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Pictures Of The New FIS Facility At Dulles Airport  
User currently offlinewashingtonian From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 7900 times:

The renovated and expanded FIS facility at Dulles International Airport is nearing completion.

Summary of project:
In response to continuing growth in international air service at Washington Dulles International Airport, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority opened the International Arrivals Building (IAB) in 1991, when Dulles was serving approximately 1.4 million international passengers a year. By the end of 2007, the number of passengers arriving from abroad increased to six million passengers annually with the addition of new international flights.

The expansion of the existing facility will allow the Customs and Border Protection Services to serve approximately 2,400 passengers per hour--nearly double that of its current capacity. Baggage claim devices will be enlarged and new primary inspection positions will be added. Skylights and a large window area will allow natural light to filter into the space providing a more welcoming entry to the United States.

Some gorgeous photos of the new facility can be found here:
http://www.pgal.com/portfolio/washin...-international-airport-internat-2/



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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24857 posts, RR: 46
Reply 1, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 7867 times:

An improvement but still has a very institutional look.

Between the metal, marble and granite its has a cold feel, not a soft or welcoming look. At least they added a bit of artwork behind the inspection booths.



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User currently offlineapodino From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 4234 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 7741 times:

Does IAD still have an FIS out at the midfield C and D for connecting pax as well? I seem to remember that they did.

User currently offlinewashingtonian From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 7694 times:

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 1):
An improvement but still has a very institutional look.

What FIS facility doesn't?

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 1):
Between the metal, marble and granite its has a cold feel, not a soft or welcoming look. At least they added a bit of artwork behind the inspection booths.

I respectfully disagree. I think it looks pretty welcoming with the glass and natural light and view of the main terminal....Does anybody have photos of the old FIS facility?

Quoting apodino (Reply 2):
Does IAD still have an FIS out at the midfield C and D for connecting pax as well? I seem to remember that they did.

Yes. This is what it looks like:


User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24857 posts, RR: 46
Reply 4, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 7551 times:

Quoting washingtonian (Reply 3):
What FIS facility doesn't?


Check out the recently renovated LAX international terminal amongst others.

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la...ax-bradley-html,0,878604.htmlstory

Quoting washingtonian (Reply 3):
I respectfully disagree. I think it looks pretty welcoming with the glass and natural light and view of the main terminal....Does anybody have photos of the old FIS facility?


The look of the facility is that could be a court house, or any other generic government building.

Natural light is very good, but need inviting colors, artwork and designs that break up the facility and don't make is seem like a large cold monstrosity imo.



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User currently offlinecharles79 From Puerto Rico, joined Mar 2007, 1330 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 7493 times:

Quoting washingtonian (Reply 3):
I think it looks pretty welcoming with the glass and natural light and view of the main terminal....

I wouldn't call "pretty welcoming" but it doesn't look depressing either. It is the first place where visitors will spend any amount of time in the US/Washington area and, given that fact, it at least conveys a modern, functional, and clean image. This "sterile" look is quite very much "in" it seems, and I have seen quite a few newer buildings in DC, New York, and Germany with this type of interior. Could it be nicer? Probably. Question is, can the airport afford to make it nicer? If not, then I think this does a decent job.


User currently offlineCV990A From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1414 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 7153 times:

They've been opening it in phases, and regardless of how it looks, it is already a huge improvement simply by virtue of it being much bigger. With the old facility, there were many times where they couldn't unload the people eaters into the facility because it would be totally jam-packed full. That is no longer the case.

It's taking time, but the D2 Development at Dulles is really turning IAD into a great airport. Now, about that C/D Terminal...



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User currently offlineLawair From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 197 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 7062 times:

Definitely an improvement and I think it looks nice as FIS facilities go generally (ie. reduced down to its bare functionality, but in a somewhat modern way just like most of the other new FIS facilities in the US). I wouldn't say "welcoming" though. I'd give that adjective to a customs facility that doesn't even feel like an airport terminal (ie. YVR). The worst in my recent memory though is MIA.

