Save the date, December 9, 6-8 PM
The Dulles Corridor Rail Association will be holding it Annual Meeting and Reception at the Sheraton Premier in Tysons Corner on Monday, December 9 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. .
The Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project has been able to move forward because of the sustained, bipartisan support it has enjoyed at the Gubernatorial level. We are celebrating this unprecedented continuity of support.
The Association will be recognizing the six Governors that have supported and guided the project overcoming many obstacles to reach completion of Phase 1 early in 2014 and the start of Phase 2 this summer.
The Honorable George Allen
The Honorable L. Douglas Wilder
The Honorable James Stuart Gilmore
The Honorable Mark Warner
The Honorable Timothy M. Kaine
The Honorable Robert F. McDonnell
We hope you will be able to join us.
Sponsorships are available: Platinum $2,500, Gold $1,000 and Silver $500. Suggested contribution to attend: Individuals $50 and Business Representatives $100. CLICK HERE for more information.
Please contact Patty Nicoson, 703-716-5750 for additional information or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Building on Reston's Past to Create its Future
On July 22, the Dulles Corridor Rail Association cosponsored the seminar, "Understanding Urbanization: Building on Reston's Past to Create its Future". The other sponsors were the Office of Hunter Mill Supervisor Catherine Hudgins, the Reston Association, and the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce. The well-attended meeting was hosted by the Reston Association in its Conference Center.
Supervisor Catherine M. Hudgins provided opening remarks. Cate Fulkerson, Acting President and CEO of the Reston Association welcomed us to the event. City planner, author and urban expert Jeff Speck was the keynote speaker. (Link to his PowerPoint ...)
Mark Ingrao, President of the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce moderated a panel consisting of Greg Trimmer, The JBG Companies; David Whyte, Kimley Horn; and Senior Fairfax County Planner Heidi Merkel provided comments. DCRA Chairman Delegate Ken Plum provided closing remarks.
Much good information was shared about how to make urban places more walkable and bikeable by redesigning public streets. The County is working with the Virginia Department of Transportation to develop urban street standards that can be used in Reston. The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation is also working on context sensitive standards.
View the presentation slides HERE.
Latest Project Construction Photos
CLICK HERE to view photos were presented by Larry Melton as part of a presentation he made to the Dulles Corridor Committee of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) at its meeting on July 17.
Recent Silver Line Construction
Presented by Pat Nowakowski at the June 11 DCRA Board meeting. View the complete power point presentation here.
Resolution on Phase 1 Silver Line Date of Operations
The Board of Directors of the Dulles Corridor Rail Association discussed the date of the opening of Phase 1 of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project at its June 12, 2013 Board Meeting and adopted the following resolution.
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) should complete, as soon as possible, its testing of the Metrorail cars, signal, switching and other systems and use all means necessary to ensure the safety of operations of Phase 1 of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail project (Silver Line extension).
Further, WMATA should endeavor to begin operation of the Silver Line no later than December 2013.
Wednesday June 5, 2013,
Northern Virginia Members of the General Assembly
who supported the Transportation Legislation (HB2313)
which provides $300 Million for the
Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project
View pictures from the event on our Facebook page here.
Rail to Loudoun - On Track
A Seminar on Transit Oriented Economic Development at the
Loudoun County Silver Line Stations
When: Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, 7:30 a.m to noon
Where: The GWU Virginia Science & Technology Campus
Agenda & Speakers: CLICK HERE
View Presentation Slides: CLICK HERE
DCRA Celebrates its 15th Anniversary at the Courtyard by Marriott Tysons Corner and Honors
U.S. Sec. of Transportation Ray LaHood
On December 11, at the Courtyard by Marriott Tysons Corner, DCRA members and guests celebrated the organization's 15th anniversary and honored United States Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood for his role in moving the Dulles Corridor Metrorail project forward. Project Executive Director Pat Nowakowski gave an update on the status of construction of the Silver Line and DCRA President, Patty Nicoson shared an update on the organizations activities in 2012.
Click HERE to view project photos.
