Virginia Transportation Secretary Sean Connaughton, speaking Wednesday morning about the future of Metro’s new Silver Line, said eliminating pro-labor incentives from the next construction contract is critical to ensuring the state’s promised $150 million contribution to the project.

Connaughton and about 75 local politicians and business leaders attended the “State of Rail to Loudoun” breakfast, sponsored by the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce.

The first part of the project is underway and expected to be completed in August of 2013. But there have been delays in getting construction started on the second phase of the 23-mile Silver Line because Virginia and Loudoun County are reluctant to put in money on the project because of the project labor agreement that the Airports Authority put in place.

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