Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Airport Board Vote Brings Rail to Loudoun One Step Closer

The Washington Post reports today that "the regional authority overseeing the $6 billion construction of Metro's new Silver Line voted 11 to 1 Wednesday to drop a controversial labor agreement for the second phase of the project. The vote by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority follows threats by Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) to withhold $150 million in funding for the line if if MWAA did not drop the the project labor agreement, or PLA, from the second phase of construction."
According to the Post, the MWAA board's latest vote is important because it could impact whether Loudoun County will support the project's second phase. "Loudoun is expected to contribute more than $200 million toward the construction cost of the project, plus $11 million in its first year of operation to run the system. But its supervisors have expressed concern about the project's cost. They are expected to vote by July 4."
The article also quoted MWAA Board Chairman Michael Curto who said he hoped the vote would "provide the impetus for Loudoun to vote" in favor of the second part of the Silver Line.


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