Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Dulles Metrorail project awarded $116 million in New Starts funding

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U.S. Congressmen Jim Moran and Gerry Connolly and Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner said the Department of Transportation has awarded nearly $116 million funding for construction of Phase 1 of the Dulles Metrorail project in northern Virginia.

The funding, to be released on January 25th is the latest portion of $900 million in New Starts funding secured by the lawmakers. Phase 1 is expected to be completed in 2013.

"The completion of rail to Dulles is vital to the future of our Northern Virginia economy," said Connolly. "It will also help to reduce traffic congestion while providing an important link between the nation's capital, Northern Virginia and the region's premier international airport."

Phase 1 of Dulles Metrorail includes construction of a 11.7-mile heavy rail line from West Falls Church station through Tysons Corner to Wiehle Avenue in Reston, Va. This project will consist of five new stations, improvements to an existing rail yard, 64 new rail cars and 2,300 parking spaces at the Wiehle Avenue station. The 11.7-mile extension is the first phase of a proposed 23.1-mile extension of Metrorail to Dulles International Airport.

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