A crane assembles a guideway for trains as part of the Dulles rail project.
Frustrated with the operation of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R-Va.) has introduced a bill that would make it easier to replace its board members and would give Virginia more representation on the 13-member panel.
Current law allows board members whose terms have expired to continue to serve until a replacement is confirmed. But this policy, according to Wolf, has led to the board’s challenging search for a new chief executive.
Instead, Wolf’s bill would allow the president, the mayor of the District and the governors of Virginia and Maryland to remove board members even if they are appointed by their predecessor.
Wolf criticized the the rising cost of phase two of the Metro rail extension to Loudoun County, which is being supervised by the airports authority. The congressman had previously requested an audit of the Metro rail project and of the airports authority,
He also raised concerns over the board’s decision last month to build an underground Metro station at Dulles International Airport, despite criticism from local funding partners who favored a less expensive aboveground station.
Wolf’s bill would expand the board by increasing Virginia’s representation from five to nine members. The board now includes two members from Maryland, three from the District and three that are presidential appointees.
With Dulles and Reagan National airports “located in Virginia and with Northern Virginia residents and local governments providing a lion’s share of the revenue for the Dulles rail project, it is only fair that the majority of the board be Virginians,” Wolf said.