User currently offlinephatfarmlines From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1346 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 6885 times:

How does MWAA plan on connecting this new IAB to the B concourse after the mobile lounges are gone. New underground tram line, new moving sidewalk tunnel, or keep a dedicated fleet of mobile lounges to serve this purpose?

User currently offlinewashingtonian From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 6673 times:

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 4):
Check out the recently renovated LAX international terminal amongst others.

Interesting...It's funny, you always read massive complaints about flying into LAX on international flights. How new is this facility? And how are the other FIS facilities in the non-TBIT terminals? Looks very nice though.

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 4):
Natural light is very good, but need inviting colors, artwork and designs that break up the facility and don't make is seem like a large cold monstrosity imo.

I suppose, but I still think this is a pretty nice way to enter the FIS facility as far as American airports go. It's certainly nicer than JFK/EWR.

Quoting charles79 (Reply 5):
I wouldn't call "pretty welcoming" but it doesn't look depressing either. It is the first place where visitors will spend any amount of time in the US/Washington area and, given that fact, it at least conveys a modern, functional, and clean image.

Yes. A huge improvement over the old one.

Quoting charles79 (Reply 5):
This "sterile" look is quite very much "in" it seems, and I have seen quite a few newer buildings in DC, New York, and Germany with this type of interior. Could it be nicer? Probably. Question is, can the airport afford to make it nicer? If not, then I think this does a decent job.

I mean, they were redesigning it and expanding it so I suppose they could have included more artistic features..

Quoting CV990A (Reply 6):
With the old facility, there were many times where they couldn't unload the people eaters into the facility because it would be totally jam-packed full. That is no longer the case.

Do you know of any old photos by any chance?

Quoting CV990A (Reply 6):
It's taking time, but the D2 Development at Dulles is really turning IAD into a great airport. Now, about that C/D Terminal...

Yup! I've been saying it on A.net for a while, but IAD is well on its way to being a great airport. Once C/D is complete it will have no major flaws left...

Quoting phatfarmlines (Reply 8):
How does MWAA plan on connecting this new IAB to the B concourse after the mobile lounges are gone. New underground tram line, new moving sidewalk tunnel, or keep a dedicated fleet of mobile lounges to serve this purpose?

The current plan is for the mobile lounges to operate indefinitely. I don't think you'll see a moving sidewalk tunnel (because you'd still need the mobile lounges for Concourse C international arrivals). A new underground tram line is possible down the road, or even a connection to the already-existing aeroTrain system...But this is at least a decade away.


User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24857 posts, RR: 46
Reply 10, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 6524 times:

Quoting washingtonian (Reply 9):
How new is this facility?

Was rededicated last summer

Quoting washingtonian (Reply 9):
And how are the other FIS facilities in the non-TBIT terminals?

Varies greatly as they are part of airline specific leasehold properties. So they range from rather new, to old and drap places.



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User currently onlineFlaps From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 1259 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 6261 times:

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 4):
The look of the facility is that could be a court house, or any other generic government building.

It is after all a generic government facility.


User currently offlinecgnnrw From Germany, joined May 2005, 1143 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 6211 times:

It is an improvement but I agree it could use a dash of color; a bit of greenery and some artwork. I like the fact Americans are finally realizing that natural sunlight is not something evil. I often thought urban planers in 1970s, 80s and 90s had something against natural light when it came to public buildings.

In order to keep costs to a minimum the airport could solicit each State to "donate" artwork from local artists showcaing "typical" US landmarks, natural parks, sights, etc.

The airport could also display works of art from local universities, schools, civic groups, etc. I can imagine an elementary school art class getting a kick out of having their "masterpieces" admired by thousands of international visitors.

Another suggestion is to take an example form AMS and display artwork from the Smithsonian Institute. It doesn't have to be a Rembrandt or van Gogh but I'm sure there is a lot of "stuff" in various basements and warehouses lying around due to lack of space in the regular museums.



