USA: A US$900m full funding grant agreement for Washington’s Dulles Metrorail extension was signed by US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on March 9, clearing the way for work to start.

The FFGA covers Phase 1 of the $5·2bn, 37 km project from East Falls Church to Wiehle Avenue in Reston, scheduled for completion by 2013. This will be followed two years later by the segment to Dulles and Ashburn.