Another endorsement for the Tysons Tunnel

With state approval for elevated Metrorail track through Tyson’s Corner looming, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors unanimously endorsed running the new line through a tunnel (The Post) instead. Previously, Gov. Kaine and Reps. Davis and Wolfe have indicated that they do not believe funding for a tunnel can be found and support the elevated rail as a means to get the project done.

While I do not believe that the contemporary aesthetics (what aesthetics, right?) of Tyson’s will be greatly harmed by Mero tracks overhead, I cannot help but think that down the line there will be a collective “what were we thinking?!” if the line is elevated. Ultimately, building the tunnel will probably amount to pennies or maybe nickles on the dollar more in the end. If wish there had been this outcry years ago though.

Based on what I read in Zach Schrag’s The Great Society Subway (MBDC Q&A) I would actually put the odds of the Tyson’s portion being tunneled over 50%. Community opposition has shaped and reshaped Metro countless times, so there is hope for those who want the tunnel.


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2 Comments so far

  1. Doug (unregistered) on January 9th, 2007 @ 3:51 pm

    I’m actually quite surprised at how little difference the estimates are for a tunnel vs. elevated track (2.5 and 2.3 billion respectively). Two other advantages of a tunnel version are its greater longevity and lesser impact on traffic during construction.

  2. sa-ra (unregistered) on January 9th, 2007 @ 10:54 pm

    tysons traffic is sooooooo bad that i no longer care about aesthetics. i would vote with both hands and legs for any one metro project implementable faster than another. that’s what i say now right after yet another car hitting my car today.

    i might revisit aesthetics part after a couple more waters…


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