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The Silver Line Is Coming: Are You Ready?

May 12, 2014 11:00am

Anticipation is growing for the opening of the Silver Line, but questions remain about where it’s going and how it will benefit the region. We’re here to help.


What’s the plan for opening the Silver Line?
Metro expects to have passengers boarding trains on the new Silver Line this summer. But before that can happen, a number of steps must be completed. First, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) and its contractor must complete a checklist of outstanding items before they turn the system over to Metro. That milestone is known as the Operational Readiness Date (ORD), and Metro will then have up to 90 days to complete the testing, inspections, monitoring and training needed for the Silver Line to open to the public. Metro has been working side by side with MWAA to ensure that the Silver Line service begins operating safely and reliably—and as soon as possible. The exact date for the Silver Line opening will be set by Metro’s Board of Directors at a public meeting, and we’ll pass that on to you.


Where does the Silver Line go?
Metro’s Silver Line stretches from Fairfax County, Virginia through Washington, D.C. and out to Prince George’s County, Maryland. Five new Silver Line stations will open this summer—four in Tysons, and one farther west at Wiehle Avenue in Reston. Traveling inbound from the new stations, Silver Line trains will join the Orange Line at East Falls Church station and travel through downtown D.C. to Largo Town Center station, serving all stations along the way, similar to the Orange and Blue Lines.


What can I do on the Silver Line?
The Silver Line will provide new transit connections to Tyson’s many shopping and dining opportunities, and will connect workers to major employers in Virginia’s largest economic hubs. People living near the five new Silver Line stations will have an alternative to congested traffic, with a hassle-free, transfer-free ride to Arlington, downtown D.C. and all the way out to the Largo Town Center station in Maryland.


Does the Silver Line go to Dulles?
Not yet. When the Silver Line opens in 2014, it will not go to Dulles International Airport. While shorthand for the Silver Line has been the “Dulles” rail project for many years, when trains start running later this year only five stations will be ready – which means the last stop is Wiehle Avenue in Reston and not the airport. A future extension of the Silver Line will connect Metro riders directly to the airport. Until then, Metrobus, Fairfax Connector and Washington Flyer will continue to provide service to Dulles Airport.


Where can I get more information about the Silver Line?
Explore silverlinemetro.com for service information, details about the five new Silver Line stations, and a calendar of scheduled outreach events.

Silver Line Outreach Event Photo

Metro teams are out in force distributing materials to educate riders about the Silver Line. Congressman Gerry Connolly, seen here with two members of Metro’s marketing staff, stopped by the Silver Line booth at the Reston Founder’s Day celebration.

Read about the Silver Line, in the news –
New Track Issue a ‘Concern,’ but Metro Still Aims for Summer Silver Line Opening (Washington Business Journal, May 12, 2014)
Metro: Silver Line On Track For Service ‘Sometime’ This Summer (Reston Now, May 12, 2014)