Changes to Dulles Rail Plan Along Routes 7, 123 To Be Discussed Dec. 8

State transportation officials will hold a public information meeting Dec. 8 in McLean to present proposed design refinements for the first phase of the planned extension of Metro to Dulles International Airport.

The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation will host the session from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Spring Hill Elementary School. Officials said in a news release that the purpose of the meeting is to present information related to design changes made to the project along Route 7 and Route 123 in Tysons Corner.

The changes were part of the cost reduction process that led to the $1.8 billion preliminary engineering cost estimate that was submitted to the Federal Transit Administration in mid-August, according to the news release.

Officials will also update the public on the status of a supplemental environmental review now being conducted to assess the potential impacts of the design refinements.

Project leaders will be on hand to discuss issues related to the proposed stations in the Tysons Corner area: Tysons East, Tysons Central 123, Tysons Central 7 and Tysons West. Changes to the alignment along Route 7 and to the tunnel at the intersection of Routes 7 and 123 also will be presented.
A formal presentation on the project will begin at 7 p.m. Spring Hill Elementary is at 8201 Lewinsville Rd.

The Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project is a 23-mile Metro line branching off the Orange Line after the East Falls Church Metrorail Station. The project is being built in two phases. Phase 1 has five stations, four in Tysons Corner and one at Wiehle Avenue on the eastern edge of Reston. Phase 2 has six stations, including Dulles Airport and ending at Route 772 in eastern Loudoun County.

By Steve Fehr |  November 14, 2005; 3:53 PM ET  | Category:  Transportation
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