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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Loudoun supervisors: Localities should have representation on airports board, Loudoun Times, May 17, 2011

by Crystal Owens

Localities should have more say in how the now controversial Dulles Metrorail Project is governed, Loudoun County supervisors said Tuesday.

In a move to support recently proposed legislation by U.S. Congressman Frank Wolf (R-10th) that would allow members of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority – the board that controls the project – to be removed at any time by the officials that sponsored them, Loudoun supervisors said they believe they, along with elected leaders in Fairfax County and the City of Arlington should have that same power.

Fairfax County and Arlington officials were included in discussions because of the locations of Metrorail and Reagan International Airport, which MWAA also governs along with Dulles Airport. . .

Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling) said supervisors have always known that MWAA members would do what they wanted with the Dulles Rail Project without input from local officials, leaving Loudoun to “beg” for a decrease in spending.

The supervisor called MWAA a “deadbeat board” that’s “ripping the taxpayers of Loudoun, Fairfax and Virginia off.”

No labor agreement

Supervisors on Tuesday also agreed to draft a letter to the MWAA board officially objecting to a plan that would require a project labor agreement, or PLA, for Phase 2 of the Dulles Rail Project.
A PLA would add another $300 million in labor costs to the project, according to Loudoun Chairman Scott York (I-At Large). . . .
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