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Virginia to Boost Funding for Columbia Pike Streetcar Project



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    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.

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    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.

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