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State, local officials protest Dulles Metro plan

Saturday - 4/16/2011, 11:52am  ET

CHANTILLY, Va. (AP) - State and local officials are asking the board that oversees Washington Dulles International Airport to reverse course and build a Metrorail station aboveground at the airport to save money.

But the airports authority board says it plans to move ahead, rather than reopen the issue. The board voted 9-4 this month to build the station underground, rather than on an elevated track. The board said the benefits of traveler convenience and airport views outweigh the costs.

Loudoun County lawmakers plan to hold a news conference Monday calling for a reversal. Fairfax County and state officials also have objected. They say an underground station will cost $330 million more than an aboveground station.

The airport board has said it can cut costs in other areas to keep overall costs down.
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Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com

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