Commuter digest: Arlington streetcar’s cost rises $100 million

May 17
Virginia
Arlington streetcar’s cost rises further

The cost of the Columbia Pike streetcar has risen to $358 million, Arlington County officials said, up more than $100 million from their previous estimate and $48 million above what federal transportation officials projected last year.

Controversy over the project has fueled electoral unrest in Arlington, where voters last month elected a non-Democrat to the County Board for the first time in 15 years.

The proposed streetcar would run 4.5 miles from the Skyline area of Fairfax County along Columbia Pike to the Pentagon City Metro station, then skip over to the Crystal City Metro station, where officials hope to connect it with another streetcar line running down Route 1.

Dennis Leach, deputy director of transportation and environmental services, told the County Board that the Columbia Pike streetcar is essential to the county’s long-term competitiveness and economic development.

— Patricia Sullivan

the Region
Frontier Airlines sets new Dulles service

Frontier Airlines announced Tuesday that it will begin nonstop service to 14 new destinations, including Chicago, Las Vegas and Tampa, from Dulles International Airport. The expansion boosts Dulles, where the number of domestic flights has fallen in the past few years.

Direct service to Atlanta, Charlotte, Orlando, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Chicago and Tampa will begin in August. Service to Cincinnati, Detroit, Las Vegas, Memphis, St. Louis and the Florida destinations of Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers and St. Augustine/Jacksonville will begin in September.

— Lori Aratani

$1.14 billion

Metro’s capital improvement budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The money will pay for a variety of projects, including the purchase of new rail cars and buses and the redesigning of some of the transit system’s most crowded subway stations.

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