Washington, The Nations Capitol: Updates 2017

We have a BIG WebSite already for Washington DC. Lots of things happening like METRO to Dulles Airport.

Metro to Dulles Airport

Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) is located in Chantilly, Virginia, on 12,000 acres of land in the suburbs of downtown Washington, DC. The Main Terminal opened in 1962 and was designed by architect Eero Saarinen. Dulles is a major hub for domestic and international air travel with a mixture of legacy and low fare carriers that provide air service throughout the world. Flights operate from midfield concourses A, B, C and D and from Z-gates connected to the Main Terminal. The Airport has invested in its infrastructure through a major capital program, which included two parking garages, a new airport traffic control tower, expanded B-gates, a new fourth runway, an AeroTrain people mover system and an expanded International Arrivals Building. The airport is connected to the region’s highway system via an Authority-operated, 16-mile Airport Access Highway dedicated to airport users. A 23-mile expansion of the region’s Metrorail system that includes a station at Dulles is under construction.

Dulles has significant capacity for future growth. With minor expansion, the current facilities could accommodate 45 million annual passengers (22.5 million enplanements). With all future facilities in the master plan constructed, the airport could accommodate 70 million annual passengers (35 million enplanements) operating out of 250 airline gates. The current four-runway configuration has a capacity of up to 600,000 aircraft operations per year. With a future fifth runway constructed, the airfield capacity could increase to 1 million aircraft operations per year.

The Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project is a 23-mile extension of Washington’s existing Metrorail System. It is being built in two phases by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA).

Phase 1 of the new line opened on July 26, 2014, connecting East Falls Church with Tysons Corner and Reston, Virginia’s largest employment centers, with downtown Washington and Largo, Maryland. Known as the Silver Line, the extension is operated by the Metropolitan Washington Area Transit Authority (WMATA).

Preliminary construction for Phase 2 began in 2014. It will run from the eastern edge of Reston west to Washington Dulles International Airport and to Ashburn in eastern Loudoun County.

When both phases are complete, the line will provide a one-seat, no transfer ride from Dulles to downtown Washington creating long-sought after connectivity between the burgeoning Dulles corridor and the nation’s capital. The extension includes 11 new stations.

Phase 1

Phase 1 includes five stations along 11.7 miles. Four are in Tysons Corner and the fifth, which serves as the temporary terminus, is on the eastern edge of Reston.

McLean Station is on the northwest side of Route 123 at Scotts Crossing/Colshire Drive (aerial).
Tysons Corner Station is on the north side of Route 123 at Tysons Boulevard (aerial).
Greensboro Station is in the median of Route 7, just west of the Route 123 overpass (half below ground, half at grade).
Spring Hill Station is in the median of Route 7 at Spring Hill Road (aerial).
Wiehle-Reston East Station is in the median of the Dulles Toll Road/Dulles Airport Access Highway just west of the Wiehle Avenue overpass (at grade).
Phase 1 Contractor

In March 2008, MWAA and Dulles Transit Partners signed a $1.6 billion fixed-price construction contract to build Phase 1, keeping the anticipated costs of the project to $2.6 billion.

Phase 2

Phase 2 will include six stations along 11.4 miles from the Wiehle-Reston East Station to Ashburn. Locations are:

Reston Town Center Station is in the median of the Dulles Toll Road/Dulles Airport Access Highway just west of the Reston Parkway overpass (at grade).
Herndon Station is in the median of the Dulles Toll Road/Dulles Airport Access Highway near the existing Herndon-Monroe Park and Ride lot (at grade).
Innovation Station is in the median of the Dulles Toll Road/ Dulles Airport Access Highway east of Route 28 near the Center for Innovative Technology (at grade).
Dulles Airport Station is along Saarinen Circle across from the terminal (aerial).
Route 606 Station* is along Route 606 on the west side of Dulles Airport in the median of the Dulles Greenway (at grade).
Route 772 Station* is in the median of the Dulles Greenway at Route 772/Ashburn Village Boulevard (at grade).
*Temporary construction station names, final station names to be determined.

Phase 2 Contractors

On May 14, 2013, the Airports Authority awarded a design-built contract for the major portion of Phase 2 to Capital Rail Constructors, a joint venture of Clark Construction Group and Kiewit Infrastructure South. A notice to proceed was issued on July 9, 2013. The contract includes systems, tracks, and stations.

On August 4, 2014, the Airports Authority awarded a $253 million design-build contract to Hensel Phelps Construction Company for the rail yard and maintenance facility which is being built on Dulles Airport property as part of Phase 2. Construction will begin in 2015.

Construction of Phase 2 will take five years. A completion date has not been set.


Most of the rail extension is in the median of the Dulles International Airport Access Highway and Dulles Toll Road, but the Silver Line alignment also serves Tysons Corner and Dulles Airport. The rail line leaves the Dulles Connector Road and travels along the northwest side of Route 123, through a tunnel at the intersection of Routes 7 and 123 and then westward in the median of Route 7 before rejoining the median of the Dulles Toll Road/Dulles Airport Access Highway.

The extension includes 11 Metrorail stations, a new rail yard on Dulles Airport property and improvements to an existing rail yard at the West Falls Church Station. This alignment was selected because it offers the highest ridership potential with the fewest impacts on residential areas and the natural environment.

What Will Bring General Electric Back To The Top???

Photo above is the General Electric Global Research headquarters just outside Schenectady, New York.

Every day I listen to business news. General Electric stock price is flat or dropped. Many people blamed the CEO Jeff Immelt. They got their wish and now and John L. Flannery has taken over.

When my boss started with the General Electric Company in the mid-1960’s, he always heard from old-timers how “the Lighting Business pulled GE through the Depression”. Now they need an 2017-version. Watch more news and see how automotive is going to ramp up electric cars. These things need batteries and better than they make now but at a better cost.

