Press Release

Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
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Tuesday, October 27, 1998

Dulles Airport Hosts Future View for Washington D.C.

Alexandria, VA— Travelers using Washington Dulles International Airport during the next six months will be able to catch a glimpse of a possible future look for the Nation's Capital according to a vision developed by the National Capital Planning Commission. The exhibit is located in the center of the ticket counter level of the Dulles Terminal and includes several interactive exhibits as well as a large model of downtown Washington, including the federal land area. The exhibit presents a plan called "Extending the Legacy: Planning America's Capital for the 21st Century" which depicts a possible new configuration for the Mall area, generally associated with the national museums and federal buildings, 50 to 100 years from now. Said James A. Wilding, President/CEO of the Airports Authority, "We agree with the NCPC that this exhibit will find an interested audience in both our local passengers and those who travel through Dulles from destinations around the country and the world," said James A. Wilding, President/CEO of the Airports Authority. "Dulles is the international gateway to the Nation's Capital, and the airport employees as well as our passengers are interested in seeing the plans displayed in the exhibit." The Legacy Plan preserves open spaces while creating new museums, memorials and offices. The plan also addresses the issue of public transit and suggests the elimination of some current bridges, freeways and railroad tracks. Particular attention is paid the Washington waterfront and ways to open it up for public enjoyment. The National Capital Planning Commission is the federal government's central planning agency in Washington D.C. and nearby Maryland and Virginia. The Commission developed the Legacy Plan in response to the projected demands on the Nation's Capital in the coming century with tourism expected to double over the next 50 years and automobile traffic increasing dramatically as well. The exhibit at Dulles Airport will run through April 15, 1999. Additional information and free copies of the Legacy Plan are available from the National Capital Planning Commission, 801 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington D.C. 20576, (202) 482-7200. E-mail Web site