Debt Talks Jeopardize Dulles Metrorail Project: Va. Official

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2011  |  Updated 6:10 PM EDT
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Debt Talks Jeopardize Dulles Metrorail Project: Va. Official

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The Fairfax County Board approved a deal to divide the cost of the Dulles Metrorail Project Tuesday, but Board Chair Sharon Bulova warned that the stalled federal debt talks could derail the project, the Washington Examiner reported.

Bulova wrote a letter to Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) arguing the debate is threatening the county's AAA bond rating because of the county economy’s dependence on federal workers and federal spending. Downgrading the county’s credit would threaten all improvement projects, Bulova said.

The county board voted 8-2 Tuesday in favor of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood’s plan to split the $2.8 billion bill for the rail line to Dulles. In addition to 16 percent of the total cost, the plan would have Fairfax pay for an $83 million station and two $50 million parking garages.

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