LaHood: There Will Be a Silver Line

Stakeholders meet to discuss sticking point

Wednesday, May 2, 2012  |  Updated 10:24 PM EDT
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LaHood: There Will Be a Silver Line

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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood

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Despite a major sticking point, there will be a Metro line that goes all the way to Dulles, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said.

He brought the stakeholders of the second phase of the Silver Line project together Wednesday to try to work out a deal, News4's Derrick Ward reported.

At issue is labor. The airports authority wants to offer incentives to contractors who hire union workers, but Loudoun County officials say that would be too expensive.

“The one sticking point, I think that probably is the biggest sticking point, is a provision called PLA, Project Labor Agreement, and the Virginia Legislature, when they voted for their budget, said that that was something that they prohibited on this project,” LaHood said after Wednesday’s meeting. “So we're going to work with stakeholders, our friends from the airport and the commonwealth, and we'll work this out. There is actually an agreement that’s been signed by all of the parties, so the one sticking point I think can be worked out, and it will be worked out pretty quickly, and we'll proceed ahead.”

LaHood said there likely will be more meetings to work it out. They have until July 4 to find common ground.

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