Kaine Tours Silver Line Phase II

Fresh off the presidential campaign trail, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) took a quick bus tour of Silver Line construction in Loudoun on Tuesday, stopping briefly at the future Dulles International Airport station to make the case for mass transit.

“Obviously, there’s still a huge number of issues, and there’s issues on our shoulders in Congress to make sure we provide the financial support necessary to keep Metro running,” Kaine said. “Serving 1.2 million people a day, the region doesn’t work without it.”

Kaine and others in Congress have made the case for providing a fixed federal funding source for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. Currently, the federal government contributes capital funding to Metro, but does not contribute operational funding—in other words, once it’s built, Congress stops paying for it.

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) on a bus tour of Silver Line Phase II construction sites in Loudoun. (Renss Greene/Loudoun Now)

Kaine said Metro management has been going “in a positive direction” and applauded the work of General Manager Paul Wiedefeld and his SafeTrack maintenance program.

“If the Metro management keeps improving on the safety side, then those of us in Congress will keep making the case to all of our colleagues from all over the country, because their staffers rely on Metro,” Kaine said.

Kaine was also governor of Virginia when the state committed to expanding the Silver Line. He said the Silver Line extension was “the single hardest project I’ve worked on in public life.”

“It’s just a necessary project to keep up with the growth of Northern Virginia, and especially to serve the international airport, which is one of the two key hubs to Virginia’s international economic reach,” Kaine said.

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2 thoughts on “Kaine Tours Silver Line Phase II

  • 2016-12-13 at 4:54 pm
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    This from the man who gave away the Dulles toll road as a personal ATM machine for the inept Airport Authority. 2018 can’t come soon enough. Here’s some more dead wood that needs to go.

  • 2016-12-13 at 6:47 pm
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    Hey, Timmy! Look over your shoulder. That giant hole is the money pit a.k.a. Metro and, no matter how much money your pour into it, it will need more. By Metro’s latest estimate, they need $25B. The need just keeps getting bigger.

    Attention all commuters! The Dulles Toll Road on which you pay for the privilege of sitting in traffic daily was pitched to Virginians to be toll-free after the construction debt was paid off. But, guess who stole the road from Virginians and gave it to Metro? That’s right, Governor Tim Kaine broke the promise and, once it was paid off, said Metro needed the funding so he simply gave it to Metro and allowed them to charge whatever they want. That is real money coming out of your pocket every day that you shouldn’t be paying at all if politicians could keep a promise (ha, ha, ha, ha).

    Congress has clearly stated that they will not pay more into Metro. They bluntly stated they aren’t taking taxes from middle America and funneling it so the wealthiest jurisdictions in the world can pay less. So, where are the billions going to come from?

    Metro is doomed. Bankruptcy is inevitable.

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