Metro General Manager Richard Sarles announced today that the target date for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) to hand control of the Silver Line over to Metro is May 27th, starting the clock on the countdown to the opening of the Silver Line.
This milestone is referred to as the Operational Readiness Date (ORD), and will mark the beginning of Metro’s command of the Silver Line. Under the terms of its contract, Metro will then have up to 90 days to open the Silver Line to the public – but service could start sooner.
In the coming weeks, Metro will run trains on the Silver Line tracks, test signals and traction power, and make sure the escalators and elevators are operating smoothly. Employees will be trained in the new stations, security drills will be conducted, communications systems will be tested, and bus routes will be adjusted to serve the new stations.
Among the many actions needed to prepare for the Silver Line’s opening, new Metro system maps that include the five new Silver Line stations are being posted system-wide. You may have already noticed them going up in railcars and stations.
The exact date for the start of passenger service on the Silver Line will be set by Metro’s Board of Directors once they are confident that the necessary testing, training and certifications will be completed. Stay tuned for the announcement.
A Metro railcar is ready to roll on the new Silver Line tracks outside Wiehle-Reston East station, located in the median of the Dulles Toll Road, just west of Wiehle Avenue in Reston, VA.
Read about the Silver Line, in the news –
Metro To Take Control Of Silver Line Next Week (Washington Post, May 19, 2014)
Metro Expects To Control Silver Line By May 27, Maybe Earlier (Washington Business Journal, May 19, 2014)