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Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 09/20/2010

Senators play hardball with airports authority

By David Alpert

Last year, members of the U.S. Senate were threatening to take over Metro if they didn't get what they wanted. Now, they're making those threats against the local airport authority, because it isn't acceding to western senators' demands to allow longer distance flights at National Airport.

WTOP reports that Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.) and Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) are calling for hearings into the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), its governance and finances after officials defended the rules limiting long-distance flights.

MWAA officials said adding flights at Dulles and replacing other short-range flights with flights to the west will reduce traffic at Dulles and impact revenue expected from the Silver Line. They also argued that the airport's parking, security screening and baggage handling couldn't handle the additional demand.

[Continue reading David Alpert's post here at Greater Greater Washington.]

David Alpert is founder and editor of Greater Greater Washington. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By David Alpert  | September 20, 2010; 12:35 PM ET
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, transportation  
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