Throw Dulles Rail Under the Bus

Last week, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority and the Fairfax Board of Supervisors granted the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors a 30-day extension to review the final cost estimates of Phase II of the Dulles Metrorail project. Unless MWAA agrees to drop a provision giving preference to bids that include a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) by then, Loudoun County’s Board of Supervisors will likely opt out of participating.

And, since the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has admitted that Phase II would be built to Route 28 with or without Loudoun County’s help, why wouldn’t they?

It would be politically suicidal for a board of first-term republicans to sign off on a scheme thatgives a 10-percent scoring bonus to firms who use union labor, effectively shutting non-union contractors in Virginia (a right-to-work state) out of the contest.