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The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority released an April 27 press release giving the current status of the Dulles Metrorail Project.
Here are some key points to remember as you communicate with your constituents:

Phase 1

  • Global Settlement with DTP settles major Phase 1 close-out issues – major milestone
  • Phase 1 costs up $76 million; still within federally approved Phase 1 budget
  • No impact to tolls due to this $76 million increase


Phase 2

  • Design changes for safety and reliability adding 13 months to Phase 2 schedule
  • Many Phase 1 changes came late in construction, must be incorporated into Phase 2
  • Result will be safer and more reliable system
  • Cost increase expected to fall well within $550 million Phase 2 contingency and thus to have no impact on tolls


To read the complete press release, click here.

For additional information you may call Marcia McAllister at 703-572-0506.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority released an April 27 press release giving the current status of the Dulles Metrorail Project.

Here are some key points to remember as you communicate with your constituents:

Phase 1
Global Settlement with DTP settles major Phase 1 close-out issues – major milestone
Phase 1 costs up $76 million; still within federally approved Phase 1 budget
No impact to tolls due to this $76 million increase

Phase 2
Design changes for safety and reliability adding 13 months to Phase 2 schedule
Many Phase 1 changes came late in construction, must be incorporated into Phase 2
Result will be safer and more reliable system
Cost increase expected to fall well within $550 million Phase 2 contingency and thus to have no impact on tolls

To read the complete press release, click here.

For additional information you may call Marcia McAllister at 703-572-0506.

The Dulles Regional Chamber remains committed to monitoring and making recommendations transportation needs of our area.   We have just sent a letter to the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority regarding selection of transportation projects going forward.  Specifically, we have urged them to give priority to projects that:

  • Move the greatest number of people;
  • Reduce congestion and travel time between major employment centers and communities;
  • Increase reliability of the network region-wide while producing the best long-term return on investment;
  • Enhance regional security.

We have urged them to re-examine the draft FY15-16 project list and re-focus our regional tax dollars on projects with the greatest regional and long-term significance. Specifically, the Route 28 and Route 1 widening, Route 28 bypass study, Fairfax County Parkway Improvements study, and Loudoun County Parkway extension to U.S. 50, meet such criteria. Several proposed transit projects such as 8-car Metro Train power upgrades, Connector Bus Service Expansion, Innovation Center Metrorail Station construction also meet this criteria.

We further urge that a greater, more substantial balance be set aside in reserve until other projects of greater regional significance are ready for construction and that FY 2015-2016 investments be limited to those with the greatest congestion reduction potential. A coordinated, long-term, regional strategy consisting of projects of greatest regional significance is essential to our region’s future economic competiveness and quality of life. It’s how well our regional dollars are invested, not how fast that matters most.

U.S. lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are considering an overhaul of the U.S. income-tax system.  As a result, there are also discussions about the possibilities of a consumption tax.  In a recent Wall Street Journal article, John D. McKinnon discussed what lawmakers are considering.

Click HERE to read the full story.