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Dulles Rail Cost Estimate: $2.7 Billion

The release of the preliminary engineering kicks off the 90 period during which Loudoun must decide to commit or withdraw from the project.

Today the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority released the preliminary engineering cost estimate to Fairfax and Loudoun County officials for Phase 2 of the Dulles Rail Project to complete the planned 11.4 miles of rail to Dulles International Airport and Ashburn.

“A year ago, the projected cost for Phase 2 of the Dulles Rail Project was $3.8 billion. Today, we have confirmed a project cost of $2.7 billion as a result of the elimination of the underground station at Dulles Airport, value engineering savings and the counties’ agreement to build the parking garages and the Route 28 Metrorail Station,” stated Jack Potter, President and CEO of MWAA in a statement. “With this release, the 90 day review period for Fairfax and Loudoun Counties begins. We look forward to the outcome of their deliberations as another important step toward moving forward on construction.”

The Airports Authority will begin the procurement process for the design and construction of phase 2 upon Fairfax and Loudoun counties’ confirmation of their commitment to the project. The 90 day period begins March 7 ends June 4.

Click here to view the Preliminary Engineering Cost Report.

Bob Bruhns March 07, 2012 at 03:34 AM
Sorry, but pushing these costs of Dulles Rail Phase II onto Fairfax and Loudoun Counties is a false saving. It gets the numbers off of MWAA's books, and hands them to the counties. The People still pay. Deals with developers for them to build "at no cost" clearly have to involve some kind of payback - possibly they keep the parking fees, possibly they get some cut from the station business, but it comes out of money that would otherwise have gone back to the People in the form of lower tolls, lower taxes, etc. And MWAA and our leaders and our media do not happen to mention that the cost of Dulles Rail Phase II is nearly two times what it should be. Obviously,it would be much easier to PAY for Dulles Rail Phase II, if its price was not almost twice what it should be - but apparently this simple concept eludes them. It is time for people to wake up. This "deal" is a ripoff that will cost this region dearly for generations!
Marcus Aurelius March 08, 2012 at 02:47 AM
NOT A RIPOFF! Will our new Board of Supervisors opt out of the rail system extension into Loudoun? What a foolish act that would be! Loudoun County's future economic development is linked to this mass transit project. Will these supposedly business friendly board members withdraw Loudoun funding just so they can look like prudent investors of the county's funds? I hope I am wrong....
Dan M March 08, 2012 at 03:00 AM
The politicians love to complain about high prices, but they're the ones adding to the costs. Each delay in a decision increases the costs. Materials, labor, fuel, & equipment all go up in cost each day. The longer the delay, the more the cost increases. Is it any wonder why phase 2 costs more? Because it's being built later. If it were funded and contracted for at the same time, it would have cost significantly less. The Governor, legislature, and Supervisors need to stand up and make a decision. Further delay will only cost each and every one of us more.
David A. LaRock March 09, 2012 at 07:34 PM
This Metro to Loudoun is nothing like an investment at all. It is a money black hole. The countys future sucess will be achieved thriugh sound decision making, not ill-conceived schemes like bringing Metro into a county that really needs low taxes, good roads and good schools.
Bob Bruhns March 09, 2012 at 11:32 PM
You know, back in 2003, there was a similar artificial emergency that supposedly meant that if Herndon did not agree to being part of the Dulles Rail Phase I tax district, well gee, the whole rail plan would collapse! Yeah, right. It meant that Herndon didn't pay for Rail to Tysons. And when a few political hacks realized that Herndon wasn't going to fall for their little trick, suddenly they found other ways to make Phase I happen. And now, guess what? Another artificial emergency! "Ohhh, this has to be approved IMMEDIATELY, or ohhhhh, it's going to cost MORE!" Yeah, right. Approving a plan that costs two times what it should, is fiscal irresponsibility. Look what happens when counties are fiscally irresponsible. Long Island's Nassau and Suffolk Counties are failing! Shall Fairfax County and Loudoun County be next? Google search on 'Suffolk County declares fiscal emergency': http://www.google.com/#sclient=psy-ab&hl=en&site=&source=hp&q=Suffolk+county+declares+fiscal+emergency&oq=Suffolk+county+declares+fiscal+emergency&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&gs_sm=3&gs_upl=3891l11657l0l12016l42l34l1l6l6l0l204l5000l0.31.3l41l0&gs_l=hp.3...3891l11657l0l12016l42l34l1l6l6l0l204l5000l0j31j3l41l0&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&fp=9daed1487b3acbca&biw=1280&bih=823

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