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MWAA: Phase 2 of Silver Line Rolls Forward

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority says the project is moving into the next phase.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority officially kicked off the beginning of Phase 2 of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project by opening the process for selecting a design-build contractor for the project. 

The beginning of Phase 2 marks an important milestone for the project to extend to the Dulles Airport and into Loudoun County, MWAA announced on Friday. 

MWAA has issued a Request for Qualifications Information in order to solicit information from potential bidders for the 11.5-mile project that will extend from Wiehle Avenue in Reston west to Dulles Airport, ending at Route 772 in eastern Loudoun County. The RFQI has been posted on the Airports Authority website and can be found here

“We are grateful to our project partners in the Federal Government, Virginia, Fairfax and Loudoun Counties who have helped keep this project moving forward," said Patrick Nowakowski, Executive Director of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project, in Friday's announcement. "We will conduct a process to select a highly qualified team to design and build Phase 2 in the most cost-effective manner.”

Qualifications statements will be gathered from prospective bidders and a short list of about five finalists will be developed. The next step of the process is for MWAA to issue a Request for Proposals from the finalists, including technical and price proposals. Then a contract will be awarded to the team that meets the technical requirements and has the lowest price. 

MWAA estimates that the contract will be awarded in the late spring 2013 and construction of Phase 2 could be completed about five years after the contract is awarded, in 2018. 

Bob Bruhns July 15, 2012 at 12:01 PM
We need MWAA removed from this project immediately. In July 2011, the FTA said that Loudoun County would have to pay $130.3 million for its three parking garages; now MWAA says this amount is $168 million. In July 2011, the FTA said that Fairfax County would have to pay $187.9 million for the Rt 28 station and two parking garages; now MWAA says this amount is $236 million. The original FTA numbers were already about 80% high - and now, MWAA has jacked them up another 26 to 29% in one year. We simply can not afford this kind of hyperinflation. MWAA has to go. July 3, 2011 FTA White Paper: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/metro/documents/Dulles_Rail_White_Paper.pdf Corrected $83 million cost for Dulles Rail Rt 28 station, per Fairfax County Executive Griffin, August 3, 2011: http://www.bruhns.us/civic/DullesRail/2011-08-03-Fairfax-County-RT28-Station-Cost-Confirmation.pdf Eyeing Dulles Toll Road For Silver Line Funding WAMU, June 17, 2012 http://wamu.org/news/12/06/17/loudoun_weighs_silver_line_options_part_three This is a question and answer article with Andrew Rountree, MWAA's Chief Financial Officer. Apparently Mr. Rountree provided this chart: http://www.scribd.com/doc/97295925/MWAA-Answers-DTR-Questions See the first dot-point at the bottom of the chart. Bottom line: MWAA should be removed from this project immediately.

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