Va. Official Seeks Study of Planned Metro Tunnel

Sanchez, Humberto
May 2006
Bond Buyer;5/19/2006, Vol. 356 Issue 32385, p4
Trade Publication
The article reports that Virginia Department of Transportation Secretary, Pierce Homer called for the formation of an independent panel to help determine whether to include a controversial tunnel in the Tysons Corner portion of a proposed Metro subway extension. The panel which will be selected and led by the American Society of Civil Engineers which will spend 60 days considering the cost, schedule and other project implications of the tunneling option. Virginia officials have had to reconsider inclusion of the tunnel in the 23-mile, $4 billion project after recent cost estimates for the 11-mile first phase the subway extension surged to $2 billion, an increase of $200 million over the previous estimate. This move may threaten to raise the cost of the project beyond federal funding guidelines.


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