Autumn on Lake Audobon

Autumn on Lake Audobon
Autumn on Lake Audubon, Photo by Alison Kamat

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Officials Mum On Second Rail Meeting, Reston Patch, June 4, 2011

Just one question:  Did this meeting violate Virginia's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) or even MWAA's less than transparent open meetings policy?  There was no advance notification of agenda three days ahead of time, materials used at the meeting have not been made available to the public, and participants refuse to comment publicly on what occurred.

Another backroom deal is in the works that is likely to harm the public.

Stakeholders in the rail to Dulles project met Friday.
Stakeholders in the rail to Dulles Airport project met Friday morning for the second time this week to negotiate how to cut Phase 2 of the project's  $3.5 billion price tag.
The three funding partners of the rail project—Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), Fairfax County and Loudoun County—have less than 30 days to have a financial plan back to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who met with the stakeholders on Thursday.

LaHood told the three parties that he wanted them to work together to cut the cost of the second phase. . . .

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