Virginia Lawmakers Announce Nearly $116M for Dulles Rail

Washington, DC - Today, Senators Jim Webb and Mark R. Warner and Congressmen Jim Moran and Gerry Connolly announced nearly $116 million in Department of Transportation funding for construction of Phase I of the Dulles Metrorail project. The funding, to be released on January 25th, is the latest portion of $900 million in New Starts funding secured by the lawmakers. Phase I is expected to be completed in 2013.

"Today's $116 million investment brings Northern Virginia one step closer to a crucial Metrorail extension that will relieve congestion, improve quality of life and foster sustained economic growth in the region," said Senator Webb. "As Northern Virginia continues to be one of the fastest growing regions in the country, the Dulles Metrorail project will help meet the area's overwhelming need for alternative modes of transportation."

"I applaud the Department of Transportation for following through with this portion of its commitment. The investment will keep this project on schedule, alleviate and help us get to our goal of extending Metro to Dulles Airport and beyond," said Senator Warner.

"We cannot pave our way out of the worst traffic in the nation," said Representative Moran. "The expansion of Metro to Dulles will help reduce traffic and move all of Northern Virginia into a more environmentally-friendly, transit-oriented region."

"The completion of Rail to Dulles is vital to the future of our Northern Virginia economy," said Representative Connolly. "It will also help to reduce traffic congestion while providing an important link between the nation's capital, Northern Virginia, and the region's premier international airport."

Phase I of Dulles Metrorail includes construction of a 11.7-mile heavy rail line from West Falls Church station through Tysons Corner to Wiehle Avenue in Reston, Virginia. This project will consist of five new stations, improvements to an existing rail yard, 64 new rail cars, and 2,300 parking spaces at the Wiehle Avenue station. The 11.7-mile extension is the first phase of a proposed 23.1-mile extension of Metrorail to Dulles International Airport.

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