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Thursday, June 2, 2011

LaHood Meeting On Dulles Rail Yields No Agreement, WAMU, June 2, 2011

David Schultz

June 02, 2011 - The partners working to build an extension of Metrorail to Dulles Airport are deeply divided, and their funding agreement is on the verge of collapse. Now, the federal government is stepping in.

LaHood Meeting Yields No Agreement On Dulles Rail
The disagreement over the Dulles Airport Metro station centers over whether it will be above ground (in the area of grass and trees in the foreground of the picture above) or underneath the parking lot. Courtesy of: David Schultz

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood called everyone involved into his office Wednesday to try to work out a negotiation.

The dispute centers on the second phase of the so-called Silver line project, from Reston out to Dulles airport and beyond. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority chose the more expensive of two options for a train station at Dulles, and local political leaders are refusing to pay for it.

Nothing concrete came of Wednesday's meeting, but the parties agreed to meet again in 30 days. . . .
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