The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority has launched a $3.2-billion program at Dulles International Airport, outside Washington, D.C., one of the fastest-growing airports in the United States. The most notable feature of the program is the underground automated people mover system, which would link the main terminal with outlying concourses and eliminate the use of large shuttle vehicles, known as mobile lounges, that were introduced more than 40 years ago. A new 10,000 ft (3,050 m) runway is scheduled for construction by 2005. Other structures will include two 40-ft (12-m) diameter tunnels: one for utilities and the other for a high-speed baggage system. A new terminal C, which will have 44 gates, will replace the two temporary C and D concourses the airport built during the 1970s. The project will be funded by federal grants, passenger facility charges, and rental fees charged to airlines for access to gates.


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  • Accession Number: 00798494
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 21 2000 12:00AM