Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Loudoun County Supervisors Endorse Above Ground Rail at Dulles Airport

According to the Ashburn Patch website, today the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors endorsed a proposal 8-1 to scrap the tunnel planned at Dulles International Airport as part of the extension of Metro's Silver Line through the airport and on to Ashburn.

"Soaring cost estimates have pushed planners at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, the quasi-governmental entity charged with constructing the project, to recommend cutting the tunnel for an estimated savings of $640 million.

"The proposed change requires an additional two miles of rail construction, approval from the Federal Transit Administration and, depending on details of the changes, a possible new environmental impact study, or EIS. Tom Farley, a project representative, told supervisors that planners at MWAA were hopeful for minimal environmental requirements."

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