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    More costs, delays for Metro’s Silver Line to Loudoun

    Ongoing construction of the Silver Line is facing additional expenses and delays, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority announced Monday.

    It will now be at least 2019 before passengers can take Metro to Washington Dulles International Airport. The construction was originally expected to be complete in 2018, but design changes combined with weather and construction delays caused the schedule to slide by 13 months, according to MWAA.

    Many of the design changes are to parallel changes made in the latter stages of the project’s first phase, Charles Stark, the executive director of the rail project, said in a released statement.

    The first phase of the rail line, which began serving passengers in Tysons Corner and Reston in July 2014, opened months behind its original schedule and faced cost overruns.

    MWAA also announced Monday that it has completed the global settlement with the construction contractor for the first phase, Dulles Transit Partners. The settlement added another $76 million to the $2.9 billion project, a nearly 3 percent increase.

    The additional costs will not affect toll rates on the Dulles Toll Road, according to MWAA. The authority will also face additional costs related to the design modifications for Phase 2.

    “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,” MWAA President and CEO Jack Potter said in a released statement, “With our project partners, we are committed to limiting future design changes.”

    The budget for Phase 2 is about $2.8 billion.


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