b'24 IADPASSENGER TRANSPORT PHOTO: CAMERON DAVIDSON/CAMERONDAVIDSON.COM and eventually secured $900 million to build Phase 1 of the project. The challenge was that under that program, the Federal Transit Administration does a significant amount of oversight for the grantees, Elman explains. They have a lot of requirements on the components that make up the project and the projects cost, schedule and risks that they weigh in on before they approve the funding. When the design of Phase 1 ended up being way over the budget to meet FTAs cost-effectiveness criteria, significant value engineering occurred to reduce costs while maintaining the same functionality and service, he continues.The entire process required extensive coordination with the funding partners, which not only included FTA, but also the state of Virginia, MWAA and two counties (Fairfax and Loudoun) and most importantly WMATA, which served as the ultimate owner and operator of the extension. Not surprisingly, it was a huge challenge to design a system that met all the stakeholders needs and the FTA cost-effectiveness requirements.There were times that everybody thought the project was on life support, Elman recalls. There were major The rail yard and maintenance center at the airport is the largest in the area. doubts it was going to get the funding to go forward. PRESERVING RUNWAYSDAY & NIGHTFAA P-608 COMPLIANT FAA P-608-R COMPLIANTHundreds of Runways Safely Treated SAFE Recommended for Time-Constrained& Environmentally Responsible Project ConditionsOver 25 Years Serving PROVEN Rapidly Cures to Runway Safetythe Aviation Industry Standards in 2-3 HoursMitigates Asphalt-Based EFFECTIVE No Long-Term Airport FOD & Surface OxidationClosures & Lost RevenueBoth treatments can be applied on all airfield pavements without restrictions.asphaltsystemsinc.comJanuary | February 2023AirportImprovement.com'