MWAA’s board of directors expected to get Silver Line update, elect new officers

November 12, 2013
The view from the almost completed Wiehle Avenue station, last stop on the first phase of the Silver Line. The station is located about five miles from Dulles International Airport. (Washington Post -- Lori Aratani)
The view from the almost completed Wiehle Avenue Metro station, last stop on the first phase of the Silver Line. The station is about five miles from Dulles International Airport. (Lori Aratani/The Washington Post)

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority’s board of directors meets Wednesday — with an agenda that includes updates on the Silver Line rail project, the election of new officers and the latest air traffic statistics for Reagan National and Washington Dulles International airports.

The board’s finance committee is also expected to review a plan that would use fees collected from passengers to help fund construction of the a new Silver Line rail station at Dulles Airport. Currently more than half of the project’s $5.6 billion cost is funded with revenue from Dulles Toll Road users.

The first phase of the rail line is 99 percent complete, according to MWAA officials.  The authority is expected to turn over control of the first phase, which include five stops, to Metro officials this month. While officials have been reluctant to say when passengers service is expected to begin, some members of the Fairfax Board of Supervisors have said it could start in February. Board members are likely to get a clearer picture of the project’s status at the Wednesday meeting.

Excitement is already building for the Silver Line, especially among commuters who live in Reston and work in the District or Tysons. Post reporters and editors recently toured the McLean station.

Also to be addressed at the meeting are the latest statistics for local air traffic, which was down slightly at both Reagan National and Dulles in September. At Reagan, passenger activity declined 1.4 percent; at Dulles it declined by 1.9 percent. International travel, which increased 2 percent in September, is the one bright spot for Dulles. Domestic travel at the airport was down 3.9 percent.

Note: I’ll be live tweeting highlights from the meeting via @loriara

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 · November 12, 2013