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Posted at 2:41 PM ET, 09/15/2010

Metro Dulles extension to cost $3.83 billion

By Washington Post editors


Phase 2 of the Metro extension to Dulles International Airport and into Loudoun County will cost $3.83 billion, according to a preliminary estimate from the regional airports authority, which is managing construction of the extension.

Phase 1 of the project, from the East Falls Church Metro station through Tysons Corner to Wiehle Avenue in Reston, which is under construction, has a price tag of $2.76 billion, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority said.

Phase 2 includes six stations, one at Dulles airport, and stations near Reston Parkway, the Herndon-Monroe area, Route 28, Route 606 and Route 772.

The airports authority is finalizing preliminary engineering on Phase 2 and earlier this week held two public meetings to discuss plans for the project. Phase 1 of the rail extension, commonly referred to as the Silver Line, is scheduled to open in 2013, with Phase 2 opening three years later.

Airports officials said the $3.83 billion estimate for Phase 2 includes the cost of building a two-mile tunnel and underground station at Dulles airport. Consultants have been evaluating a secondary location for the station, between Daily Parking Garage No. 1 and Saarinen Circle, that officials have said would save millions of dollars. In a document released Wednesday, the authority said an alternate location could save $640 million over the underground plan.

-- Michael Bolden

By Washington Post editors  | September 15, 2010; 2:41 PM ET
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Posted by: 10bestfan | September 15, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

For perspective, let me point out that a month in Afghanistan is currently costing us about $6 billion, and quite a lot of blood besides. But who's counting?

Posted by: kstack | September 18, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

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