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Dulles Airport gears up to welcome millionth passenger-by-rail

Milestone is set to be reached within a year of station's opening

No word yet on what the lucky duck gets in terms of gifts (if any), but the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is getting ready to welcome the one-millionth passenger who arrived at Washington Dulles International Airport by way of the airport station on the Silver Line.

“We’re going to celebrate – we’re trying to figure out the exact day,” authority president/CEO Jack Potter said. He pegged early October as when the threshold will be surpassed.

“If you need a millionth . . . just call me and I’ll ride over real quick,” chuckled authority board member Kate Hanley, a Virginia appointee to the body.

The Washington Dulles station was one of six that opened last November, extending the Silver Line from Reston west to Ashburn and wrapping up a 23-mile extension project that began in 2009.