STERLING, Va. (WUSA) -- Tuesday morning, The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors voted to support the second phase of construction of the Metro Silver Line. The vote was 5-4.
In June, the Loudoun County Board Chairman's office said the board had four 'yes' votes but would need one more to have Loudoun part of the Silver Line project.
The vote means that the county will pay about $270 million for construction of the line to Dulles Airport and beyond.
See the documents from Tuesday's meeting titled "Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project" here (PDF).
Later Tuesday, Metro Board Chair Catherine Hudgins released this statement:
"On behalf of the Metro Board of Directors, I want to congratulate Loudoun County for their historic vote today.
"As the Metro Board moves forward with strategic planning efforts to support the region, we look forward to continuing to work with Loudoun County as an important partner at the table. The Dulles extension of the Metrorail system will support growing transportation demands, putting Loudoun County and Washington Dulles International Airport on the Metro map.
"For more than three decades, we have witnessed the incredible benefits that come from having Metro in our communities -- from serving as a catalyst for economic development and smart growth, to improved mobility and reduced congestion. Today's vote enables the long planned extension of the Metrorail system along the Dulles Corridor, with the companion benefits, to now proceed."