Click HERE to view more pictures from the event.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Courtyard Marriott Tysons Corner
1960-A Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA 22120
more info & rsvp
Silver Line Update - October 15, 2012
At DCRA's Board of Directors meeting on October 15, Dulles Metrorail Project Communications Director, Marcia McAllister provided an update on the status of their efforts. She noted that Phase 1 of the project is 82% complete. She also described the installation of the first pedestrian bridge at the McLean Station. View her presentation slides here.
DCRA's Mid-Year Meeting and Reception Celebrates the Progress and Potential of the Dulles Metrorail Project
More than 120 members and special guests attended the Dulles Corridor Rail Association’s (DCRA) Mid-Year Meeting and Reception on June 26, at the Holiday Inn Washington Dulles Airport.
Special guest Governor McDonnell received a leadership award from DCRA. The Governor expressed his whole-hearted support of the Phase 2 extension of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project into Loudoun County, calling it “one of the most important, if not the most important project in the country.”
Loudoun County Chairman Scott York introduced the Governor and Supervisors Buona and Volpe attended. It was a good opportunity to network. Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton and Director of Rail and Public Transportation Thelma Drake attended, as did Jack Potter, President of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), as well as members of the Commonwealth Transportation Authority, MWAA, and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Boards along with our members and friends.
DCRA Board Member Mark Carrier, B.F. Saul Hotel Division, was our host sponsor. The Holiday Inn did an outstanding job with the refreshments. It was a great opportunity to celebrate the community support for the project. The event was covered in the press.
PLATINUM SPONSORS: Bechtel, B. F. Saul Company Hospitality Group, Comstock Partners, HHMI Janelia Farm, The JBG Companies
GOLD SPONSORS: Dulles Gateway Associates, Dulles Metrorail Connectors, DuPont Fabros Technology,
SILVER SPONSORS: Committee for Dulles, Dewberry, Dulles Greenway (TRIP II), GeoConcepts Engineering, Inc., Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc., M.C. Dean, NVAR, Ratner Companies, Reston Association, Venable, Virginia Regional Transit, Washington Airports Task Force
View photos of the event here
Economic Potential of the Silver Line Highlighted at DCRA and Committee for Dulles Seminar on Feb. 24
The Dulles Corridor Rail Association (DCRA) and the Committee for Dulles hosted a second seminar on Economic Development in the Dulles Corridor on February 24. The agenda for this event focused on the economic potential of the area around the Fairfax County Metrorail stations in the western section of the Dulles Corridor. Click HERE for more to view the speakers' slide presentations.
DCRA's Board of Directors receives Dulles Metrorail Project Update at first meeting in 2012
The members of the Dulles Corridor Rail Association Board of Directors held its first meeting on January 5, 2012 at Northrop Grumman's office in Tysons Corner. The members of the board, who were elected at the annual meeting on December 5, heard an update on the Dulles Metrorail Project from the project's Executive Director, Patrick Nowakowski. View Mr. Nowakowski's presentation slides here.
DCRA elects its 2012 Board of Directors at Annual Meeting
At its Annual Meeting on December 5, 2011, the Dulles Corridor Rail Association honored the progress of Phase 1 of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project and the individuals who have made it happen. The Sheraton Reston and JBG hosted the elegant reception with delicious food and beverages.
Specifically honored from Dulles Transit Partners were: Shawn MacCormack, Aerial Structures Manager; Terry McGee, Aerial Structures Deputy Task Manager; Chris Jennions, Aerial Structures Lead Field Engineer; Dominic Cerulli, Tunnel Task Manager; Frank Jenkins, Tunnel Task Manager; Paul Ryan, Civil Task Manager; James Cunliffe, Deputy Task Manager; Frank Quagliata, Maintenance of Traffic & Permits Field Engineer; Neal Buisman, Manager of Construction; Jack Robertson, Project Superintendent; and Ernie Lee, Project Director. From MWAA: John D. Christensen, Project QA/QC and Safety Manager; Alan S. Kolodne, Project Manager (WMTAT Coordination); and Marcia McAllister, Communications and Outreach Manager. From WMATA: Neil Nott, Sr. Program Manager, Dulles Corridor Metrorail.
