Dulles International Airport’s rail link to be delayed 13 months for redesign

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USA: Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) announced April 27th that the second phase of the Metro’s Silver Line will be delayed by 13 months.

The project will connect Dulles International Airport to the rest of the rail network. But will remain road-only access until late 2019 or even 2020 rather than their former target of 2018.

There will be over 150 design modifications to Phase 2 of the Silver Line, which will include several stops in Loudoun County—an extension of the original Reston to Ashburn track.

MWAA also said that Phase 1 needs another $76 million worth of finishing touches, adding 2.6 percent to its $2.9 billion cost, though the additional figure is still within its federally approved budget of $2.9 billion. Phase 2, which will run 11.5 miles (18.5 km), is expected to cost $2.7 billion.

Airports Authority CEO, Jack Potter, said: “The added costs arising from Phase 2 design modifications will remain within the Phase 2 contingency budget of $550 million and will have no effect on the toll rates on the Dulles Toll Road.”