Community Benefit: The decision on Tysons
Tunnel vs. Elevated Rail is a 100-year
decision. Other communities around the
world are working to put their costly
aerial structures underground. We should
not settle for a second class solution
in our community particularly when more
than 75% of the funds are coming from
our region anyway.
Tunnel will produce less noise and have
a lower visual, physical, and urban design
impact on the community -- see the metrorail
tunnel success in Arlington.
Effects: Tysons Tunnel will have lower
traffic, air quality, and transportation
Revenues: Tysons Tunnel will produce higher near-term
public revenues (sales taxes) and private
revenues to businesses -- i.e. less business
disruption in Tysons for the coming 4-5
years of construction.
Revenues: Tysons Tunnel will provide a higher commercial
tax base and potentially attract more metrorail
on Investment: Tysons Tunnel will reduce metrorail operating
costs, estimated at $240 million (est.)
Economic Development Potential: Tysons Tunnel will keep our community
as a high quality place to live and work and
will enhance the long term economic development
potential for our region.
Increased Lifespan: Tysons
Tunnel will have almost double the capital
lifespan (+100 years vs. +50 years).
Improved Value: Competitive
bidding is the tried and true way to achieve
the best price and value for public investment
in public works. Competitive bidding is
the standard for even small public projects
and should be required when the contract
is valued in the billions.