Dulles Metro controversy unites Kaine, Allen

Democratic Senate candidate Tim Kaine and Republican George Allen don't agree on much, but there is one thing on which the two candidates for Virginia's Senate seat agree: the idea to put the Dulles Metro station underground was stupid.


The Washington Examiner reports that both candidates have come out in favor of an above-ground station for the proposed Silver Line, which will save the project an estimated $330 million.

Allen, who served Virginia in the Senate from 2001 to 2007, praised legislation introduced Tuesday by Congressman Frank Wolf (R-Va.) which would give Virginia a majority on the board of the Washington Metro Airports Authority.

Kaine, the former Virginia governor and chairman of the DNC, said that WMAA should listen to the cost concerns expressed by Loudoun and Fairfax counties.

The candidates are among the latest politicians to express outrage over the underground option. Last month, Gov. Bob McDonnell called on the authority to reverse its decision to build the station underground.

With 18 months until the Senate race ends, the two candidates are in a virtual dead heat, reports the Washington Times.