Comments Sought on Metro Extension

From today's Metro section:

A public hearing will be held next month to get comment on design changes for the first half of the planned Metrorail extension through Tysons Corner to Dulles International Airport. Project managers released a report on the effect of the changes.

The hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. March 28 at Kilmer Middle School, 8100 Wolftrap Rd., Vienna. Comments may also be submitted to .

Those changes include shortening the underground portion of the line in Tysons Corner, which would enable the Tysons station to be at ground level instead of below ground as initially planned.

The changes are geared partly toward reducing the cost of the first phase of the 23-mile extension of the Orange Line, estimated at $1.84 billion.

Construction on the first phase to extend the line to Wiehle Avenue in Reston, is scheduled to begin late this year.

The first phase is to be finished by 2011; the second, past Dulles and into Loudoun County, by 2016.

The environmental impact statement on the changes is on the project's Web site, .

By  |  February 28, 2006; 11:37 AM ET  | Category:  Community Events , Transportation
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