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Dulles Metro extension to get $96 million federal infusion

The Metrorail extension to Dulles International Airport| and beyond is slated to receive $96 million in the next fiscal year in the federal budget proposal sent to Congress this week.

The money is part of the federal "New Starts" program for transit projects across the country and highlighted by the Federal Transit Administration| on Tuesday. The Silver Line sum is part of the $900 million commitment to the 23-mile rail line the federal government made in 2008.

The Silver Line is one of 27 transit projects included in the FTA's $1.8 billion request, including $834.6 million for 19 new bus and rail construction projects. The first 11.7 miles of the Dulles line, which will stop at Wiehle Avenue in Reston, are expected to open in 2013, with the rest of the line opening in 2016.

-- Lisa Rein

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 2, 2010; 6:33 PM ET
Categories:  Airports , Commuting , Construction , Dulles , Metro , Silver Line , transit  
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