Looks like it will have to go above ground, doubling the walking distance between the station and terminal. Or they could just not build the two additional Loudoun stops past the airport. That would save a bunch of money too.
lightsaber From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 11878 posts, RR: 100 Reply 1, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1793 times:
Quoting capitalflyer (Thread starter): Or they could just not build the two additional Loudoun stops past the airport. That would save a bunch of money too.
From an urban planning perspective, I really hope the line is extended into Loudoun. From an IAD traffic perspective... I think the Loudon stops will help long term (as in 15+ years after completion). Why do I say that? The real estate around the Loudon stops will go up in value and commercial real estate usually pays more than residential. As time goes buy, the same offices that gravitate towards the rail stops will also be the types of businesses that promote air travel.
IAD is one of the few large US airports that not not has excellent growth demand prospects but is addressing the supply side. One other aspect is the convenience of ground transport. I'd rather have the underground station, but the short added walk isn't a big deal (even for this father of two active little ones). So if in this time of austere budgets having a cheaper station makes it happen... Go cheap.
For the record, when I fly to DC I prefer nonstops. From LAX or LGB, that means flying to IAD. Last time, we took the bus to the train to our hotel.
atcsundevil From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 794 posts, RR: 2 Reply 2, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1480 times:
I wish they'd just shut up and build the damn thing. They've been back and forth on the Silver Line and its connection to IAD for going on two decades now. It's great to see actual progress being made and the line actually being constructed, but I fail to see how the impact of the station being above or below ground affects Loudon County. Granted the cost will be higher, but land is somewhat of a premium in Northern VA, even at IAD in what used to be considered the middle of nowhere. Not to mention the convenience factor of it being underground to those utilizing the Metro for airport access. Loudon should be grateful for the existence of the line and that it is planned to extend into their county. Threatening to withhold funding over a fundamentally ridiculous issue (or non-issue) is choosing their battles poorly. Either way, above ground, below ground, or floating in freaking mid-air for all I care, just build the stupid Metro line!