Thursday, April 19, 2012

WTOP Reports: Dulles Rail Project Officially Over Budget

WTOP Radio reports that the nearly $2.8 billion first phase of the Dulles Rail project is now officially expected to come in over budget.

During a meeting of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Wednesday, the project leader for Dulles Rail told the MWAA Board he is going to need an additional $150 million for the first phase.

"So, you've got a cost over-run and you are going to be coming back to us for more money?," asked MWAA Board member Robert Clarke Brown.

"That's correct," answered Pat Nowakowski, head of Dulles Rail.

Actually, it won't just be the Authority that has to kick in more -- taxpayers in Fairfax and Loudoun Counties -- as well as drivers on the Dulles Toll Road will have to shoulder the extra costs.

It's been known for some time that the costs for Phase I -- the section that will run from Falls Church, through Tysons Corner, and end at Reston -- have been teetering to stay on budget. Safety changes made to the project after construction was already underway, are the main reason for the over-run. Issues with utility relocation in the Tysons area have also proved costly.

Now, official word that extra funding will be needed. 

Read the full WTOP article.

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