No Tunnel for Tysons

Sorry tunnel-lovers, it’s gonna be above ground. Virginia has signed up Bechtel for between $2.4 and $2.7 Billion to do the Metro work out to Dulles, and all the plans currently are for above ground rail, which would allow them to keep the $900M in federal funding promised to the group for the extension. It’s a big blow to everyone who wanted an underground Metro in Tysons as part of a more “pedestrian friendly” Tysons.

Time to embrace Tysons for what it is: strip malls and office buildings and roads galore, and get real with all of it.

3 Comments so far

  1. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on March 30th, 2007 @ 4:00 pm

    Nothing warms my heart like strip malls. Unless it’s lunch at TGI Friday’s or Flinger’s or somewhere.

  2. Joseph LeBlanc (unregistered) on March 30th, 2007 @ 7:37 pm

    Going ever so slightly off topic here into rant…

    Although it would undoubtedly be better to have a tunnel, I’m more distressed by the fact that people seem to believe that Metro + Tyson’s = walkable downtown for Fairfax County. If the goal is to make Tyson’s more walkable, they need to cut the area up into chunks people are actually willing to walk. They also need to get rid of the feeder roads. Doing that would cost FAR less than $2 billion.

    Yet the powers that be continue on with this “oh, if we just had $4 billion, Route 7 would instantaneously become NoVA’s Champs-Elysees” fantasy.

  3. sa-ra (unregistered) on March 31st, 2007 @ 8:04 pm

    “underground or on-the-ground, just do it!” said a friend. my car is a wreck now, so i have no choice but agree with this siggestions. tysons is not a leasant walk. whatever you do, office buildings (reminder of cubes!) and malls (reminder of time-waste instead of a time-pass & nature) and huge roads (reminder of traffic jams at normal hours, or of your working around the traffic and getting bad looks at work, as a result that you work at weird hours)will still be there. alas… so, i better go to medowlarks for my walk.

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