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Expansion work begins at Virginia Metrorail station


Officials in Arlington County, Va., recently broke ground on a $32.6 million expansion project at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) Rosslyn Station, the state’s busiest Metrorail station.

Scheduled to be complete by spring 2013, the project includes adding a new entrance, high-speed elevators, kiosk fare-collection equipment and fare vending machines, as well as completing various safety improvements. Once the project is finished, the station will be able to accommodate about 2,000 more passengers per hour, according to a press release.

The project is being funded through federal, state and local sources, including developer contributions and the county’s commercial real estate tax, which was created two years ago to help fund transportation projects.

Project partners include the Arlington County Department of Environmental Services, JBG Companies, WMATA, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation and the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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