MWAA Reverses Stance on Underground Station

Succumbing to public pressure, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) has back-peddled on its plan to build an underground rail station as part of the Rail-to-Dulles Metro rail extension. That will chop about $300 million off the $3.8 million price tag for Phase 2 of the project. But negotiations continue between federal, state and local authorities on what still needs cutting and how to pay for what remains. (See the WaPo account here.)

The MWAA board endorsed the framework of a deal brokered by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. It’s not clear from any of the reporting that I’ve seen whether that includes pushing for maximum competition in the construction bids by eliminating the requirement for a union-shop Project Labor Agreement. That move could potentially save another $300 million.

— James A. Bacon

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3 responses to “MWAA Reverses Stance on Underground Station”

  1. larryg Avatar

    where is Bob McDonnell on METRO and the PLA and funding? Does anyone else think it odd that La Hood is driving the METRO train and McDonnell comes across as barely and interested bystander when it is my understanding that he has agree to come up with even more state funding for METRO?

  2. What is scary is the fact that raising the tolls on the Dulles Toll Road will drive many cars and trucks to other roads. That, in turn, pushes up VDOT’s costs.

  3. The above ground Metro station will be 1600 feet from the Terminal near the Hourly parking garage. Hope they don’t wipe out the Cell phone waiting area in the process.

    Being that far away is going to have costs, too – for the passengers and users.

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