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User currently offlineizbtmnhd From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 251 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 5472 times:

Quoting washingtonian (Reply 9):
Yup! I've been saying it on A.net for a while, but IAD is well on its way to being a great airport. Once C/D is complete it will have no major flaws left...

Hmm...I wouldn't go that far.

1. It has very poor mx hangar facilites for a hub of its' size. In all seriousness, CLE's CO hangar is larger and more modern (after the rehab) than anything currently available at IAD. The old Indy Air hangar is available but good luck parking a 737 in there let alone a 777.

2. The one decent sized hanger built for GA aircraft collapsed about a year ago and there seems to be no real plan on when there will be a replacement or where will it be located.

3. There isn't any funding for Tier 2, so the C/D problem will continue well into this decade, if not longer.

4. Because of the Tier 2 issue, the AeroTrain is pretty inefficient. No access to Concourse D, and a long-walk back tunnel to Concourse C.

5. Despite all the positive spin in the local press about the new Silver line, they continue to ignore the 800-pound gorilla in the room: There still isn't near enough funding to get Metro out to Dulles. It took 35 years to get Metro from Falls Church to Tysons Corner and Reston, let's hope it dosen't another 35 to get to IAD. It may.

I can think of more issues but I don't have the time to list them all.

Anyway, DCA, IMHO. is a lot closer to "perfection" than IAD.

Quoting washingtonian (Reply 9):
The current plan is for the mobile lounges to operate indefinitely. I don't think you'll see a moving sidewalk tunnel (because you'd still need the mobile lounges for Concourse C international arrivals). A new underground tram line is possible down the road, or even a connection to the already-existing aeroTrain system...But this is at least a decade away.

There's no tram/walkway system in the works for any master plan of the airport I have seen given to the public. I'd say the odds of this ever happening are zero.


User currently offlineDCA-ROCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 4488 posts, RR: 33
Reply 14, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 5352 times:

As others have said, the new FIS addition offers a big improvement in space and light, but it needs more color. As noted above, maybe artists can dress it up a bit, and some vegetation wouldn't hurt.

Quoting izbtmnhd (Reply 13):
Hmm...I wouldn't go that far.

  

What are GA aircraft doing for now?

C / D will probably be here until the Second Coming, along with the hike back from the train station.

With Metro, there is also the fact that there will be almost 20 stops between Metro Center and Dulles. There's also the problem--carefully analyzed here in past threads--of how to get the Silver Line downtown, as WMATA and MWAA insist they want to do. Somebody's ox--probably Orange, and Blue or Yellow--is going to get badly gored. The Rosslyn Tunnel can't absorb a third line without some substantial reroutings of trains. My money is on some Blue trains getting sent over the Yellow-Green crossing, and maybe terminating at Mt Vernon Square, the last downtown stop.

From Downtown, it's going to be a *long* ride out to Dulles--and given Metro's problems the past couple of years, perhaps not even a reliably timed one. The Silver Line may turn out to be much more helpful for people from East Falls Church on out than for anyone Downtown.

Jim


User currently offlinewashingtonian From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 5193 times:

I'm surprised that most people don't like the photos as much as I do. Perhaps the fact that it is much nicer than the old one is what is doing it for me...

Quoting cgnnrw (Reply 12):
In order to keep costs to a minimum the airport could solicit each State to "donate" artwork from local artists showcaing "typical" US landmarks, natural parks, sights, etc.

The airport could also display works of art from local universities, schools, civic groups, etc. I can imagine an elementary school art class getting a kick out of having their "masterpieces" admired by thousands of international visitors.

Another suggestion is to take an example form AMS and display artwork from the Smithsonian Institute. It doesn't have to be a Rembrandt or van Gogh but I'm sure there is a lot of "stuff" in various basements and warehouses lying around due to lack of space in the regular museums.

All very good points.

