Key Dates in Dulles Rail Effort

Friday, January 25, 2008; 5:22 PM

  • 1964: Federal Aviation Administration master plan for Dulles International Airport recommends future transit line along the airport access road.
  • 1990: The state transportation board adopts program for the Dulles corridor that includes rail service.
  • 1992: The Virginia General Assembly creates a state rail department to help bring rail to Dulles.
  • 1994: Virginia and Metro officials initiate a "major investment study" to evaluate rail options for the Dulles corridor.
  • 1996: The completed study says heavy rail such as Metro would be the best transit option to the airport.
  • 1997: The project team, including state, local and Metro officials, publishes a report rejecting an underground route through Tysons because of cost.
  • 2000: Federal environmental review of rail line begins.
  • 2002: The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and Metro and state officials endorse a mostly aboveground route through Tysons.
  • 2004: Federal Transit Administration (FTA) approves preliminary engineering for the first phase between Falls Church and Reston. Fairfax County begins collecting a tax from commercial landowners in the Herndon area to pay for the rail line. Final environmental review concludes rail would have minor adverse impacts.
  • 2005: FTA publishes new transit starts report to Congress, recommending the Dulles extension.
  • 2005: State imposes toll increases on Dulles Toll Road drivers to help finance the project.
  • March, 2006: The state and Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority sign an agreement transferring the project to the airports authority.

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