Campaign 2010

Jul 26, 2014

Silver Line Opens, No Thanks to Barbara Comstock

Today marks the opening of the Silver Line, a transportation solution that will help thousands of Northern Virginia families and business – but if Barbara Comstock had her way the Silver Line might never have opened.

Comstock voted against Virginia’s landmark transportation bill which helped fund the Silver Line, rejecting the “first politically feasible solution to rush-hour misery” for the sake of her partisan agenda. Comstock also voted for a budget that failed to include any funding for the Silver Line.

“Today’s opening of the Silver Line might never have happened because Barbara Comstock put her right-wing agenda over Northern Virginia families and businesses when she voted against Virginia’s bipartisan, landmark transportation bill,” said David Bergstein of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Comstock’s right-wing agenda may fit right in with the Republican Congress, but every day brings fresh evidence that Comstock is out touch with the values of Northern Virginians.”   

BACKGROUND:

Comstock Voted Against Transportation Compromise; Thumbing Her Nose at Solution to Rush Hour Misery. In 2013, a Washington Post editorial criticized Comstock and others for voting against the transportation compromise, “thumbing their noses at the first politically feasible solution to rush-hour misery.” [Editorial, Washington Post, 3/03/13]

Transportation Compromise Helped Fund Silver Line. The transportation bill “is projected to raise more than $3.5 billion for roads and rails over five years and nearly $900 million annually after 2018. Northern Virginia would get hundreds of millions from the state, including $300 million committed to complete Metro’s Silver Line extension to Dulles International Airport.” [Connection Newspapers, 2/27/13]

Comstock Voted to State Budget That Failed to Include Funding for Silver Line. In 2012, Comstock voted for the state budget. The budget faced heavy objections from Senate Democrats for its lack of $300 million to reduce tolls on a Northern Virginia highway that are used to fund the extension of a commuter rail line to Dulles International Airport. The budget passed the House of Delegates 77 to 19. [HB 1301, 4/17/12; Virginian-Pilot, 4/19/12]