Metrorail to Dulles plan clears major hurdle

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The Federal Transit Administration has approved its share for the extension of Metrorail to Dulles International Airport, a move that almost guarantees the $5.2 billion project will become a reality.

Approval of the money now goes onto to Transportation Secretary Mary Peters and the Office of Management and Budget, but most officials involved in the project say the transit agency’s approval was the major obstacle. After those approvals, Congress must then approve the money.

The planned Silver Line would run 23 miles from Falls Church to the bustling Tysons Corner on its way to Dulles International Airport and Loudoun County.

The first stage, which extends to Tysons Corner, is expected to be completed in 2013. The second phase would be finished two years later. (The Washington Post)

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