Quoting izbtmnhd (Reply 13):
1. It has very poor mx hangar facilites for a hub of its' size. In all seriousness, CLE's CO hangar is larger and more modern (after the rehab) than anything currently available at IAD. The old Indy Air hangar is available but good luck parking a 737 in there let alone a 777.

This fortunately doesn't affect the travel experience. Also, there is SO much land at Dulles. If the new United increases flying there, they can easily build a new hangar. Remember that the big CO hangar at Newark only opened circa 2002.

Quoting izbtmnhd (Reply 13):
3. There isn't any funding for Tier 2, so the C/D problem will continue well into this decade, if not longer.

My statement said that once Tier 2 is complete, IAD will be great. C/D might be around another 4-10 years, but it's not going to be around forever. And when United is in the new Tier 2, along with presumably whatever new international service come in the next 4-10 years, IAD will be a model hub.

Quoting izbtmnhd (Reply 13):
5. Despite all the positive spin in the local press about the new Silver line, they continue to ignore the 800-pound gorilla in the room: There still isn't near enough funding to get Metro out to Dulles. It took 35 years to get Metro from Falls Church to Tysons Corner and Reston, let's hope it dosen't another 35 to get to IAD. It may.

I might understand your criticism if it was anytime before 2009. But the Metro is being built as we type this. I have a hard time believing they will only build it half-way and not build it all the way out to Dulles. They will figure out a way to get the funding done. This is the Washington, D.C. area, not some cash-strapped state. They'll find a way to get it done. The federal government will not leave it half-built.

Quoting DCA-ROCguy (Reply 14):
With Metro, there is also the fact that there will be almost 20 stops between Metro Center and Dulles.

Yes, but this is irrelevant. Dulles will still have Metro access; 20 years from now the Tysons Corner area will have a huge population base, not to mention all of the other growth in NOVA. The Silver Line is important...


User currently offlinewashingtonian From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4887 times:

I'm still looking for old photos of the FIS if anyone has any!

User currently offlineizbtmnhd From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 251 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (3 years 5 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4521 times:

Quoting DCA-ROCguy (Reply 14):
What are GA aircraft doing for now?

There's still a smaller GA hanger just to the south of the collapsed one but a lot of aircraft just park outside. Fortunately this winter has been kinder to the Mid-Atlantic than the last one!

Quoting DCA-ROCguy (Reply 14):
With Metro, there is also the fact that there will be almost 20 stops between Metro Center and Dulles. There's also the problem--carefully analyzed here in past threads--of how to get the Silver Line downtown, as WMATA and MWAA insist they want to do. Somebody's ox--probably Orange, and Blue or Yellow--is going to get badly gored. The Rosslyn Tunnel can't absorb a third line without some substantial reroutings of trains. My money is on some Blue trains getting sent over the Yellow-Green crossing, and maybe terminating at Mt Vernon Square, the last downtown stop.

From Downtown, it's going to be a *long* ride out to Dulles--and given Metro's problems the past couple of years, perhaps not even a reliably timed one. The Silver Line may turn out to be much more helpful for people from East Falls Church on out than for anyone Downtown.

Don't even get me started.

While I'm all for rail, the Silver Line is only going to cause more problems for METRO in an era where Federal/State dollars should be used for constructive projects. The real line that needed to be built was the Beltway-following circular Purple Line. I never hear many complaints in this area about rail to Dulles but I always hear complaints (even at Dulles) about effective mass transit between Maryland and Virginia. There's a greater need to effectively connect Rockville to Tysons vs. Ashburn to Downtown.

Quoting washingtonian (Reply 15):
I'm surprised that most people don't like the photos as much as I do. Perhaps the fact that it is much nicer than the old one is what is doing it for me...

Agree 100%, the new facility is heaven compared to the old one.

Quoting washingtonian (Reply 15):
This fortunately doesn't affect the travel experience. Also, there is SO much land at Dulles. If the new United increases flying there, they can easily build a new hangar. Remember that the big CO hangar at Newark only opened circa 2002.

