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Atlanta and Washington, D.C. have parallel pasts in launching very similar transit systems; their heavy rail lines — Washington Metro and Atlanta MARTA — were designed in similar fashion as quasi subway and commuter rail operations and they even launched a little over four years apart.

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The Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport had a total of 22,498,353 commercial passengers flow through its gates in 2013 making it – once again – the busiest airport in the Washington, D.C. area.

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The controversial light-rail project that will connect Bethesda and New Carrollton via Silver Spring has received the go-ahead from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to enter the Preliminary Engineering (PE) phase.

The Maryland Transportation Administration (MTA) will move forward with detailed specifications and plans for the 21-station system. The 16.3-miles Purple Line is expected to have a total project cost of $1.9 billion. It would take about an hour to travel from Bethesda to New Carrolton via the system.

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Fairfax County Director of Public Affairs, Merni Fitzgerald is refuting claims made by a Washington Examiner newspaper editorial that the Dulles rail project is no longer on schedule, is over budget, and lacks transparency to the public.

The statement was posted on the Fairfax County government website calling the editorial titled "Airports authority head lied, and transparency died", a piece full of inaccuracies and stating opinions as facts.

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Volkswagen's American headquarters in Herndon continues to report good news during the current sales year. The maker of the New Beetle posted sales of 28,444 which was their best June as well as their best first-half in 9 years.

Despite current economic conditions and sale decreases reported buy competing automakers, the all new Jetta sold 17,105 units, a 88.3% increase from last year; it was the best month ever for Volkswagen's volume seller.

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Science Applications International Corporation (NYSE: SAI), the Mclean based government technology contractor was awarded an up to $19 million job by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

SAIC will provide services to the U.S. Department of Transportation and Office of Freight Management and Operations (HOFM).

Support includes technical and programmatic services. SAIC gained revenues of $11.1 billion for its fiscal year ended January 31st, 2011. The market cap is approximately $5.74 billion.

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            The European automaker who's headquarters in the U.S. is located in Herdon Virginia, announced nationwide sales in the month of february 2011 of 21,461 units, up18/5% from february of 2010. The company has expressed satisfaction of the new Jetta sales of 21,591 units being the automakers top headline model of 2011 to date; Which is important, due to the lineups of cars that have been underperforming in the U.S. as other models such as the A5/A6, and the CC have sold 2,000 each.