Wednesday, May 15, 2013
A group that includes Clarke Construction, Kiewit Infrastructure, Parsons and Dewberry will build Phase 2.
After previous announcing plans intent to pick Capital Rail Constructors as the contractor for the second phase of Metro’s Silver Line project, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority made it official Wednesday. The CRC group – which includes Clarke Construction Group, Kiewit Infrastructure South Co., Parsons Transportation and Dewberry – will extend the line from the first phase’s last station at Wiehle Avenue in Reston to Dulles International Airport and Ashburn. “This is the first of many milestones to come for the second phase of the Silver Line,” said Jack Potter, President and CEO. “The Phase 2 contract, awarded through a competitive bid process, and with the coordination and collaboration of our project partners, is moving …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Retired Fairfax County Executive appointed by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.
Anthony H. Griffin, who retired in April after 13 years as the Fairfax County Executive, has been appointed to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board of Directors. Griffin, who was appointed to the 17-member board by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, is currently a faculty member at George Mason University’s Department of Public and International Affairs and is the at-large Board Member of the Fairfax County Water Authority. He replaces board member Michael O'Reilly, whose term ended in November. MWAA, which manages and operates Ronald Reagan National and Dulles International airports, also oversees the Dulles Airport Access Road, the Dulles Toll Road and construction of the Silver Line project, a 23-mile extension of Metro into …
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
As Virginia GOP pushes for control of panel, resistance continues with court ruling against governor
As legislation proposed by U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10) works its way through Congress to rework the membership of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, Virginia leaders and the existing board remain tied up in court over the current membership. A Fairfax County Circuit Court judge ruled against Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) on Monday, leaving one seat on the MWAA board vacant as the parties resolve the dispute. McDonnell attempted to remove Dennis Martire — a Democratic appointee who has come under fire for a $9,000 plane ticket to Prague for a transportation conference that MWAA authorized — and replace him with Caren Merrick, a Republican who lost her run for delegate in the 31st District last fall. At issue is whether McDonnell had …
Congressman Wolf’s proposal would place control of board clearly in Virginia’s hands.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday threw its support behind U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf’s (R-10) legislation to reduce the membership of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board of Directors and allocate two-thirds of the seats to Virginia. MWAA has come under fire in recent years, particularly since it took control the Metro’s Silver Line project, which would extend rail to Dulles International Airport and Ashburn. The chamber supported the rail project, but now joins those who have raised concerns about MWAA’s existing board and Virginia’s influence over it. MWAA operates Dulles and Reagan airports and the Dulles Toll Road, all of which are located in Virginia. “Given the MWAA Board’s ongoing challenges and the …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Republicans elected to represent Loudoun’s at various levels blame authority’s ails on Kaine.
A group of Republicans who represent Loudoun residents at the local, state and federal level gathered in front of the old Loudoun Courthouse to decry the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, call for changes and attempt to pin the authority’s woes on Democrat, U.S. Senate candidate and former governor Tim Kaine. U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10), who previously pushed legislation through to expand Virginia’s representation on the MWAA’s board of directors, has now introduced legislation to completely re-work that board, heavily weighting it toward Virginia. “Both airports, the Dulles Toll Road and the Silver Line extension are all in Virginia,” Wolf said. “Would anyone think that Virginia should have majority control over the operations …
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
As Virginia presses to seat new members, DC threatens litigation.
The headaches never seem to end at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. MWAA has come under scrutiny for congress spending by its board of directors, its oversight of Metro's Silver Line, its reliance on Dulles Toll Road fees to pay for the rail project and its use of project labor agreements to complete its construction. And now, as the board of directors meets July 18 for a meeting, its membership remains in dispute. Earlier this year, Congress approved changes to the board's membership that give Virginia more representation. Gov. Bob McDonnell has pressed to have two new members seated, and has also attempted to immediately replace D.C.'s Dennis L. Martire with one of his picks: McLean businesswoman Caren Merrick. To …
Saturday, March 10, 2012
With county supervisors facing a 90-day deadline, supporters and opponents of rail to Ashburn make their cases; calls for larger state, federal contributions.
The clock is ticking now as the Loudoun Board of Supervisors approach the last exit on the road to bringing rail to Dulles Airport and beyond to Loudoun. A board barely six months into its term will be tasked with making its first and the county’s last decision about whether to participate in what supporters call a potentially huge boon and opponents call a potentially huge boondoggle. This past week, all of the partners involved in the construction and future operation of the new line received the final preliminary engineering information and an updated cost estimate: $2.7 billion. And while some may point out that it’s lower than the $3.83 billion previous estimate, the number does not reflect several items integral to the project, such …
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
A record breaking 6.5 million international passengers have visited Dulles International while 18.9 million passengers have flown in and out of Reagan National.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority has released the 2011 passenger statistics for Washington Dulles International and Ronald Reagan Washington National airports. Together, both locations have served more than 42 million passengers last year. “Even during these challenging times for the aviation industry, we are very pleased that in 2011 we were able to not only continue to provide excellent air service for the region but also to attract new airlines and service ,” said Airports Authority President and CEO Jack Potter. “We will continue to work to keep the Washington region one of the stronger air service markets in the country for both passengers and cargo.” Dulles International served 23.2 million passengers in 2011—…