- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 7, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) The long-anticipated extension of Metrorail to Dulles International Airport is another step closer to reality.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters announced Wednesday that the Bush administration has given its final approval for phase one of the $5.2 billion project. The project now goes before Congress for its 60-day review.

Wednesday’s decision was expected after the Federal Transit Administration gave its approval last month. That came nearly a year after regulators threatened to pull federal funding because of concerns about cost overruns and other problems.

The Metrorail extension, known as the silver line, will be built in two phases. The first will run from Falls Church through Tysons Corner to Reston. The second phase will run from Reston to Dulles and Loudoun County.

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