Dulles Metrorail - Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find answers to many common questions asked about this project. If you do not find your question below, feel free to contact us.


  1. When will construction begin? When will the Metro open?
  2. Who is the Project Team?
  3. What are the current funding commitments to the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project?
  4. Will Dulles Metrorail solve the area's traffic problems?
  5. Will local businesses be forced to move or close?
  6. What specific residential or commercial properties will be needed to be taken along the entire project path?
  7. Where are the stations located?

 

Q: When will construction begin? When will the Metro open?

A: Construction on the first phase of the Metrorail began in March 2009. Phase 1 will branch off the Orange Line between the East Falls Church Station and West Falls Church Stations goes through Tysons Corner (4 stops) to Wiehle Avenue (1 stop) in Reston. It is scheduled to be completed in early 2014.

Phase 2 will extend the Metrorail from Reston and Herndon to Dulles International Airport and into eastern Loudoun County. Heavy construction will begin in Spring 2014, and is anticipated to be completed in 2018.

Q. Who is the Project Team?

A. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) is managing construction of the rail project.

The design-build contractor for Phase 1 is the Dulles Transit Partners, and Phase 2 is the Capitol Rail Constructors.

Q: What are the current funding commitments to the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project?

A: The current funding commitment to phase to is as follows:

funding chart

(1) May 2013 project cost estimates with Package A savings and cost of Route 28 Station allocated among partners. Phase 2 Parking Garages are to be funded directly by the Counties.
(2) Does not include $150 million of Commonwealth funds that will be used to pay interest on Dulles Toll Road revenue bonds.
(3) Totals may not add up due to rounding.

Q. Will Dulles Metrorail solve the area's traffic problems?

A. There is no single solution to the area's traffic problems. But Dulles Metrorail is a central part of an integrated solution that maximizes our investments in Metro, buses, carpools, HOT lanes, road improvements and teleworking.

Q. Will local businesses be forced to move or close?

A. Two business in Tysons Corner are relocating with substantial help from the Dulles Metrorail Project. They are Merchant's Tire and Business Bank. The project team is working closely with these businesses.

The Dulles Metrorail will have a positive impact for businesses and their customers in the corridor. The rail stations will encourage more focused development, attract top-rate employers and the jobs that come with them, and connect customers to area businesses.

Q. What specific residential or commercial properties will be needed to be taken along the entire project path?

A. No residential properties will be displaced. Merchants Tire on Route 7 and the Business Bank will relocate.

Q. Where are the stations located?

A. Dulles Metrorail will bring 11 new Metrorail stations, including stations in Tysons Corner, Reston, Herndon, Dulles International Airport and Eastern Loudoun County. Click here for details on the stations.