Silver Line Opening Date Announced

Metro opening five stations next month.

Metro opening five stations next month.
Metro opening five stations next month.

Metro has announced the opening date for the five stations on the Silver Line, bringing trains to MeLean, Tysons Corner and Reston. 

Trains will begin running at noon, Saturday, July 26, with the first train leaving Wiehle-Reston East, bound for Largo Town Center.

There are still remaining to-do items needed before opening day, said General Manager and CEO Richard Sarles in a release. That includes obtaining certificates of occupancy.

The $5.6 billion project for 11.7 miles of track was delayed several times. Metro took over operation of the Silver Line project in May. When completed, Phase 2 will eventually send the Silver Line to Dulles International Airport and parts of Loudoun County.

During rush hours, trains will run every 6 minutes connecting the Metro system to the five new stations: McLean, Tysons Corner, Greensboro, Spring Hill and Wiehle-Reston East.

“The opening of the Silver Line is the culmination of decades of hard work. This opening is a testament to the ingenuity of the entire Washington metropolitan area,” said Fairfax County Supervisor Cathy Hudgins in a statement. “The people of the Hunter Mill District are pleased to hear this good news after decades of waiting for this transit option in our community.”

Empty trains will be running the distance in the week ahead of the starting date to help familiarize employees with the operations and schedule.  

Riders can check fares and travel times, get station information and learn more about the project by visiting silverlinemetro.com.

LJ's 2-cents June 24, 2014 at 10:02 AM


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