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Gray Will Talk To Airports Board About Rail Vote

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WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray says he will speak to members of the board overseeing the region’s two major airports about their vote to build an underground Metrorail station at Dulles International Airport.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has asked the board to reconsider its 9-4 vote last month. The underground station would cost about $300 million more than an aboveground station. Gray says he recently spoke to McDonnell by phone and will talk to the D.C. representatives of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

But the mayor is leaving little doubt that he supports the underground station. He says board members have made “a very strong case” for it.

Gray adds that he hasn’t evaluated the possibility that the district and Maryland would help pay for the project.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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