Right but EWR didn't have just an RJ only hangar before that. There are ZERO hangar options at IAD currently for UA/CO. It's a bigger problem than you think and money just dosen't grow on trees.

Quoting washingtonian (Reply 15):
My statement said that once Tier 2 is complete, IAD will be great. C/D might be around another 4-10 years, but it's not going to be around forever. And when United is in the new Tier 2, along with presumably whatever new international service come in the next 4-10 years, IAD will be a model hub.

There's no money planned for this in the short-term or even medium-term, so the odds of Tier 2 being completed even in 10 years are low and never say never about forever. Again, it's not a gloss-over problem. It's the main connection point for the UA/CO hub at IAD.

Quoting washingtonian (Reply 15):
I might understand your criticism if it was anytime before 2009. But the Metro is being built as we type this. I have a hard time believing they will only build it half-way and not build it all the way out to Dulles. They will figure out a way to get the funding done. This is the Washington, D.C. area, not some cash-strapped state. They'll find a way to get it done. The federal government will not leave it half-built.

That's why the project is being built in Phases. When you say it's only being built "half-way" you need to understand that Phase 1 could be built and it would never be considered a half-done project. The reason why it was split was because there was no complete funding for Phase 2.

Phase 2 was supposed to be built independent of Fed Dollars. Now it looks like with toll-road revenues projections too low, reluctance from the biz community for a new tax and construction costs higher than estimated trouble is brewing. Fairfax Co. pols are suggesting to ask for Federal assistance again but it took 35 years to get Fed dollars for Phase 1 and that was when times were good. Just a quick glance at the news would show you it's only going to be harder to get funding this time around, especially if the project estimates were incorrect to begin with.

Phase 2 is 100% stalled. No money, no extension. Simple as that.


User currently offlineseabosdca From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 5314 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (3 years 5 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4444 times:

Quoting washingtonian (Reply 9):
Yup! I've been saying it on A.net for a while, but IAD is well on its way to being a great airport. Once C/D is complete it will have no major flaws left...

Other than its location in the middle of nowhere.   

Quoting DCA-ROCguy (Reply 14):
With Metro, there is also the fact that there will be almost 20 stops between Metro Center and Dulles. There's also the problem--carefully analyzed here in past threads--of how to get the Silver Line downtown, as WMATA and MWAA insist they want to do. Somebody's ox--probably Orange, and Blue or Yellow--is going to get badly gored. The Rosslyn Tunnel can't absorb a third line without some substantial reroutings of trains. My money is on some Blue trains getting sent over the Yellow-Green crossing, and maybe terminating at Mt Vernon Square, the last downtown stop.

There is no mystery about how this is going to work. Most Blue Line trains from Virginia will go over the Yellow Line bridge. There will be a slight increase in the number of trains going through Rosslyn, which will work because fewer of them are switching at Rosslyn. Orange and Silver trains will be redistributed on the east end so there is still adequate service to Largo and New Carrolton.

I've seen so much hand-wringing about this but it's the easiest thing about the project.

Quoting izbtmnhd (Reply 17):

While I'm all for rail, the Silver Line is only going to cause more problems for METRO in an era where Federal/State dollars should be used for constructive projects. The real line that needed to be built was the Beltway-following circular Purple Line. I never hear many complaints in this area about rail to Dulles but I always hear complaints (even at Dulles) about effective mass transit between Maryland and Virginia. There's a greater need to effectively connect Rockville to Tysons vs. Ashburn to Downtown.

It's just a matter of time before the Purple Line already planned to Bethesda gets extended across the river. That's one of the two next logical steps for DC transit (the other being a second Potomac tunnel providing access to Georgetown, the K/L/M Street area, Logan Circle, and the convention center).

But a downtown-Tysons connection will have more riders than a Maryland-Tysons connection. If you don't hear lots of loud complaining about downtown-Tyson's or downtown-Dulles access, you must not live or work downtown (I do both).

