Don’t blame me I’m just an elected official

The Washington Post does a good job of summarizing the latest in the Rail to Dulles Project this morning.

Matthew O. Tucker, director of the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, downplayed secrecy concerns. He said there have been more than two dozen technical and advisory group meetings involving the local stakeholders, including Fairfax and Loudoun counties, the airports authority and Metro. “All of these major civil projects come together in different ways,” he said. “From that perspective, I don’t see this as anything outside of the ordinary.”

Tucker said that none of this should surprise local officials. It was all part of the preliminary accord reached by the consortium and the state in 2004. “Everyone had a full understanding as to what this process was and is.”

Fairfax officials said the meetings that Tucker described were updates on progress, not deep drillings into details.

But Tucker’s response raises the question: Why did local officials buy into a project under the public-private partnership act?

Kauffman, a member of the Metro board and an advocate for the tunnel, said it was seen as the only way to finance such an expensive undertaking. “So it was presented basically as, ‘Begin this dance, or there is no project.’ “

The Dulles rail project has never made any sense from a return on investment perspective.  Now we are seeing the consequences for rushing into this project. 

If government was a private sector organization everybody would have been fired by this point.


~ by novamiddleman on March 23, 2007.

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