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Tuesday Morning Notes

by Fatimah Waseem June 5, 2018 at 9:00 am 10 Comments

How about a taste of the that — Taste of Reston was recently voted the 2018 Best Outdoor Food Festival of Northern Virginia by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce. This year’s event is set for June 15 and 16. [Cision]

Rising rates — Tolls on the Dulles Toll Road are set to rise next year. Public hearings are planned for July, but increases may happen anyway. Officials say their financial projections and legal obligations depend on toll increases. [WTOP]

The results are in — The Reston Masters Swim Team recently published the results of the 2018 Jim McDonnell Lake Swim, which was overshadowed by the apparent drowning of one participant. [Reston Masters Swim Team]

Flickr pool photo by vantagehill

  • Why do you bother?

    One of two things would have to happen before I could agree or disagree with the Taste of Reston assessment: Either BP would have to stop charging for parking – ever – or the event would have to move to a non-RTC location.

    • Greg

      Well, considering food outlets leaving RTC with regularity, your wish may soon be granted.

      It’s also a bit suspect that the Reston chamber of commerce voted Reston’s festival best among the many in whatever “Northern (sic) Virginia” means.

      • Willie Reston

        Why the “sic”?

      • Why do you bother?

        Be the resistance!

  • JoeInReston

    The powers that be need to reduce the Dulles toll fees and make up the revenue difference with new taxes, tolls, and/or fees that target Loudoun residents. Loudoun residents should share in the burden of funding the Metro. Phase 2 of the Metro expansion goes out to Loudoun.

    • Willie Reston

      I 100% agree with removing the tolls on the unfortunately-named Toll Road, but let’s not pretend like Loudoun isn’t paying anything toward the Silver Line. $276M according to this site. Now, whether we think it’s fair that Fairfax is still paying twice as much as Loudoun for Phase 2 is another argument, but the people of Loudoun are indeed paying up.

      http://www.dullesmetro.com/about-dulles-rail/funding/

      • JoeInReston

        Nice link…

        There are three line items of interest to me – the line items for Fairfax County, Loudoun County, and Dulles Toll Road.

        Fairfax County: $527
        Loudoun County: $276
        Dulles Toll Road: $1415

        Should note this is just for phase 2. The link does have other columns for phase 1.

        The separate line item for the Dulles Toll Road indicates to me that the tolls collected from the Dulles Toll Road are separate from the tax revenues paid out by Fairfax County and Loudoun County.

        How much of the $1415 in toll fees is paid out by Fairfax residents and how much is paid out by Loudoun residents? I don’t think its a stretch to estimate that vast vast majorities are paid out by Fairfax County residents.

      • Greg

        Officially, the toll road is named the Omer L. Hirst – Adelard L. Brault Expressway, in honor of two Virginia state legislators.

      • Greg

        But its cost is $6 billion and sure to rise now that we’ve discovered that bogus concrete was used in most of the phase 2 stations.

      • Greg

        And, why isn’t the toll on the airport access road? After all, it’s called Dulles Metro, isn’t it?

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