Metro Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) has got some good news out - lower than expected design-build bids for Phase 2 of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Line, most of which is being funded with bonds pledging future toll revenues of the Dulles Toll Road. MWAA is giving the job to the low bidder Capital Rail Constructors comprising Clark and Kiewit. Their price was $1,177.8m. MWAA executive Pat Nowakowski is quoted as saying their expectation was that bids would be in the range $1,400m to $1,600m.
The Washington Post is reporting that the Dulles Toll Road operator Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) has been underwriting pricey travel by its senior officials and board members. Labor union official Dennis Martire who in his day job represents Dulles Toll Road toll collectors made international conference trips on MWAA including one which cost them $9,000 in the air fare.
The Post got documentation under a freedom of information request.
They're calling it the Mouth, a piece of "permanent art" installed by Metro Washington Airports Authority at Dulles Airport's AeroTrain station.
An announcement by MWAA says: "Passengers traveling through the airport will be able to touch the unique work and develop their own interpretation of the pieces on display."
The piece is called Wonder of Wonders.
In yet another negative story on the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) operator of the Dulles Toll Road veteran board member from the District of Columbia HR Crawford as quoted in today's Washington Post as saying about a third of board members have gotten relatives jobs at the authority.
Recently the MWAA CEO Jack Potter said he didn't now how many relatives had been given jobs at the 4-governments (VA, DC, US, MD) authority.
Dulles Toll Road toll hikes confirmed 22% Jan 1 2013, 27% 2014 for train subsidy, 2015 deferred while non-toll $s hunted
2012-11-14: Struggling to finance $3.02 billion of its $5.6 billion rail line with toll revenue bonds the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) decided today to put firmly in place two years of toll increases but to defer a decision on recommended increases in the third year. Tolls for the typical trip in a car on the 13.4 mile tollroad in the western part of the Washington DC metro area will rise from $2.25 to $2.75 (22%) January 1 2013 and to
Metro Washington Airports engaged in rampant nepotism, crony contracting, sloppy management - USDOT auditor finds
A 50 page audit report by the USDOT's inspector general (IG) Calvin Scovell finds there is rampant disregard for rules at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) - operator of the Dulles Toll Road - and many examples of crony contracting, high paid no-work jobs for board directors, and hiring of family and friends.
Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) operator of the Dulles Toll Road VA267 and two area airports and developer of a $6 billion toll-financed train line is the subject of an FBI investigation according to both the Washington Examiner and the Washington Post newspapers. In addition US secretary of transport Ray LaHood is expected to soon release a report of a USDOT Inspector General.
Clash between Metro Washington authority and US Sectrans LaHood over tolls versus US $s for Dulles Rail
2012-10-11: A major clash has erupted between the Dulles Toll Road operator Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) and US Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.
Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) which has been perpetually in the news with negative stories deserves credit for one major improvement to their Dulles Airport Access/Dulles Toll Road (DAAH/DTR) connections to the VA/I-495 Capital Beltway near Tysons Corner in northern Virginia.
The Washington Examiner's Liz Essley reports that board members of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (operator of the Dulles Toll Road) use their influence to get temporary summer jobs for their kids or grandchildren or nieces or nephews. She reports four:
- John Curto son of Michael Curto chairman of the MWAA board worked the summer as an Airport Ambassador for $8.75/hour greeting visitors, helping them with directions and the like