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U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Wednesday directed airport officials and elected leaders to spend a month trying to reach a compromise in an ongoing dispute over a planned Metrorail station at Washington Dulles International Airport.
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority in April voted to build an underground station closer to the airport terminal rather than an above-ground station farther away that would cost $330 million less. Backed by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Loudoun and Fairfax officials said the counties couldn’t afford the extra cost and have threatened to withhold their contribution to the project.
Mr. LaHood asked the parties to meet over a 30-day period to discuss concerns about the scope, cost and payment methods for the massive project, which will extend a new Metro Silver Line from the East Falls Church station through Tysons Corner and on to Dulles by 2017. . . .