Quoting izbtmnhd (Reply 17):
Phase 2 is 100% stalled. No money, no extension. Simple as that.

We live in a different world from the '80s and '90s. While a future administration could theoretically go back to that world, the transportation funding picture is far more friendly to large transit projects than it was then. And Loudoun and outer Fairfax counties can bring a lot of political heat. Funding for Phase 2 will happen, maybe not right on time, but within a few years.


User currently offlinePacificClipper From United States of America, joined Aug 2009, 312 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (3 years 5 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 4256 times:

It's definitely clean, modern and efficient looking. The glass wall and use of recessed lights in the main hall are very nice touches. I'm sure that will look neat in during sunset and evening hours.

There were some comments on here about how it could have been better but frankly any new airport construction that doesn't resemble a Costco (i.e. no use of space frame roofs and exposed corrugated metal) is a step up in my opinion.



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User currently offlineixemctdca From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 53 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (3 years 5 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4001 times:

Why does everyone look blurry like Julie Benz in No Ordinary Family?  


-ixemctdca
User currently offlineizbtmnhd From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 251 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3662 times:

Quoting seabosdca (Reply 18):
It's just a matter of time before the Purple Line already planned to Bethesda gets extended across the river. That's one of the two next logical steps for DC transit (the other being a second Potomac tunnel providing access to Georgetown, the K/L/M Street area, Logan Circle, and the convention center).

But a downtown-Tysons connection will have more riders than a Maryland-Tysons connection. If you don't hear lots of loud complaining about downtown-Tyson's or downtown-Dulles access, you must not live or work downtown (I do both).

There's no real money for the Purple Line and what little Federal dollars are available are being spent building Phase I the Silver Line. There's not even a plan for a Georgetown spur. I'm just want people to have an honest assessment of what's going on here.

I live/shop (and worked) around Tysons and I work at Dulles. (I've worked downtown as well). I know tons of people who work at Tysons and I can assure you that the biggest headache is not getting from Tysons to Downtown where there are several transportation options already but is instead the trip to Montgomery County, MD. The physical evidence of this is quite clear when you see the flow of traffic in/out of Tysons Corner on the Beltway.

As for the rest of the Silver Line, I have no doubt people downtown will appreciate the link to Dulles but most people I talk to in inner-Fairfax and Arlington Co. would have rather had a circular line linking densely populated areas as opposed to a line that ends in low-density Ashburn. In other words, most people in my neighborhood are more likely to go to Bethesda or Alexandria than Ashburn or IAD. That's why the Beltway is a parking lot, even on Sunday.

Quoting seabosdca (Reply 18):
We live in a different world from the '80s and '90s. While a future administration could theoretically go back to that world, the transportation funding picture is far more friendly to large transit projects than it was then. And Loudoun and outer Fairfax counties can bring a lot of political heat. Funding for Phase 2 will happen, maybe not right on time, but within a few years.

To keep it honest again:

The Fed Gov is drowning in debt. Many states are broke and are going to need the Feds' help. Even Pres. Obama's High Speed Rail plan is getting resistance due to the recent 'austerity' movement. An earmark project that was never correctly funded in the first place is going to have a hard time finding money in this climate. What 'heat' can local politicans really bring? Like I said, the Silver Line was planned in the 1970's is only getting half built today. The Purple Line has been in limbo since the 1980's. The projects got shelved when there was money available. It's not as easy as you present it. If the local authorities go to the Feds, Phase II of this project may take decades. Just be glad that Phase I is being built!

Sorry to go so far off topic but this has to be clarified.


User currently offlineAerLingusA330 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 357 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3328 times:

The FIS facility was pretty much complete back at the end of 2009. Why all the press just now? What really needs to be promoted is the half that wasn't complete before - the baggage claim and Customs side of FIS. Has this officially been completed? If so, pictures?


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