dulles toll road
Turmoil continues at Dulles TR authority - judge rules against replacement of free spending labor racketeer
A Virginia judge has ruled that state governor Robert McDonnell cannot immediately replace a high living labor racketeer Dennis Martire on the board of directors of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), which runs the Dulles Toll Road.
Martire who is Mid Atlantic manager and vice president at the Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA) failed to recuse himself from discussions and votes at the board meetings of MWAA over ("project labor agreement") union-only provisions in bidding for MWAA projects.
2012-06-04: Crude cash based toll systems don't arouse equity concerns when tolls are low, but push them up to what the traffic will bear - to revenue maximizing levels - and people look much more closely.
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority's control over the Dulles Toll Road and its sponsorship of the $5+ billion Dulles Rail project is legitimate according to a 9-page official opinion by Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli.
Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), operator of the Dulles Toll Road in Northern Virginia is makes preparatory steps to lay out requirements in a new toll system. They say they are looking at distance based tolls and peak/off-peak toll rates.
Rob Yingling a spokesman says: "We are preparing a new toll rate proposal which will be reviewed by our Board before beginning a public process or considering toll equipment requirements. We are looking at concepts such as distance-based tolling and peak period pricing possibly in the future."
Decisions on the future of the toll-financed Phase 2 of Dulles Metrorail project now rest with Loudoun County, closer-in Fairfax County having given the go-ahead.
Fairfax county has given the OK to Phase 2 of the Dulles Rail project the financing of which is 75% on the toll revenues of the Dulles Toll Road. A county board of 'supervisors' (councillors) meeting this week voted unanimously to confirm the County's participation in the estimated $2.7 billion second half of the project which has generated concern about whether $2 billion of toll revenue bonds are serviceable.
In Norfolk there's last minute pressure to defer a financial close on the Elizabeth River tunnels toll concession with the Macquarie/Skanska partnership. And in northern Virginia Fairfax County and Loudoun County are being pressed to defer support for Phase 2 of the Silver Line Metrorail project that is dependent for financing on Dulles Toll Road tolls.
The recently retired chairman of Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) Charles Snelling murdered his ailing wife Adrienne, then killed himself this week, according to a statement from the family. Mrs Snelling, 81, suffered Altzheimer's disease.
Virginia governor Bob McDonnell has appointed Todd Stottlemyer a leading northern Virginia business executive to a vacant position that Virginia has on the board of directors of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA or 'emwah') - operator of the Dulles Toll Road since November 1 2008.
Shifts in Wilbur/CDM Smith traffic, revenue and toll rates forecasts for Dulles Toll Road charted by Reston economistBy Peter Samuel on March 1, 2012
The shifts in traffic and revenue forecasts and in assumed toll rates of successive reports from Wilbur-now CDM Smith are dramatically portrayed in graphs compiled by Terry Maynard, an economist working for the Reston Citizens Association. Maynard took the numbers from three separate forecasts by:
- Wilbur Smith Associates for Virginia DOT when it operated the tollroad and was looking for toll increases to support work on the road: 'WSA 2005'