Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority board to discuss Dulles Metro funding plan

      The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is expected to give an update today{}on the controversial Dulles Metrorail project.

      During an 8:30 a.m. meeting Wednesday, the board will discuss more cost-effective ways to extend Metro to Dulles International Airport.

      Last month, the board approved a less expensive "above-ground" station. The move - along with other changes - could save about one billion dollars, and came{}after a firestorm of criticism from local and state leaders in Virginia, as well as Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood, who argued that an underground station was too expensive.

      Currently, the estimated cost for the above-ground station sits around 3.5 billion dollars, and officials want to trim it down to 2.5 billion.