Silver Line Vote Moves Forward Without Delay

5:57 PM, Jun 22, 2012   |    comments
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DULLES, Va. (WUSA) -- If the vote were held today, the Loudoun County Board Chairman's office says, they have four 'yes' votes but they need one more to have Loudoun part of the Silverline project.

We are days away from learning if Loudoun County will opt in to building Metro's extension to Dulles Airport and beyond.

There were rumblings of some members who wanted to delay the July 3rd vote to December but that won't happen.

Loudoun County says an official vote on a delay was never brought up and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority says they wouldn't have approved of one.

MWAA's President Jack Potter says, "I have every expectation the vote will be July 3rd."

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority which oversees the project is hoping the board will opt in for Phase two of the Silverline.

MWAA has had controversy of their own.

Ousted board member Dennis Martire filed a lawsuit to get his seat back after Virginia Governor Bob Mcdonnell removed him for questionable spending.

Dennis Martire says, '"It seem I'm the brunt of the Governor's anger."

At this week's MWAA meeting Martire was sitting next to the newly appointed board member Caren Merrick. But because the seat is now part of a lawsuit neither are able to vote on any action.

Martire says, "I have two more years and I plan to stick it out."

Back in Loudoun County, Chairman York's office is scrambling to secure the votes from the 9 members.

The success of the Silverline project to be extended past Dulles Airport hinges on the July 3rd vote.

If it doesn't happen the project will suffer an 18 month to 3 year delay on phase two and the last stop on the Silverline will be at Dulles Airport.

There is one more work session scheduled June 29th.

The majority of the members who are against the project are newly elected.






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