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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 Dulles Corridor Committee of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board meets today with the full board to provide an update on the budget for the Dulles rail project.

The committee is seeking ways to reduce costs associated with building the rail project, known as the Silver line, phase II of which is expected to cost $3.5 billion.

Officials want to bring that number down to around $2.5 billion, and members of the corridor committee have been meeting with U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to discuss the budget for the project.

Last month, the board reversed course and voted to build an above ground Metro station at Dulles airport rather than an underground station, which would have been more expensive.

U.S Transportation secretary Ray LaHood supports the less costly above ground plan, and helped negotiate the deal.

Negotiations about specific of the Dulles rail project and who's paying for what will be discussed in today's meeting.

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