Modern Transportation for the Virginias
The Virginia Association of Railway Patrons held its annual meeting on
The difficulties, risks, and costs of tunneling through Tysons Corner were underestimated, she said. Each shopping mall there will get a station, and developers on the north and south sides of the area wanted stations too. Huge growth in employment and in the number of residents is expected to follow the opening of the Metro to Tysons Corner.When the phase one extension opens, it will add trains to the Metro orange line. To free up some capacity between Rosslyn and Washington, some blue line trains will be diverted to the yellow line route across the Potomac.
Costs for phase two are still being developed. Station development and access planning are under way. Once the estimates are complete, the Dulles Corridor Rail Association will lobby Congress for capital funding to build the line. At the time Nicoson gave her presentation, the design and location of the Dulles International Airport station were still being discussed, and a decision whether to build it above or below ground had not been made. Since then the airports authority, after looking at the costs and benefits, chose an underground station, but the Commonwealth of Virginia quickly objected because it would cost far more than a station above ground.
In preparation for phase two, Loudoun County is planning for development, and Reston is looking at air-rights development at the station (bridging the rail line and highways) to knit the community back together. At present Reston is split by the Dulles access and toll roads. Many passengers on the airport extension will be Herndon and Reston residents, including many airport employees.
A possible omission in the planning is lack of provision to connect with a possible extension of the silver line across the Potomac River from Maryland.
The Tri-State Oversight Committee is getting better access to Metro property and operationssomething recommended by the National Transportation Safety Board.
Metro has revised its accident investigation policy and its system safety plans, increased the safety staff, and instituted a close-call reporting system so that causes of accidents can be better identified. The agency is also measuring incidents and safety, and it has a safety hotline. Employees were given 30 minutes of paid time to take a safety survey, and 98% participated. Metro is also recognizing employees who have gone
To protect track workers, Metro has implemented weekend shutdowns of segments of Metro rail lines, and work crews are accompanied by safety personnel. The agency has published a worker protection manual.
To address another problem area, Metro has a full-time escalator safety officer. Metro maintains its own escalators.
Metros bus operations are getting attention too, and Metro is strictly enforcing its policy on distracted driving.
Elections. Jim Bayley, Allan Carpenter, Jim Churchill, Steve Dunham, Bill Forster, Herbert Richwine, Dick Peacock, and Michael Testerman were unanimously reelected to the board of directors. Steve Dunham was unanimously reelected chairman of the board. Testerman, Churchill, Peacock, Richwine, and Carpenter agreed to continue serving in their posts as, respectively, president, executive vice president, secretary, treasurer, and assistant treasurer.