Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Fairfax Country confirms Dulles rail project participation, approves station Names

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The Virginia Fairfax County Board of Supervisors confirmed the county's participation in Phase 2 of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project.

"The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors reaffirmed our commitment to Phase 2 of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project today," Chairman Sharon Bulova said. "It is my hope that Phase 2 will move forward as planned and we will all be able to take advantage of the enormous economic development opportunities the Silver Line extension will present."

It will take an estimated $2.7 billion to build the project's second phase based on the preliminary engineering cost estimate released by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority on March 6. This estimate is $1 billion less than earlier figures. Savings were achieved by eliminating the underground station at Dulles Airport, value engineering reductions and project scope changes agreed to by all the funding partners.

As part of the financial deal, Fairfax County agreed to make its best efforts to pay for building the Route 28 Station, along with the parking garage at this station and at Herndon Monroe, outside of the project. The county is looking at several options that include using a public-private partnership, developer contributions, parking revenue and/or federal or state grants. If the county is not successful in funding the two garages and station outside of the project, Fairfax will only pay for 16.1 percent of the cost for these facilities.

The county's share for the entire Dulles Rail project is estimated to be $900 to $965 million. Of this amount, $730 million will be paid for by voluntary, special tax districts created by landowners.

The rail project's second phase includes six stations along its 11.4 mile run, stretching from Wiehle Avenue in Fairfax County to Route 772 in Loudoun County. Construction is expected to begin in early 2013 and the project is estimated to be completed in 2017.The first phase of the project is currently under construction, and it expected to be completed in late 2013.

The board of supervisors approved the recommended names for the eight Silver Line stations in the county. These names will be sent to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's board for final approval and adoption.

The approved names and station locations are:
• McLean (1824 Dolley Madison Boulevard)
• Tysons Corner (1943 Chain Bridge Road)
• Greensboro (8305 Leesburg Pike)
• Spring Hill (1576 Spring Hill Road)
• Wiehle-Reston East (1862 Wiehle Avenue, Reston)
• Reston Town Center (Near the intersection of Route 267 and Reston Parkway)
• Herndon (Near the intersection of Route 267 and Monroe Street)
• Innovation Center (Near the intersection of Route 267, Route 28 and Innovation Avenue)

County transportation officials developed these names based on public input and WMATA's policy for station names.

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