Virginia to Boost Funding for Columbia Pike Streetcar Project

Saturday, Jul 12, 2014  |  Updated 7:14 AM EDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Top News Photos of the Week

Shutterstock

File photo, San Franciso

Photos and Videos
More Photos and Videos

A plan to run a streetcar between Fairfax and Arlington counties has received a boost after state officials announced they will increase funding for the project by up to $65 million.

Plans for the $333 million project have been questioned in Arlington as cost estimates have risen and critics have derided the streetcar as too expensive.

Most of the proposed five-mile line would run in Arlington, connecting Pentagon City to the Skyline section of Fairfax County.

On Friday, Virginia Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne notified the counties that the state will boost its contribution by up to $65 million, meaning the state will pay for nearly half of the project.

The funding also accelerates the planned timetable by a year, and the compressed scheduled shaves $25 million off the project costs.

Follow NBCWashington for the latest anywhere, anytime: iPhone/iPad App | Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram | RSS | Text Alerts | Email Alerts

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
NBC4's Camp4Kids
NBC4 launched Camp4Kids in 1993,... Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out