Dulles Airport Traffic Up, Metro Access Updates

Brian Tinsman
Digital Properties Manager

 

On Wednesday, April 19, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority held its monthly business meeting at Loudoun’s Washington Dulles International Airport.

Lori Aratani, a transportation and development specialist for the Washington Post, tweeted out updates from the discussion on Dulles Airport, including new retail expected to open in the terminal:

Last week, Dulles Airport unveiled a photo exhibit in its main terminal featuring iconic scenes from Beijing. This was the reciprocal part of a marketing agreement between Dulles and Beijing airports that Loudoun Economic Development had a hand in inaugurating last spring.

For the last year, scenes from Loudoun County have been on display for the millions of travelers in Beijing Capital International Airport.

Aratani also tweeted updates on Metrorail’s Silver Line construction to Loudoun County, which is more than half complete:

Loudoun has more greenfield space around the Metro than any other county in the region, which provide great opportunities for mixed use developments. If you have questions about Loudoun County developments and available parcels and properties, contact Economic Development’s Karen Lanham.

 

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  • Julie Vida says:

    The County needs to better plan and manage ALL aspects of this growth, including adequate traffic lights, street and median maintenance, and police presence. Rte 50 along the southern border of LOCO is a dangerous, dirty eyesore, while new construction continues to explode. Look around; the country’s fastest growing county looks not much better than metro areas around Philadelphia and New York City. Disgraceful.

  • David Isaacson says:

    Wow!! Dulles Airport seems to be doing really, really good. Why again is it that Dulles Airport passengers aren’t the ones paying for Metro to be built to Dulles Airport? Loudoun and Fairfax residents are having to shell out $3.50 each way to drive on the Toll Road to pay for Metro and because that is working so well, now WMATA wants to add a sales tax for Northern Virginia (and D.C. and Maryland) residents to pay for Metro.

    • Brian Tinsman says:

      Hello David,

      Yes, Dulles Airport is finding success and Metrorail is coming to Loudoun. Neither of those are decisions made by our department (budgeting is done by the Board of Supervisors, Dulles Airport by MWAA), but the logic is that the region benefits from Metro, therefore the region pays to support Metro. We are very proud of the unified economy in Loudoun County, where everything from equine to data centers has supported $7.4 billion of additional commercial investment in the last three years alone. Metro will be another economic driver for the region, as 92% of development in the DC region is being done within a half-mile of Metro stations. Everyone benefits, so everyone pays. Again, that isn’t our department’s decision, so please contact your county supervisor if you have additional questions. Thanks!

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