Also recognized at the meeting was the Tysons Transportation Association (TYTRAN) for Its 30-year commitment to improve transportation
In Tysons Corner,
its efforts to Inform the community about transportation Issues, and its support of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project.
The Association's Board of Directors for 2012 was also elected at the meeting.
Thank you to the evening's sponsors. Photos from the evening are on the Association's Facebook page.
MWAA provides DCRA Board with project update
At the October 20 meeting of the Dulles Corridor Rail Association Board of Directors, Pat Nowakowski, Executive Director of the Dulles Metrorail Project, provided an update on the project's status. View his presentation slides here.
MWAA Board approves aerial station
On July 20, the MWAA Board approved a resolution concurring with the modifications proposed by US Secretary of Transportation to the scope and design plan for Phase 2 to include the aerial station adjacent to the North Parking Garage at Dulles International Airport on the condition that the MOU include provisions adopted by the Board.
DCRA joins other business groups in support of reducing project costs for Phase 2.
On June 23, 2011, DCRA and twelve other business organizations held a press conference at the Wiehle Avenue Station site and released a letter to MWAA Chairman, Charles D. Snelling urging the MWAA Board of Directors to work with Transportation Secretary LaHood and the project's funding partners to substantially reduce the capital costs for completion of Phase 2. Items to be considered include making any Project Labor Agreement voluntary; building an above ground station and Washington Dulles International Airport; reducing the size of the Dulles Airport rail yard; asking Fairfax and Loudoun Counties to assume responsibility for the parking structures; and seek additional funding from the Commonwealth of Virginia and the federal government to reduce the burden on Dulles Toll Road users. View letter HERE.
Dulles Metrorail Silverline Supporters Attend DCRA Annual Spring Reception on June 6, 2011
Del. Tom Rust, MWAA President & CEO Lynn Hampton,
and DCRA Chairman, Del. Ken Plum
On Monday, June 6, 2011, the Dulles Corridor Rail Association held its Annual Spring Reception hosted by
The George Washington University
Virginia Science & Technology Campus. More than 180 Dulles Metrorail supporters attended the event. MWAA president and CEO, E. Lynn Hampton was honored for her outstanding leadership supporting the advancement of Metrorail in the Dulles Corridor.
Jerry Halpin |
Alan Nielsen, Aol.
Also honored were DCRA founding sponsors Jerry Halpin (West*Group), Ernst Volgenau (SRA International, Inc.) and Aol. (accepted by Alan Neilson). Dulles Metrorail Project Executive Director, Pat Nowakowski gave a status report on the project.
Thank you to DCRA Partners & Founders - Arrowbrook Centre, LLC, Boston Properties, Capital One, Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, Dominion, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, The JBG Companies, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, Oracle, Northrop Grumman, Reston Town Center Property, LLC, Turner Construction Company, and Washington Airports Task Force; Reception Platinum Sponsors - Capital Rail Constructors, Davis Construction, Dulles Transit Partners, Jacobs, and Perseus Realty/Q-R Spring Hill Road, LLC; Gold Sponsors - Dulles Metrorail Connectors, M.C. Dean, Inc., PHR+A, and Walsh Colucci Lubeley Emrich & Walsh, PC; and Silver Sponsors - Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, Committee for Dulles, Comstock, Ratner Companies, LLC, Turner Construction Company, and Washington Airports Task Force.
View Pat Nowakowski's contruction photos
View event photos.
Seminar, May 26 - Dulles Corridor - The Look Forward
Economic Development in the Dulles Corridor - Drivers & Actors
A DCRA seminar cohosted by the Committee for Dulles was held on May 26 at the Executive Converence and Training Center. Experts provided an update on Loudoun County's planning for rail, new, detailed descriptions of planned projects, and a discussion of the challenges and opportunities that await. Click below to view the presentation slides.
DCRA Weighs In on Dulles Metro Station Location
After deliberation, DCRA has issued a letter to MWAA Board Chairman Charles Snelling that conveys the Association's position on MWAA's selection of the modified baseline tunnel option for the Dulles Airport Alignment. In the letter, DCRA encourages the MWAA Board to reconsider its decision and urges that the aerial alignment be selected.
