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Dulles rail project compromise making headway

Tuesday - 7/19/2011, 2:20pm  ET

Hank Silverberg,

WASHINGTON - The compromise being proposed to lower the cost of the second phase of the Dulles rail project is making some headway.

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has voted to accept the plan with some conditions. Key among them is that the Washington Metropolitan Airports Authority agree to move the station at Dulles above ground and donate land for a parking garage that Loudoun would have to build at the Route 606 station.

MWAA is scheduled to take up the "over or under" station issue again later this week.

Fairfax County has delayed any support for the compromise until MWAA takes action.

The price tag for the Metro expansion has a direct impact on tolls on the Dulles Toll road which are being used to partially finance the rail construction. The price tag right now is more than $3.5 billion dollars.

Federal Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood has brokered a plan that could cut nearly one billion dollars off the cost.

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