Now General Electric has a division called “GE Renewable Energy”. It is headquartered in Schenectady and it offers Wind and Hydro but also has a piece called “Innovative Solutions”.

Not, of course, going to tell Mr. Flannery what to do; but he should make the electric car battery a priority and make it a priority with the Research Center too!

Maybe it will become what turns the whole company around!!!

What Is HOT In Logistics?

NY-NJ port urged to uniformly extend gate hours

A uniform increase in the gate hours of the major terminals at the Port of New York and New Jersey is needed to handle the expected surge in thousands of containers loaded on and off mega-ships, industry leaders argue.

With drivers scarce, smaller trucking companies add capacity

Truck capacity is tightening across the United States, but motor carriers, especially smaller companies, continue to add capacity in the form of terminals, trucks, and drivers.

NY-NJ port considers options after chassis pool collapse

As mega-ships increasingly call the Port of New York and New Jersey, the top East Coast gateway is picking through the options on how to ensure the smooth delivery and pickup of chassis after a seemingly done-deal to create a chassis pool collapsed in July.

US House members: Do not extend Jones Act waiver

Republicans and Democrats on a US House subcommittee said President Donald Trump erred in temporarily allowing foreign-flag ships to sail from the US mainland to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, and that Congress should leave the Jones Act alone.

CMA CGM extends regional reach with Pacific island carrier takeover

CMA CGM’s announced plans to acquire South Pacific carrier Sofrana Unilines comes hot on the heels of its takeover of Maersk’s South American cabotage operator Mercosul Line as the world’s third-largest container shipping company expands its regional influence around the world.

Directors demand more Hyperloop investment

From New Civil Engineer

An influential business group has called for a major investment in Hyperloop technology from government, saying that HS2 will be obsolete by the time it opens.

In its Budget recommendations for the chancellor the Institute of Directors (IoD) championed a major investment in Hyperloop technology as part of schemes to boost regional growth, promoted by initiatives such as the Midlands Engine and the Northern Powerhouse.

Hyperloop technology uses a low-pressure vacuum to propel a levitated pod through a tube at very high speeds. In August development company Hyperloop One reached speeds of 86m/s using its XP-1 first generation pod at its testing site in the Nevada desert, USA.

IoD senior adviser on infrastructure policy Dan Lewis said that while HS2 is most likely to go ahead, the high speed technology will be out of date by the time it opens.

“HS2 will be yesterday’s technology by the time it is ready,” he told The Telegraph.

“Do we make incremental upgrades to infrastructure, or do we spend once on a first of its kind project that could deliver much greater outcomes?”

His comments come after Policy North president David Harrison said the government should ditch HS2 in exchange for more investment in Hyperloop technology.

Nine UK Hyperloop routes have already been proposed by development company Hyperloop One, with engineers from Arup and Aecom working on the designs.

The first proposed route runs for 1,060km between Cardiff and Glasgow via several English cities; a second route will link Edinburgh and London in just 50 minutes and a third will arc from Glasgow to Liverpool via Edinburgh, Newcastle, Leeds and Manchester.

“HS2 will become the backbone of our national rail network – supporting growth and regeneration and helping us build an economy that works for all,” said a spokesperson for the Department for Transport.

“HS2 will transform our rail network for the 21st century, creating more seats and freeing up space on the existing network. This will enable more commuter services on some of our busiest suburban railway lines, leading to better journeys for passengers.”

Need to get to Chicago in a hurry? ‘Loop’ a ride

The Hyperloop is coming!

Well, maybe it’s coming.

A Chicago-Columbus-Pittsburgh route is one of 10 finalists in five countries for Elon Musk’s proposed transport that promises to rapidly whisk passengers hundreds of miles in something akin to a pneumatic tube.

If it works, it could be revolutionary, speeding central Ohioans to Chicago in 29 minutes and Pittsburgh in 18. (So Columbus workers commuting to Pittsburgh at rush hour would get home before Columbus workers commuting to Pickerington.)

And if it doesn’t work? Well, alternatives exist.

So to Speak has learned that the Hyperloop is only one of many similar experimental trains and other transports.

Sources who asked to remain fictitious provided this rundown of other exciting hyper-technologies:

Hyperbole Loop

When you board, Donald Trump spends a half hour bragging about how far and how fast the train is going. Then you get off and find out it has gone nowhere.

Hypersensitive Loop

It’s powered by the sanctimonious outrage of 500 college liberal-arts majors being exposed to opinions different from theirs.

Hypothermia Loop

The passenger compartment is kept at 38 degrees so the train can run on the power generated by shivering.

Hypnosis Loop

Columbus passengers are placed in a trance, which makes them believe they’re in Chicago when, in fact, they’re just eating deep-dish pizza in Hilliard.

Hypocrisy Loop

After doing their best to block any tax dollars from helping to build the new miracle train, conservative politicians grab all the good seats on it. Meanwhile, liberal politicians celebrate the train as long as it doesn’t pass anywhere near their backyards.

Hyphenated Loop

It’s extremely fast and highly efficient, but it serves only the hyphenated. So you can’t board if you’re not Serbo-Croatians, Indo-European, passive-aggressive or a veteran of the Franco-Prussian War.

Hypertext Loop

In theory, it’s fantastic: Just sit at a computer, click on a link and be taken anywhere. In practice? Click on a link, watch 17 pop/pop-up? ads and get a message saying “the program is not responding.”

Hierarchy Loop

It’s a train whose speed and efficiency would be unprecedented if the cars were arranged one behind the other. But corporate CEOs insist on stacking them so that they can sit higher than anyone else.

Griper Loop

People who like to complain are put in a special Hyper-Loop car run by the airlines to make sure they’ll have something to be upset about.