Airports Authority Selects Dulles Metro Station Location
On April 6, 2011, the MWAA Board of Directors approved the location for the Metrorail station at Washington Dulles International Airport. The selection retains the undeground location of the original design.
Project Update Provided at April 1 Board Meeting
The Board of Directors of the Dulles Corridor Rail Association met on April 1 at Northrop Grumman. Pat Nowakowski, MWAA, provided a Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project update and Tom Farley, Loudoun County, discussed Loudoun rail-related issues.
Mr. Nowakowski's presentation included drawings for the two alternative plans for the Dulles Airport station. Both are modifications to the original tunnel and aerial alternatives that have been designed to reduce costs. The tunnel is estimated to cost $3.5 billion and the aerial alignment $3.1 billion. MWAA is considering at reducing project costs by exploring joint development opportunities with Fairfax and Loudoun for the parking garages, which currently cost $200 million. Bonds will be sold to fund Phase 2 later in the year and MWAA plans a feasibility study that will address what toll increases will be needed and how they will be structured.
The 90-day period for Fairfax and Loudoun to opt out of Phase 2 of the project will begin in July when PE is 100 percent complete. Mr. Farley provided letters from the Fairfax and Loudoun county boards and Secretary Connaughton that support the aerial alternative.
GW University will host and sponsor DCRA's Spring Reception in early June.
Pat Nowakowski's presentation slides
Tom Farley's presentation slides
At the January 6 DCRA Board of Directors meeting, Pat Nowakowski, Executive Director, Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project, gave an update on the status of the project and showed some amazing construction slides. View his presentation slides with more photos HERE.
Dulles Corridor Rail Association Annual Meeting and Reception
On December 1, DCRA held its 2010 Annual meeting. Sponsor Host, Courtyard by Marriott (B.F. Saul Hotel Division) did an outstanding job providing delicious hors d’oeurvres and beverages at their site next to the future Tysons Central 123 Metrorail Station. Pat Nowakowski, Executive Director, Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project, reviewed the status of construction. View the latest construction photos that were shared HERE.
Sharon Bulova, Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, along with Supervisors Cathy Hudgins and John Foust, accepted the Leadership Award given to Fairfax.
Vice Chairman of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Susan Buckley, along with Supervisors Andrea McGimsey and Stevens Miller, accepted the Leadership Award given to Loudoun.
Walter Alcorn, the Fairfax County Planning Commissioner who lead the effort to make planning and zoning recommendations to implement the vision for Tysons Corner to the Fairfax Board was honored with the President's Award.
Over 125 people attended this wonderful event! View more photos HERE.
Special thanks to our Annual Meeting Partners Boston Properties, Dominion, ORACLE, and Reston Town Center Property; Platinum Sponsors Chantilly Crushed Stone, Dulles Transit Partners, The Georgelas Group; Gold Sponsors Clark Construction Group, Lane Construction Corporation, M.C. Dean, Inc., Skanska, Turner Construction Company; Walsh, Colucci, Lubely, Emrich & Walsh PC; and Silver Sponsors Arrowbrook Centre, ATU Local 689, Brandywine Realty Trust, ECS Mid-Atlantic, The George Washington University, McDonough Bolyard Peck, MidAtlantic Laborers, The MITRE Company, Ratner Companies, Venable.
DCRA Elects 2011 Board of Directors
Back Row, Left to Right: Phil Tobey, Jeff Fairfield, Chuck Cope, Eric Wells, Lester Mardiks, Ted Lewis, Tom Rust, Aaron Georgelas, John Schlicting, Mark Philip, DCRA Chairman Ken Plum, and Jim Greene. Front Row, Left to Right: Jennie Moline, DCRA President Patty Nicoson. Not pictured: Mark Carrier, Karen Diener, Jim Larsen, Milton Matthews, John Milliken, Joe Ritchey, Leo Schefer, Joe Stowers, Randy Sutliff, Mary Szpanka, Keith Turner
View earlier posts HERE.