Politicians might dominate the airwaves in Washington, DC, but the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority rules the airways, or at least the runways. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority operates Washington Dulles International and Ronald Reagan Washington National airports, the primary airports serving the nation's capital. The airports generate revenue from aircraft landing fees, concessions, and space rental. The agency also oversees the Dulles Toll Road. A public agency, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority was created in 1987 by the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Virginia with the consent of the US Congress.
The agency has been improving Dulles airport for several years, including expanding terminals and opening a new runway. Besides airport and Dulles Toll Road operations, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is constructing and funding the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project, a 23-mile extension of Washington, DC's Metrorail system to the airport. Construction on the first phase of the $5 billion project began in March 2009 is expected to be completed in 2013. – less