- The Washington Times - Friday, November 30, 2001

Northern Virginia will get $27 million from the federal government to help the region recover from the September 11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon, members of its congressional delegation announced yesterday.
An estimated $15 million will go to the Metropolitan Washington Area Airports Authority to help offset lost revenue from the 20-day federally imposed shutdown of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, and about $10 million will fund the transit authority, which includes Metro.
Another $2 million will go to seven counties and cities to help pay for economic development. Of that sum, Fairfax County will get $425,000; Arlington and Alexandria will each receive $400,000.
"Our region is hurting," Rep. Frank R. Wolf, a Republican who represents the 10th District, said at a Capitol Hill news conference. "This additional funding will go a long way toward helping us recover from the Pentagon attack. The delegation is committed to doing all it can to help."
Rep. James P. Moran, 8th District Democrat, praised their bipartisan effort.
"Our regional delegation has worked together in a bipartisan way in order to reopen the airport, get businesses back on their feet and help local governments protect against future attacks," he said. "The funds will go a long way to achieving our goals."
Early this month, the federal government gave the Airports Authority and businesses at Reagan Airport $25 million to cover lost revenue after the attacks.
And federal officials said yesterday more funding for Northern Virginia could be on its way: The House on Wednesday night passed a $317 billion defense appropriations bill that includes more than $80 million to help address emergency response needs in Northern Virginia.
The Senate has yet to consider the bill.
That money, which was in the emergency spending measure attached to the appropriations bill, will help pay for new emergency response equipment for fire and rescue personnel, install chemical sensor alarms in Metro stations and fund a project at Reagan Airport that would match luggage to passengers before boarding planes.
The bill also directs the Federal Transit Administration to work with Northern Virginia to implement a financing plan for expediting rail to Washington Dulles International Airport.
"Improving access to Dulles is now more important than ever," Mr. Wolf said.
"During the three weeks that Reagan National Airport was closed, it quickly became obvious that we need to do something to improve getting to and from Dulles from downtown Washington, D.C."
Reagan Airport suffered a serious blow. Airports Authority officials have projected that the airport will lose almost $32 million in revenue, or $400,000 each day, between September 11 and mid-December.
The airport continues to operate at 52 percent capacity until Dec. 10, when the federal government will decide whether to allow the airport to fly 100 percent of its normal schedule.
Rep. Thomas M. Davis III, Virginia Republican, said he and the rest of the Northern Virginia congressional delegation will press for more money.
"We're not done," Mr. Davis said. "We'll still be working on getting more funding. This is not the end of the line."


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