The U.S. Department of Transportation this week signed off on an agreement to provide its share of full funding - $900 million - for the $5.2 billion Dulles Metrorail extension project, which will be financed with $2 billion of bonds beginning this spring.

"One of my top transportation priorities has been to see Dulles Rail become a reality," Virginia Gov. Timothy Kaine said in a statement. "The signing of the $900 million full funding grant agreement for phase one of the project is an accomplishment that has taken more than 10 years to achieve and I am proud to have this honor."

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