Tom Davis now supports a Tysons metro tunnel

Today’s Post reports that U.S. Rep. Tom Davis (R-11th district) is now supporting building a tunnel for Metro’s new Dulles corridor line through Tyson’s Corner.

“I just want to assure you I’d like to see this below ground,” Davis told the crowd of 400. “Imagine what the construction is going to be like when they’re constructing this thing aboveground. It takes forever to get there now. Putting this thing underground saves a lot of that.”

Previously, Davis along with Frank Wolfe (R-10th district) openly supported an elevated line:I

n July, the Virginia Republican co-wrote a forceful letter warning Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) that switching to an underground route in Tysons could jeopardize federal funding for the 23-mile line. The warnings, repeated in later meetings, persuaded Kaine to reject a tunnel in September.

Virginia “may very well be rolling the dice on the future of this project,” warned the letter from Davis and Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R-Va.). “Simply put, we are concerned about the long-term viability of the project with any decision that could delay it.”

Wolfe, whose district may include portions of the tunnel (if it does not, it comes within a few yards of the project) is holding firm. Jim Moran (D, 3rd district) is as well.

“I’m here not to be a cheerleader, not to tell you what you want to hear. I’m going to tell you what I think you need to know,” Moran said. “I’m sorry I’m not the kind of politician you’d prefer to have standing here. . . . The worst thing we can do right now is promise something we can’t deliver.”

Davis is denying he has changed his mind to protect himself and his wife, state Sen. Jeannemarie Devolites Davis (R-Fairfax), from political fallout.

2 Comments so far

  1. dcdcer (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 10:21 am

    Why don’t we let the Tyson’s folks build their own system. Metro rides don’t need to go through the mall and sprawl to get to the airport. Let the suburbanites pay to get themselves out of the ugly community that they built for themselves. Metro will be happy to pay for stations to connect Tysons to the existing and ready-to-go right of way.

  2. WFY (unregistered) on February 16th, 2007 @ 8:06 am

    So, you are suggesting that one of the largest concentrations of office space and retail be ignored because it is ugly? That mistake has already been made (as detailed in The Great Society Subway) and you want it to be made again.

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