Many government officials see public-private partnerships as a convenient solution to their infrastructure woes. Enlisting investors and private sector know-how gets roads, bridges and other projects built long before government could do the work on its own.
Some county officials hope the large bus situated front and center at this year’s Montgomery County Agricultural Fair is a glimpse of the not-so-distant future.
With the opening of the Silver Line last week, advocates for car-free commuting are calling attention to remaining bicycle and pedestrian safety challenges around the new stations.
The opening of the Silver Line has highlighted challenges for pedestrians and bicyclists in Tysons and to a lesser extent, in Reston.
Residents of Northern Virginia are celebrating. Last week, they witnessed the opening of two important developments expected to transform the area: the first phase of Macerich’s expansion at Tysons Corner Center and the long-awaited Silver Line.
Virginia officials have known for years that Metro was coming to Tysons. Yet when the four stations opened, commuters found dreadful and dangerous walking and biking conditions. Why?
“That transformation will be most prominent in Tysons where a traffic-choked, suburban office park with two large malls is planned to become a walkable, urban center with 100,000 residents and 200,000 jobs, but it will also be seen in Reston, Herndon and Loudoun,” said Executive Director Stewart Schwartz.
Fifty years in the planning, more than five years in construction and $150 million over budget, the most expensive transportation project in the Washington region’s history rolled down 11.7 miles of new track Saturday.
The opening of Metro’s Silver Line will transform land use in Northern Virginia, according to the Coalition for Smarter Growth.
The July 13 Metro article “Silver Line exacts a toll on drivers” missed a big part of the story: The commonwealth of Virginia is paying just 10 percent of the $5.7 billion price tag for this project.