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Posted at 3:30 PM ET, 12/27/2010

Feds speed up Silver Line funding

By Derek Kravitz

The Federal Transit Administration announced Monday it is speeding up its payments for construction of Metrorail's new service to Northern Virginia, in an attempt to reduce costs and provide financial investment in the region.

A $19.8 million grant for the so-called Silver Line, which will extend Metro service 23 miles to Dulles International Airport and Loudoun County once completed in late 2016, is part of a $900 million federal funding commitment for the project. The government is helping pay for the first part of the line, which will take commuters to five stations from Falls Church through Tysons Corner to Reston. Phase 1 is scheduled to be completed in 2013.

Other projects that received more than $182 million in early funds through the U.S. Department of Transportation's New Starts program include an extension of light rail in Dallas; new links to the Long Island Rail Road and New York City subway system; light and commuter rail in Salt Lake City; and a rail line in Seattle.

By Derek Kravitz  | December 27, 2010; 3:30 PM ET
Categories:  Metro, Northern Virginia, Silver Line  
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Comments

23 miles. Man. Since we pay per distance travelled, can you imagine the fare?

Posted by: jckdoors | December 27, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

i hope the fare when its set isnt out of reach for us to travel via metrorail out to the airport

Posted by: JeroRobson1 | December 27, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Currently metro has a max fare so I would expect the fare to be the same, atleast for now...who knows how much more metro will increase fares by the time this things opens. Will probably be double or triple the below prices.

For comparison
(Peak of the peak/regular/reduced):

Glenmont to Shady Grove (19.4 miles)
$5.20/$5.00/$2.75

Glenmont to Vienna (22.8 miles)
$5.20/$5.00/$2.75

Glenmont to Franconia/Springfield (25.49 miles)
$5.20/$5.00/$2.75

Glenmont to Huntington (21.07 miles)
$5.20/$5.00/$2.75

Shady Grove to Franconia Springfield (29.46 miles)
$5.20/$5.00/$2.75


Posted by: UMDTerpsGirl | December 27, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

If it were up to me, I'd use the same max fares but add about a $5 surcharge for the airport stop, reimbursable for airport employees.

Posted by: slar | December 27, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

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