- The Washington Times - Friday, March 8, 2002

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Expanding subway service in Northern Virginia to Tysons Corner and Washington Dulles International Airport could cost as much as $3.3 billion, Metro board members were told yesterday.
Board members heard an update on the project to extend the Orange Line west along the Dulles Toll Road into Loudoun County.
The project is a long-needed expansion of regional mass transit, said Metro Board member Katherine Hanley, chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. She noted the importance of connecting the rest of the region to the growing business district in Tysons and the high-tech corridor in Reston and Herndon between Tysons and Dulles.
The route would be phased in over the next eight years. In 2005, Metro wants to start service with a "rapid-transit" bus called BRT that would run above ground in a dedicated lane and operate as part of Metrorail, rather than Metrobus. Then in 2010, the route would be switched over to rail.
The board must still decide big issues, including how many stations to build between Falls Church and Route 772, and small matters such as whether to use the bus or rail fare system for the BRT, which would be the only one of its kind in the Metro system.
Despite the state budget shortfall in Virginia, Mrs. Hanley said she thought the money could be found.


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