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A rendering of what one of the future Silver Line metro stations would appear like.

Despite meeting funding, ridership, and other requirements the Federal Transit Administration still might not fund the Silver Line extension to Wiehle Avenue. Here’s what the Washington Post says:

Officials with the Federal Transit Administration say they are concerned about the price tag and the specter of another Big Dig, the Boston project built by the same contractor in charge of the Dulles rail line, which took years longer and cost millions more than planned, according to the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the negotiations are sensitive. In addition, the agency has been reluctant to promote large-scale transit projects.

The feds would be responsible for funding $900 million of the project, which is less that one fifth of the $5 billion price tag. Without the federal funding the project would be impossible.

While Metrorail to Dulles Airport is still possible, plans would need to be redrawn for Tysons Corner. Instead of having four stations in the heart of Tysons, the rail line would remain in Dulles Toll Road right of way, with a bus or light rail system making Tysons more pedestrian/transit friendly.

The FTA’s chief James S. Simpson was scheduled to meet with the head of the Metropolitan Airports Authority, owners of Dulles and National airport and the agency behind Silver Line construction. The meeting was canceled, and Virginia congressman are seeking a new meeting with Simpson to discus what exactly they view as wrong with the project.

The uncertainty of the project surprises many, since the project has met all requirements the FTA set. Meeting the requirements was not easy, nearly $300 million in features was slashed from the project.

A final decision on the projects fate will probably be made in February.

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A map provided by the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project shows where work will occur.

After several anouncments stating work would start any week now, the Dulles Corridor Metrorail project has informed us that work has indeed begun.

Utility work has started with Washington Gas Company working in the service road south of Leesburg Pike in front of Business Bank (east of Gosnell Road) and moving east towards Route 123.

Short sections of one lane of the service road will be closed as work requires and traffic will be eastbound only in that section. The work lane will reopen after construction is completed. Access to all businesses will be maintained.

In addition sidewalks will be added, Route 7 will be widened to 4 lanes for turning (we loose the service road), and pedestrian bridges will be added across Route 7 and Route 123.