A clear signal of a failure in "metropolitan" transportation planning: a proposal to eliminate a subway station from Dulles Airport
From the article:
The airports authority in charge of building the Metro rail extension to Dulles International Airport is considering eliminating the Metro station at the airport.
Instead of stopping at the airport, Metro's new Silver Line would drop airport passengers off along Route 28 in Fairfax County. Riders would then have to ride a bus or a light rail train another 1.5 miles to the airport, according to a proposal discussed Wednesday by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.
Altering the course of the Metro line, which is already under construction, would shave about $70 million off of a nearly $6 billion price tag...
As far as metropolitan planning goes, it's also an illustration of the failure to plan for the metropolitan area in terms of its role as a gateway to the U.S. and the National Capital. I write from time to time about how the publisher of Monocle Magazine, Tyler Brûlé, writes a weekly column for the Financial Times, and he is constantly writing about how the experience of flying into Dulles from overseas is a substandard one, not becoming to the United States. (For thinking about the region in terms of "nation branding" issues, I recommend Brand America: The Mother of All Brands by Simon Anholt.)
Gate agents screaming for transfer passengers, sniffer dogs and disorganised immigration officers greet travellers in this airport terminal ...
When I finally reach the front and am told what booth to stand in front of, I have to remind myself not to say anything smart as I’m likely to be thrown into detention and escorted back to my Lufthansa aircraft. OK, it’s time to make your guess. Where in the world am I?
You might think I’ve rocked up in some shambolic banana republic or poorly managed police state, but I’m actually at Washington DC’s Dulles Airport late on a Sunday afternoon.
Because no one agency seems to be considering this broad issue, maybe that's another task for the Visitor element of the Federal comprehensive land use planning process managed by the National Capital Planning Commission. (Although it requiring changing the plan to be about the "National Capital" as well as the "National Capital Region," which is among the responsibilities of the Commission.)
This has been a problem for awhile. See "Demanding excellence in public projects is too rare a phenomenon: #1 the subway station at Dulles Airport" and "Silver Line Metro expansion a classic example of the need to have true regional transportation planning."
Dulles Airport postcard view. Looks can be deceiving. How you get to and from an airport on the ground is just as important as how the airport looks from the air.