Dulles Metrorail Effects Consultation

The Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project includes extension of MetroRail service from the West Falls Church Metro Station to Dulles Airport and Loudoun County. Initially covered under a 2004 EIS, DCMP’s Section 106 process culminated with a Memorandum of Agreement in 2004. Subsequently, design refinements occurred affecting the location and extent of impacts upon historic resources documented in the MOA.

Gray & Pape provided cultural resources support to the Dulles Rail Consultant team addressing those changes. Our work included reviewing cultural resource project record including:

  • the 2004 FAA Record of Decision
  • 2006 Amended ROD
  • February 2006 Environmental Assessment
  • 2004 Final Environmental Impact Statement and Section 4f report
  • August 2003 Cultural Resources Technical Report Phase Ia
  • April 2004 Identification and Evaluation Report – Historic Architecture
  • August 2010 working draft of the Determination of Effects
  • EIS Technical Reports, the 2004 MOA, current design refinements, and the proposed aerial alignment at the Dulles Terminal

Additional work included:

  • Field visits to capture the context and intensity of DCMP with respect to the historic resources under consideration.
  • Investigating and advising on Phase 2 design refinements for proposed changes in the Dulles Airport approach and station that entailed moving from a tunnel alternative to an aerial alternative.
  • Attending consultation meetings with the SHPO, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and related consulting parties.
  • Assisting with revisions to the Determination of Effects report.
  • Advising on appropriate strategies for consultation.
  • Assuming a lead role in preparing amendments to the 2004 MOA.
  • Advising on mitigation strategies to address adverse effects along the Phase 2 corridor, as well as those associated with the aerial alternative at the Dulles terminal.
  • Providing presentation materials, including text, graphics, and tables to support the MWAA as they advanced and concluded the Section 106 process and executed an amended MOA.