Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) has joined the opposition to the proposed $912 million underground Dulles Metrorail station, saying it is too expensive.
â€œThe people of Northern Virginia are paying for it,â€ said Wolf, who called on the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board (MWAA) to reconsider its decision and opt for an above-ground station, which would cost $300 million less.
“This is a bad decision. MWAA had a chance to cut more than $600 million from the project and chose not to. I am disappointed and share the concerns of state and the local partners. Everything possible needs to be done to keep costs down on this project.”
Wolf earlier this year asked the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Transportation to audit the Dulles Metrorail project and the U.S Government Accountability Office to conduct a comprehensive review of MWAAâ€™s operations.
The station is part of the second phase of the 23-mile long Metrorail project, which is now expected to cost $3.5 billion, including the cost of the Dulles Station and extending train service from Reston through Tysons, Dulles and on to eastern Loudoun County.