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Sen. Mark Herring Statement Regarding MWAA PLA Vote


Leesburg – State Senator Mark Herring (D-Loudoun & Fairfax) released the following statement regarding the MWAA Board’s vote this morning to remove the PLA incentive for Phase 2 of the Dulles Rail Project:


“The MWAA Board’s decision removes the major stated obstacle for members of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors to commit to the project.  It is time for the Board to vote to opt-in to Phase 2 and bring Metro to Loudoun.  The decision also frees up the already promised $150 million contribution from the Commonwealth to the project.  I call on Governor McDonnell to see that these state funds are released in a timely fashion and without further condition.  I will continue my effort to secure additional state funding for Phase 2 in order to bring down projected toll increases and lessen the burden on the Toll Road users.”




    Richmond, VA – Former Governor and U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine released the following statement after the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) voted to remove a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) preference from Phase II of the Rail to Dulles project negotiations:

    “The MWAA Board has acted today to keep Rail to Dulles on track.  It is unfortunate that some used the prospect of union workers as a reason to threaten defunding the project.  Phase I of the project has been built in part by union workers in a safe, timely and cost-effective way.  But, the most important issue is getting the project done.

    When I became Governor, this project was a regional dream.  But, after years of talk, nothing was happening.  I resolved to get it built.  I’m proud to drive by the construction today and think of the commuters and businesses who will benefit for generations.  I will continue to battle any obstacles to make sure this project is completed.  I urge all Virginia political and business leaders to pull together and show that we can make this happen.”