- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is voting Wednesday morning on where to build the new Metrorail station at the Dulles International Airport.

The board is considering two options: an underground station under the parking bowl and a less expensive above-ground station located farther from the terminal.

A committee vote taken Wednesday backs an underground station, reports WTOP’s Adam Tuss via Twitter.

Pat Nowakowski, executive project director of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail project, says it’s a big decision.

“Certainly it will affect people riding to the airport for a long, long time,” he says.

Metro officials have pointed out you don’t get a second chance to build a Metro station.

They have cited the station at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, which was originally built 1,000 feet away from the airport’s entrance.

That station was not widely used until the new terminal was built.

“It’s a difficult decision,” Mr. Nowakowski says. “They need to balance the convenience and the cost of the alternatives.”

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