As some of you may know, back in March this year Loudoun County threatened to withdraw funding for Phase II of the Silver Line metro rail project unless the new Dulles Airport station was built above ground. The difference in price between the above and below ground station was estimated at several hundred millions(some may remember the above/under argument from the Tyson’s Corner part of the rail.)
On April 6th, WMATA voted to build the station underground – at an estimated additional price tag of $330 million. As a result, the opening of phase two would be pushed back to mid 2017. Total cost for phase II is estimated at $3.5 billion (up from an earlier estimate of 2.5 billion.)
While Phase I was partially funded by the Federal Government, Phase II is to be fully funded by state and local governments. Some income will come from the Dulles Tollroad where tolls are expected to rise sharply. Fairfax County and Loudoun County are not excited about the higher tolls and their expected higher total contribution.
Loudoun County is currently researching the implications of pulling out of the project and is expected to take a decision in the near future. Others are joining the fight, so the final word has likely not been said on the design and extent of Phase II.