The Virginia Department of Transportation turned over control of the Dulles Toll Road to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority on Monday, moving forward on a $5.2 billion Metrorail extension to Dulles International Airport and $2 billion of tax-exempt bonds that will finance it.

The transfer of the road, a 14-mile, eight-lane highway connecting the airport in the west to Interstate 495 and Interstate 66 in the east, marks progress on the project, which has faced many challenges since it was announced in 2006. It relies on nearly $1 billion from the Federal Transit Administration, which has been critical of the project.

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