As state budget negotiators continued to work on a spending plan Tuesday, the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce voiced hope that it would include $300 million for the Metro-to-Dulles rail project.

Frank Jenkins, tunnel task manager, (third from right) discusses the technique used to construct the tunnel under the Tysons corner area in September. (Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post)

“Rail to Dulles continues to be a top priority of the Fairfax Chamber and the Northern Virginia business community and we’re happy to see this critical project one step closer to completion,” he said.

The House budget passed during the regular General Assembly session did not include money for the project, however.

House and Senate budget negotiators, who have been meeting in Richmond to try to strike a compromise between their competing, two-year, $85 billion spending plans, expect transportation to be a major sticking point.