Chairman Bulova Says MWAA Must Cover Expected Cost Increase For Dulles Station
April 6, 2011 – Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova today expressed concern over the 9-4 vote by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority board in support of the tunnel alignment for the Dulles Airport Metro station. This alignment could raise the cost of the project by over $300 million and delay the completion by six months, Bulova said.
“If the underground alignment endorsed by MWAA today results in an increase in the cost of Phase II, then MWAA should be responsible for funding the difference in a way that does not increase the burden on Fairfax County residents or on Dulles Toll Road users,” Chairman Bulova said.
“MWAA’s own estimates show a $330 million difference between the cost of the aerial station and the underground station. The difference for rail users traveling to the airport would be a 250 foot walk without a moving sidewalk. Additionally, a large portion of the riders expected to use the Metro station are employees of businesses adjacent to the North Garage, meaning an underground alignment is less convenient for the majority of rail users,” Chairman Bulova said.
Chairman Bulova joins her counterpart in Loudoun County as well as Virginia Transportation Secretary Sean Connaughton in voicing opposition to an increase in costs of Phase II based on station alignment. Chairman Bulova sent a letter in February to MWAA Chairman Charles Snelling expressing her concerns.