MWAA board slated to meet Wednesday

Much of the work for the Metro Silver Line is focused on the new stations, like this one on Route 123 in Tysons. (Robert Thomson - The Washington Post) Much of the work for the Metro Silver Line is focused on the new stations, like this one on Route 123 in Tysons. (Robert Thomson/The Washington Post)

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which oversees operations at Reagan National and Washington Dulles airports as well as construction of the new Silver Line rail extension, is slated to meet Wednesday for a full day of meetings.

After taking August off, board members are scheduled to get an update on the progress of the $5.6 billion rail project. In July, board members were told there would be an eight-week construction delay. MWAA officials had been slated to turn the rail line over to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, which must conduct safety testing before opening the line to the public in September. Now it appears that the handover will happen in November. WMATA has not officially said when passenger service on the first phase of the line will begin. The Silver Line will have four stops in Tysons and end at Wiehle Avenue in Reston. Preliminary work on the second phase has begun. That phase will include a stop at Washington Dulles International Airport and additional stops in Loudoun County.

There is also news about new restaurants and shops that will be coming to Reagan National and Washington Dulles airports. Among the new offerings slated to open in Spring 2014: Ben’s Chili Bowl.

The board will be updated on several audits that have been completed, including one that found issues with the contractor that operates the shared ride van services. MWAA’s audit found that the contractor did not routinely monitor drivers to ensure “adherence to safe operating procedures.” The audit also raised concerns regarding vehicle inspections. MWAA officials said changes have been made to ensure the contractor is operating as expected.

Here is the full board agenda. We’ll be live tweeting highlights from the full board meeting and some committee meetings. Follow @loriara for updates.

Lori Aratani writes about how people live, work and play in the D.C. region for The Post’s Transportation and Development team.

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Lori Aratani · September 17, 2013