Statement

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For Immediate Release
June 6, 2012


The Board of Directors in a special meeting earlier today, voted 11-1 to proceed with Phase 2 of the Dulles Rail Project without any incentive for a Project Labor Agreement (PLA). This is a milestone vote as it resolves an ongoing issue with the Commonwealth of Virginia and ensures the timely advancement of Phase 2 of the rail project. Moreover, Governor Bob McDonnell has pledged that Virginia will provide $150 million of funding to the project in early 2013 now that the PLA has been eliminated.
 
"Today's vote is a major turning point for the Dulles rail project", said Airports Authority Chairman Michael A. Curto.  "This project is vital to the economic growth of this region and the Board is determined to do whatever is necessary to finish the project as quickly and cost effectively as possible".
 
“Dropping the PLA preference was what we needed to do to move forward with this project and with our funding partners,” says the Honorable Thomas M. Davis III, Vice Chairman of the Airports Authority and Chairman of the Dulles Corridor Committee.  “This has brought us all closer to recognizing that this project is important to the entire region and requires a team effort.”
 
The Board Resolution passed today is publicly clickable from webpage location: 
http://www.mwaa.com/4729.htm (see 12-16 under 2012)