An article in today’s (7/2705) Post discusses the engineering difficulty of routing Metro through Tysons Corner. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/07/26/AR2005072601743.html?nav=hcmodule I'm opposed to planned Metro route through Tysons because it will be too expensive and will not serve the Dulles line as well as a route that stays on the Rt267 median. A Tysons Corner station at Spring Hill Rd (near existing bus transfer station) and a Mclean station at Rt123 would be more efficient and cost effective. Sure, these station locations are not within easy walking distance of the malls but Tysons office buildings/malls could easily run frequent shuttles to the stations. As currently planned, there will be NINE Metro stops between Dulles and West Falls Church. Anyone who's taken Metro knows that you could drive or take a bus the same distance in less time that it would take Metro to make all those stops. The problem with the current plan is that there are FOUR stops planned for Tysons Corner. The reason given for so many stops in Tysons is that the stops should be within walking distance of employment and shopping centers. I've worked in Tysons and it is unsafe to walk along any of Tysons arterials. Face it, Tysons is NOT Ballston (where there is lots of sidewalks and narrower rights of way). Tysons building owners and planners insist that without a high density of stations, Dulles rail will be underutilized. Compare how Tysons Corner is situated to other major suburban cities successfully served by Metro like Falls Church, Rockville, Silver Spring, Springfield, and Alexandria. At each of these other locations, Metro situated one maybe two stations in the right of way of nearby (<1/2 mile) highways and railroads to reduce cost. This is a DULLES rail line not Tysons. Sure many Loudoun County commuters will get off in Tysons but most will have destinations other than Tysons Corner. In part due to the projected high cost of building 4 stations within Tysons Corner, the first phase of the Dulles Rail will only reach Wiehle Ave. Who will that serve? No one from Herndon or farther out for sure. Who is going to drive, and park at the Wiehle station when you could go on to the new garage at West Falls Church and beat the slow Tysons train into town? Consider that two stations located at grade within the Rt 267 median would probably cost at least half of the currently proposed elevated and tunneled stations in Tysons. That’s construction money that could extend the first phase of Dulles rail from Wiehle to the existing Herndon/Monroe bus transit station. Consequently serving a much greater potential population of commuters. Western Fairfax and Loudoun County commuters are already paying more in tolls for future Dulles rail. Four metro stations in Tysons Corner will mostly serve to line the pockets of Tysons Corner property owners (through increased property values). Meanwhile, Loudoun commuters will be left holding proper change for tolls and parking instead of farecards. Reduce the frequency and expense of Metro stops planned for Tyson Corner and rail will serve Dulles commuters sooner.