With final federal approval of the rail to Dulles project, it would have seemed to most of us that the question of building a long tunnel through Tyson's Corner was settled--- no tunnel. The "It's Not Over Until It's Under" crowd is, however, weighing the efficacy of instituting a law suit, going to court, and has apparently been promised support (that means money) from the Sierra Club and some others.
Jim Hyland, Republican candidate for House of Delegates 35th District, is hosting a meeting Tuesday evening the 2d of June about this very question at 7:30 PM at the Fairfax County Dunn Loring Administrative Center, 2334 Gallows Road, Dunn Loring (that's at the Corner of Gallows Road and Idlywood Road). Printable flyer:
Please note a "bi-partisan panel of experts" will be part of the meeting, including: Joe Mondello (former Chief Transit Counsel, Senate Banking Committee), Walter Mergelsberg (former Director of Construction for WMATA and current President of Dr. G. Sauer, Inc.), Bill Gallagher (Principal with KGP Design and having 30 years' experience in transit and urban design), Scott Monett, President of Tysons Tunnel, and "other invited guests." I do not, by the way, see Bob Chase, chief staff person of the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance, whose vast transportation expertise has enlightened many a discussion over the years.
This is going to be, I suspect, a campaign vehicle for Mr. Hyland, who is running to fill Steve Shannon's seat in the General Assembly. It should be an interesting meeting.