David LaRock Deserves A Medal

By Loudoun Insider

David LaRock has been THE leader in the opposition to the Metro to Dulles, boondoggle, and spent time manning a booth in the lobby at tonight’s LCRC meeting, much to the chagrin of some of the supervisors and land use operatives who were there.

The more info that comes out on this, the worse it looks for Loudoun taxpayers.  I am sick to death of hearing how great this is going to be for economic development in Loudoun County.  Give me a break, we’re talking about a couple stops and a couple miles of track.  The only economic boon it will provide is for certain well connected landowners and developers, all while we the people get to pay the long term freight to pay for it all.

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  • NateDogg614 says:

    I think the only way the Metro in Loudoun would help is if it were to go all the way to Leesburg. However, that’s clearly not going to happen.

    Its really sad in a way. I moved to the DC area in 2004 (initially for graduate school and then I stayed around after I earned my MA) and when I lived in NW DC, it was possible to use the metro with a base fare of $1.35. At that time, it seemed to be more efficient, cleaner, elevators and escalators seemed to be in less need of repair, etc. Now, as I live in Loudoun, I don’t use the Metro as much, but when I do, it seems like the system has definately gone downhill in the past 7-8 years. They are in debt over their heads and, while I was initially very gung-ho about getting the Metro to Dulles (and would still like to see it in some form or another), I do have legitimate concerns about the county taxpayers being on the hook for Metro’s finanical incompetance. Frankly, I think the whole extention project, particularly around Tysons, is like another Boston Big Dig.

    We’ll see how it all plays out in the end.

  • Another issue just came in from a Bill Bolling e-mail:

    “Today I had the opportunity to cast the tie-breaking vote in support of SB242, which prohibits the Commonwealth of Virginia from entering into public projects that involve Project Labor Agreements. This important bill protects taxpayer dollars from being diverted to projects that favor union shops over merit shops….”

    I’m guessing (hoping) there would be a state funding problem if this phase uses union labor since state dollars are going towards it.

  • And, yes, David LaRock does deserve a medal.

  • NateDogg614 says:

    Very good to hear about Lt. Gov Bolling and the passing of SB242. It helps to solidfy the right to work laws in VA. It will be interesting to see if it has any impact on the Dulles Metro Project.

  • Hillsboro says:

    Jim Bacon looks into the truly amazing story of one MWAA board member who:

    - was under house arrest in the Ivory Coast
    - had not attended a board meeting in two years
    - whose term had expired

    … yet he was allowed to continue to vote, including casting the deciding vote on the CEO.

    These are the clowns to whom Tim Kaine turned over operation of the Toll Road, and who are managing the construction of the largest largest public works project in the history of Virginia.

    Who Is Mamadi Diané, and Why Did He Serve on the MWAA Board So Long?
    http://www.baconsrebellion.com/2012/01/who-is-mamadi-diane-and-why-did-he-serve-on-the-mwaa-board-so-long.html

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    What a ridiculous story! MWAA is an absolute mess, and I absolutely do not trust them to manage Metro to Dulles.

  • Hillsboro says:

    With apologies to Mr. Diane and Mr. Bacon, in my haste to share this crazy story, I managed to skip over the section where the house arrest allegations were found to be greatly exaggerated.

  • Loudoun's Soul says:

    LI,

    It gets worse. When the 1999 Board approved the two high-density Transit-Oriented Developments, the bulk of the build-out was conditioned on the arrival of Metro (which means it was probably wise of the SB and the BOS to go ahead and get the Moorefield ES site transferred and the school built and opened). Unfortunately, when a majority of the last Board approved the various high-density town centers along the 28 corridor, neither they nor staff thought to condition that density on the arrival of Metro or to add additional transportation proffers if Metro did not arrive. Oops.

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