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Board of Trade Celebrates Full Federal Funding of Dulles Rail

March 10, 2009

Today transportation officials formalized their commitment to provide $900 million to fund the Metrorail extension through Tysons Corner to Dulles Airport.

“The Dulles rail project will decrease congestion and boost economic development in Greater Washington,” said John Kane, chairman of the Greater Washington Board of Trade and president and CEO of Office Movers, Inc. “This Metrorail extension will not only provide a transportation alternative for Greater Washington, it will also serve as a critically-needed economic stimulus package for the region.”

The Dulles rail is a 23-mile line that will link the District of Columbia, Maryland and Northern Virginia to Tysons Corner, Reston and Washington Dulles International Airport by extending service from the existing Orange Line at the East Falls Church station. This project is a key component for the economic development and transportation needs of the Greater Washington region and is a top priority of the Greater Washington Board of Trade and the entire business community.

“The Greater Washington Board of Trade applauds the federal government for completing its commitment to this critical project,” said Jim Dinegar, president and CEO of the Greater Washington Board of Trade. “We pushed to get the Dulles rail project back on track and look forward to collaborating with transportation officials to ensure the project is completed on time and on budget.”

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Greater Washington Board of Trade

The Greater Washington Board of Trade is the Greater Washington region’s premier business network and the only local business association representing all industry sectors. Founded in 1889, the Board of Trade enjoys a long history of helping its members’ businesses grow by providing content-rich programs, connecting business leaders and marketing Greater Washington’s economic opportunities. As Greater Washington’s regional business organization, the Board of Trade addresses business concerns that stretch across geographic boundaries, such as transportation, emergency preparedness, green as a competitive advantage and workforce issues. To learn more about the Greater Washington Board of Trade and its commitment to improving the region’s business community, visit www.boardoftrade.org.