Thursday, September 27, 2012
Frank Wolf (R-10th)'s legislation would give Virginia more appointees on the MWAA Board of Directors, but supervisors want a hand in the appointment process.
As U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) prepares a bill that would change the makeup of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) Board of Directors, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors are asking him to include language that would give Northern Virginia more influence in appointing members. The MWAA Board — which has been sharply criticized by Virginia officials in Fairfax and elsewhere for its handling of the Dulles Metrorail project, including a squabble over a labor agreement for Phase 2 of the line that will run from Reston to Dulles International Airport and Loudoun County — currently includes three presidential appointees, five appointees from Virginia, three from D.C. and three from Maryland. Wolf’s proposed legislation …
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
As Virginia GOP pushes for control of panel, resistance continues with court ruling against governor
As legislation proposed by U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10) works its way through Congress to rework the membership of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, Virginia leaders and the existing board remain tied up in court over the current membership. A Fairfax County Circuit Court judge ruled against Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) on Monday, leaving one seat on the MWAA board vacant as the parties resolve the dispute. McDonnell attempted to remove Dennis Martire — a Democratic appointee who has come under fire for a $9,000 plane ticket to Prague for a transportation conference that MWAA authorized — and replace him with Caren Merrick, a Republican who lost her run for delegate in the 31st District last fall. At issue is whether McDonnell had …
Friday, July 8, 2011
Congressmen say counties should share the sacrifice to make Phase 2 happen.
Friday, July 8, 2011
Congressmen Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and Frank Wolf (R-VA) wrote to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood on Thursday, supporting cost-cutting measures proposed by the Federal Transit Administration for Phase 2 of the Rail to Dulles project. The congressmen also urged all project partners to embrace those proposals. “The FTA proposal would require Fairfax County, Loudoun County, WMATA, and MWAA to share in the sacrifices to make this project more cost-effective,” Wolf and Connolly said in their letter. “In a perfect world, these measures would not be necessary. But in today’s fiscal environment, they are.” Connolly and Wolf, both long-time proponents of a rail link from the Nation’s Capital to Washington Dulles International Airport, …