Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Millions Secured for Dulles Metrorail Extension Project

According to a recent press release from Congressman Jim Moran's office, the Congressman welcomed the House’s passage of funding bills to support national transportation infrastructure, military and veterans.

The press release reported that the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act for FY 2011, which was passed by a vote of 251 to 167 last week, includes $98 million in Moran-backed funding for transportation and infrastructure projects in Northern Virginia.

The House passed Transportation bill includes $96 million for the the extension of Metro to Dulles project.

“Over the next 20 years, employment in the Dulles Corridor is projected to increase by 63%, population will increase by 45% and travel demand will increase by 45%,” said Moran. “The Dulles rail project will save commuting time, reduce gas consumption, foster transit-oriented development and job growth, and generally improve the quality of life for Northern Virginians.”
"This funding will support Phase 1 of the project, which is the initial 11.7 miles diverging from the current Metrorail Orange Line near West Falls Church Station to Wiehle Avenue in Reston, providing direct service to Tysons Corner. Phase 1 will include five new stations, improvements to the existing West Falls Church Service and Inspection Yard and tail tracks outbound of the interim terminus station at Wiehle Avenue. The new service will operate as a separate Metrorail line between the Wiehle Avenue station and the Stadium-Armory Station in Washington, D.C.

"Pedestrian Access Bridge Over Dulles Airport Access and Toll Road– $1 million for the erection of a new pedestrian bridge adjacent to the existing Trap Road overpass on the Dulles Airport Access and Toll Road (DAATR). The pedestrian bridge will increase safety and access to existing non-motorized transportation facilities and is supported by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors."

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