Friday, June 24, 2011
Sen. Mark Warner (D) joins the debate over the $2.5 billion Dulles Metro Project
Virginia Sen. Mark Warner (D) expressed his opinion about the Dulles Metro Project that is expected to cost $2.5 billion, according to most recent figures, in a letter to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA). In the letter, Sen. Warner writes that the project costs should be cut by 15 percent and building the station at Dulles International Airport aboveground as opposed to underground should be an option. Fifteen percent equates to about $375 million, or slightly more than the anticipated cost of building an underground station at the airport. Read the full story here. Correction: In a previous version of this article, the told project cost was incorrect.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Dennis Martire says he did not violate code.
When Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) board member Dennis Martire has on his work hat, he is aggressively advocating for project labor agreements that often result in contractors hiring employees who are represented by unions. As vice president of Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA), Martire has posted numerous articles on his employer’s website praising anyone who uses project labor agreements, such as the Community College of Allegheny County for its K.Leroy Irvis Science Center project. But some believe Martire may have crossed an ethical line on April 6 when MWAA passed a resolution that supports the pro-union labor agreement for the second phase of extending Metrorail to Dulles International Airport…
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Virginia attorney general says he hopes the metro to Dulles Airport project never happens.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Dan Telvock
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
While the three funding partners of the rail to Dulles Airport project are negotiating behind closed doors to settle their differences on the rising costs of phase 2, there's one state elected official who would rather see the project killed. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is getting attention for a WMAL radio interview last week when he said the project to extend rail from Reston's Wiehle Avenue Station (the end of Phase 1) to Dulles Airport and eastern Loudoun County is an "economic boondoggle." He predicted the rising costs of the project's second phase will be a central campaign issue in Loudoun County's local elections. "I hope those folks [in Loudoun] elect an entire board who is committed to pulling out of phase 2 to kill it, …