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Silver Line This Summer: Deal Keeps Timeline Moving

Metro agrees to accept line while final work is completed.

Silver Line This Summer: Deal Keeps Timeline Moving
Silver Line This Summer: Deal Keeps Timeline Moving
The slow progress toward the first passenger trips on Metro's new Silver Line got a big push forward Thursday with the announcement that Phase 1 has been declared "substantially" complete.

Phase 1 is the first 11.7 miles of a new 23-mile Metro route. Phase 1 will open with five stations serving McLean, Tysons Corner and Reston, with Phase 2 heading through Herndon to Dulles International Airport and Loudoun County.

Remaining work includes train and track communications systems, power equipment, tunnel handrails and cables, elevator, and leak and drainage issues, according to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which is overseeing the project.

Without the new agreement announced Thursday, the Airport Authority would have had to complete the remaining work before handing the line over to Metro. But Metro General Manager and CEO Richard Sarles noted in a statement that would have further delayed opening to passengers.

"We expect that the Airports Authority will complete the remaining items in a timely fashion, thereby allowing us to open the line this summer," Sarles said.

The Washington Post notes the agreement comes after seven months of delays and cost overruns on the $5.6 billion project.

Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-11) hailed the news that the project was moving forward.

“The opening of the 11.9 miles of the Silver Line from East Falls Church through Tysons to Reston should have an immediate impact on some of the traffic congestion in the Dulles corridor,” Connolly said.  “And, there is no doubt that it will have a substantial impact on our region’s economy and quality of life.”

Tammi Petrine April 25, 2014 at 11:55 AM
Michael is 100% on target. To add to his comments, no where does any 'authority' state who pays? MWAA? No way. They are masters of passing the buck right down the line to the DTR toll payers. That's US FOLKS!!! WE are the fatted calf being sacrificed in this dangerous shill game. No reliable switches/'RTU's' are available??? Wonder what other subway/metro systems use??? How is it that WMATA and the counties involved are not on top of this discrepancy/inconsistency??? The press has reported this but NO ONE seems to find this odd? A 5.6 BILLION project without integral parts??? Shame abounds for MWAA, Bechtel, WMATA, Connolly, Wolff, Plum and Fairfax/Loudoun officials. Please Governor McAuliffe, take control of this huge project from MWAA and assign a rational, ethical, competent entity to manage the Silver Line to completion. DTR users as well as Metro users deserve better.
MichaelJ April 25, 2014 at 12:00 PM
On a sidenote, it appears that Reston Patch has quickly lost its luster. Without a dedicated reporter, it is stocked with regional articles and press-release rip-offs with the occasional "Reston" thrown in--not to include the obvious pandering such as "should Reston legalize pot."
Vincent Careatti April 25, 2014 at 02:59 PM
Remaining work includes train and track communications systems, power equipment, tunnel handrails and cables, elevator, and leak and drainage issues, according to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which is overseeing the project. How in the hell can you accept a system when the main components of the system aren't in place? Yes you can accept a system when minor touch up painting and sweeping are required but not when the above IMPORTANT ISSUES ARE OUTSTANDING
restonlife April 25, 2014 at 05:19 PM
Go on over to www.restonnow.com. Former Patch editor Karen Goff founded her own site and that's where the local news is now.
restonlife April 25, 2014 at 05:20 PM
and there also is a good piece that just went up about what substantial completion really means and the long list of things that still need to be done before Silver line can open.

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