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The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority has decided to place a Metro station at Dulles Airport above ground, rather than below.
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The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority has decided to place a Metro station at Dulles Airport above ground, rather than below.

The politicians don't like the Authority's decision to locate a Metro station at Dulles Airport underground. It will be convenient and close to the terminal, but it will also cost $300 million more than an above ground alternative.

"Well, I'm very disappointed that they chose the more expensive option," says Scott York, chairman of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.

York says he's drafting a letter asking the Airports Authority to incur the extra $300 million itself instead of putting it on localities.

"And I feel that at the end of the day if this is the option they want to choose, then they ought to go ahead as an organization," he says. "The [Airports Authority] board needs to pay for it."

Virginia's Secretary of Transportation, Sean Connaughton, and Northern Virginia Rep. Frank Wolf are also criticizing the Authority's decision.

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