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Friday, March 18, 2011

Loudoun Supervisors Press MWAA on Rail Costs, Loudoun Today, March 18, 2011

Although the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board of Directors is continuing its evaluation of an underground rail station at Dulles Airport, county supervisors last night made it starkly clear to the MWAA staff that they are unwilling to pay for it. . . .

. . . Overall, Loudoun is on the hook to pay for 4.8 percent of the overall project costs, under a financing deal inked more than a decade ago. The federal government, at one time slated to cover 50 percent of the project, has capped its contributions at $900 million, all for Phase I construction.

Loudoun's obligation doesn't kick in until Phase II and, technically, the Board of Supervisors still has an opportunity to opt out entirely. That is a conversation for which some supervisors have pushed and could be held next month when the MWAA team returns to Leesburg to provide a more detailed cost breakdown on the Phase II work, which extends the line west from the Whiele Avenue station and includes stations at Rt. 28, Dulles Airport, Rt. 606 and Rt. 772 in Ashburn.  . . . .

Click here to read the rest of this Loudoun Today article.

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