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…
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Local politicians have concerns about the costs of a DC Metro underground tunnel at Dulles Airport.
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) Board of Directors voted 9-4 to place the Metro underground at Dulles Airport on Wednesday. The board said the placement would be more accessbile for travelers, despite the potential increase in costs. Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova said she is concerned by MWAA's decision. This alignment could raise the cost of the project by over $300 million and delay completion by six months, Bulova said in a statement. “If the underground alignment endorsed by MWAA today results in an increase in the cost of Phase II, then MWAA should be responsible for funding the difference in a way that does not increase the burden on Fairfax County residents or on Dulles Toll Road …