Just a few years ago, McLean resident Scott Monett had 30,000 signatures and 1,700 businesses in favor of tunneling the entire length of the Silver Line Metro that will eventually run through Tysons Corner.
But it wasn't enough.
Although a small portion of the Dulles Metrorail will run underground at Tysons Corner, the majority of the railway will run on aerial tracks.
It was a battle that Monett — and an organization he founded called Tysons Tunnel — lost.
"(Cities) that have it below ground tend to development much nicer. You have a lot more freedom of planning. … You don't have to plan it around bridges," said Monett, the former chairman of the McLean Chamber of Commerce. "It just allows more creative and better land use."
Monett argued that the cost difference to tunnel all four Tysons Corner Metro stations would have been essentially similar to building the stations above ground, but Marcia McAllister, a spokeswoman for the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project, said the decision came down to cost savings.
For a closer look at the final design plans for the Tysons Corner stations, visit www.dullesmetro.com.