Official: Silver Line to exceed its budget

A Metro train departs from the Foggy Bottom Metro station. Hatchet File Photo

Correction appended

The first phase of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail project will likely come in overbudget, a rail administrator told the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority today.

Pat Nowakowski, executive director of the Dulles Metrorail Project, said phase one of the project will exceed its $2.8 billion budget, WTOP reported. The Fairfax County Office of Financial and Program Audit found in October that the rail project was already six months behind schedule.

Unforeseen safety changes are the reason behind the shortfall, but Nowakowski said it is unknown if the first phase will need the extra $150 million he requested. Any leftover funds, he said, will go toward and emergency fund for later phases.

The two-phase plan will construct the 23-mile Silver Line, an extension of the existing Metro system to Dulles International Airport and Tyson’s Corner in Virginia. The first phase includes building an off-shoot of the Orange Line at East Falls Church to the Wiehle Avenue Station in Reston, Va., while the second portion will add a line reaching Loudon County, Va. and Dulles International Airport.

Phase one is expected to be operational by the end of 2013.

This post was updated April 19, 2012 to reflect the following:
Due to an editing error, The Hatchet incorrectly identified Pat Nowakowski as “she.” Nowakowski is male.

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