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Thursday, April 24, 2014

This is what "substantial completion" means to MWAA and WMATA

Below is the agreement MWAA has reached with WMATA detailing what MWAA's acceptance of DTP's submission that the Silver Line, Phase 1, is substantially complete.  What it shows in its appendices is that:
  • MWAA has to certify that more than one dozen corrections, fixes, improvements, and changes have been completed before turning the line over to WMATA for testing and training--its operational readiness date (ORD).
  • MWAA has to certify that 30 corrections, fixes, improvements, and changes have been made before WMATA will accept the project as complete.
  • MWAA commits to performing an additional seven tasks even after WMATA has accepted the rail line.
Nowhere is there any reference to any deal between MWAA and DTP about who will perform this work, when it will be done, and who will pay for it.  Moreover, there is no explanation from MWAA or its "funding partners" on who will absorb costs associated with completing the extensive and prolonged list of needed tasks.  There is also no documentation that indicates DTP is being penalized whatsoever for its late and incomplete work nor how any penalty revenues will be used.

It all leaves us with the question:  Does "substantially complete" mean about the same thing as W's "Mission Accomplished!"--another 8 years of toil and leave a worse mess in your wake than when you started?

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