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7/23/2004



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Federal funds to help pay for preliminary engineering on Virginia corridor


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The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation has moved another step closer to beginning final design on the Dulles Corridor Rail Project. Yesterday, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awarded a $58.9 million grant to the department to help fund preliminary engineering.

The project includes extending a Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) line 11.6 miles from the existing West Falls Church station to Wiehle Avenue in Reston, Va., and building five stations. During its first year of operation, the extension is expected to carry 62,900 weekday passengers.

WMATA will serve as the project’s technical manager to ensure the design is compatible with the existing Metrorail system.

Last month, FTA approved the department’s request to proceed with preliminary engineering, the second phase of a three-part process that involves refining project design, scope and cost before construction begins.


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