Head Of Silver Line Praised As He Exits: What Do You Think?

Does the head of the project deserve praise?

Silver Line still not complete. (Patch file photo.)
Silver Line still not complete. (Patch file photo.)

When the head of the troubled $3 billion project to extend Metro's Silver Line through Tysons Corner resigned, officials with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority praised him for his work.

Pat Nowakowski is leaving next month to take a job at another transit agency with the Silver Line months behind schedule and tens of millions of dollars over budget.

Which leads to a question:

  • What do you think about Nowakowski's job with the Silver Line? Tell us in comments below.
Rick Tocchet April 19, 2014 at 10:58 AM
Leftists 'fail up' makes perfect sense, heck, Hillary was lauded for Benghazi.
John Lovaas April 19, 2014 at 11:35 AM
Given all the problems and sleaziness on the Board of MWAA, it is hard to sort out what contracting and construction screwups may be attributable to Mr. Nowakowski and which to the Board or others. Nowakowski was often unresponsiive in sharing information with and engaging in dialogue with the community. Change at that position may be good idea for all concerned. Now replace Tom Davis with someone less blatantly political and maybe phase two will go more smoothly.
Amy April 19, 2014 at 04:16 PM
It is not "months" behind schedule; it is years behind schedule. When I moved out to Reston in 2007, the first phase was supposed to open in 2010. Then they revised the schedule and the budget and said it was supposed to open in the fall of 2013. Since then, there have been repeated pushbacks of the opening date. Now they're saying that a "critical" communications link doesn't work and will take a year to replace, but the line can open without it. That makes no sense. Merriam-Webster defines "critical" in this context as meaning "indispensable, vital". So if this system is really critical, I would now not expect the line to open for another year at least. In fact, at this point, I would be surprised if it ever actually opens at all.
jbs1958 April 19, 2014 at 09:02 PM
He should have been FIRED long ago. That's how you reward incredibly poor planning. This is a bigger fiasco than Obamacare. That line should be OPEN now, no ifs, ands, or buts. Every day that goes by with those stations built and all the access built and the trains available is a colossal waste of time and money.
Michael Blevins April 19, 2014 at 10:29 PM
Of course, Mr. Nowakowski will be praised. Today, no one is accountable for anything, particularly for failure and poor performance. Maybe his dog ate his homework, or maybe he he had a flat tire on the way to his office. So the Silver Line is months late and millions over budget, so what? Mr. Nowakowski still drew his salary and will go on to another well-paying job. Everyone is a winner...except the citizens of Northern Virginia.


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