Rep. Wolf Seeks to Rework Airports Board to Favor Va. - NBC4 Washington

Rep. Wolf Seeks to Rework Airports Board to Favor Va.



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    A Virginia congressman wants to overhaul the board that runs the Washington region's two major airports to give his state a board majority because of the decision to build an underground Metro station at Dulles.

    Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., has been upset with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority for its management of a multi-billion dollar extension of the region's Metro system. Wolf said the planned design of an underground station at Dulles International Airport will cost $300 million more than necessary.

    On Tuesday, Wolf introduced a bill to increase the board's size from 13 to 17. He would allow Virginia to appoint all four new members, giving it control over nine of 17 spots. Maryland, the District of Columbia and the president would appoint the rest.

    Both Dulles and Reagan airports are in northern Virginia but serve travelers from across the region.