So much for MWAA's credibility.
- The only financing information available is a "preliminary" traffic and revenue forecast from CDM Smith. The "final" forecast is expected at the end of March--after the last public meeting and hearing have been held.
- It includes a solid socio-economic forecast from Renaissance Planning Group, although we disagree with some of the forecast growth.
- CDM Smith provides a summary table of tolls, traffic, and revenues with a brief explanation, most notably that it's based on MWAA guidance to use the 2009 "alternate vision" scenario (higher gas prices, lower value of time, and reduced trip growth).
- We also need to know the projected financial requirements. Presumably the toll road forecast is based on the forecast financial revenue requirement, but we don't even know that with any confidence.
So, please feel free to question and challenge the county, but don't expect to get any accurate or reasonable answers because either (a) they don't know the answers or (b) they are hiding the information from public view.