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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.

Local elected officials in Northern Virginia want the Airports Authority to choose an above-ground station at Dulles. It would be twice as far from the terminal, but would save more than $300 million.

They say the underground station could cause cost overruns on the project, which could lead to higher tolls and, potentially, higher taxes.

But despite the political pressure, the Airports Authority is standing its ground. It shows no signs of reversing its decision, and at its board meeting Wednesday morning, the matter didn't even come up.

The Airports board says it's scheduling a meeting with the elected officials to work out their differences.

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