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Get Ready to Ride the Silver Line

July 14, 2014 12:07pm

Fare machines and SmarTrip card dispensers are installed at the new McLean Station.  In the final days before the Silver Line opening on July 26, customers can prepare themselves for riding the new line by familiarizing themselves with Metro travel tips and payment options.
Fare machines and SmarTrip card dispensers are installed at the new McLean Station. In the final days before the Silver Line opening on July 26, customers can prepare themselves for riding the new line by familiarizing themselves with Metro travel tips and payment options.

With less than two weeks left until the opening of the Silver Line, Metro is gearing up for a week of simulated service beginning this coming Sunday, July 20. This is the final stage of the familiarization process for Metro employees. Station managers will be at their posts at the new stations, and trains will run along the Silver Line on the same schedule as they will once passenger service begins. The simulation trains will not carry passengers to or from the five new Silver Line stations; but they will be in service for passengers between East Falls Church and Largo Town Center.

Starting today, Metro’s online Trip Planner is updated to include the new Silver Line schedule. Customers can now plan a trip on the Silver Line and get fares using real schedule data. Just enter a travel date on or after noon on July 26 to see results that include travel on the Silver Line. The Trip Planner can be accessed from the homepage of wmata.com and at wmata.com/tripplanner.

Also today, the MetroAlerts system has been updated with the new Silver Line and the five new stations. MetroAlerts sends messages to customers’ emails and smartphones based on their account preferences. For customers who use Metrorail, riders choose the lines and stations they want to be informed about. Silver Line is now presented as an option, so customers whose trips might include the Silver Line can now update their MetroAlerts account or set up a new account in advance of their Silver Line travel.

Riding the Metro system may be a new experience for some Silver Line passengers, so it’s important to familiarize yourself with basic Metro travel and safety practices, get to know the fare system, and sign up for MetroAlerts.

Here are a few Metro travel tips for new Silver Line riders and a refresher for other customers:

  • Metrorail opens at 5am on weekdays and 7am on weekends. The system closes at midnight from Sunday through Thursday, and at 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
  • When waiting for the train, read station signs to learn which train platform to use for your destination and stand behind the bumpy tiles along the platform’s edge. Watch for flashing lights along the platform’s edge, which signal a train’s arrival. Station signs will also alert you to a train’s arrival.
  • Before boarding the train, check the destination of the train posted above the side windows. Stand clear of the train car doors and let riders get off before you board.
  • To enter the train car, step over the small gap between the platform and the train. Listen for the chimes that signal the car doors are closing. Unlike elevator doors, train doors do not reopen automatically. And if the train is full, step back and wait for the next train.
  • Keep your SmarTrip or paper farecard handy, because you’ll need to use the same farecard you used to enter the system when you exit the system.

Check out more Metrorail rules and manners and get ready to ride the Silver Line.

Read about the Silver Line, in the news –
Silver Line on track for July 26 opening despite unfinished work (Washington Business Journal, July 14, 2014)
Connector Will Run Special Shuttles on Silver Line Opening Day (Reston Now, July 10, 2014)