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What is Silver Line?

 

Silver Line is a 23-mile extension of the Metrorail system with new tracks extending from East Falls Church, through Tysons and Reston, and eventually to Washington Dulles International Airport and further west to Ashburn.

The project is being built in two phases. Phase 1 of the project opened on July 26, 2014, adding four new stations in Tysons, Virginia’s largest employment center, and one in Reston.  The Silver Line opening marked the first time a new color had been added to the Metro map since the Green Line opened in 1991.

Construction is underway on Phase 2, which will provide a transfer-free ride from Washington Dulles International Airport to downtown Washington. Construction of Silver Line is handled by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, but operations are handled by Metro.

 

Where does Silver Line go?

The Silver Line branches off from the Orange Line between East Falls Church and West Falls Church. There are five new stations in Phase 1 – four clustered around Tysons, and one farther west at Wiehle Avenue in Reston.

Traveling inbound from the Silver Line’s Wiehle-Reston East Station in Fairfax County, Va., the Silver Line continues through the downtown core of Washington, D.C. and ends at Largo Town Center in Prince George’s County, Md.

 

When will the Silver Line connect with Dulles Airport?

The Silver Line will connect with Dulles International Airport when Phase 2 is completely built and open for rail service. Until then, Metrobus, Fairfax Connector and Washington Flyer buses provide connection to Dulles Airport from the Metrorail system and Washington D.C.

 

Where can I go on the Silver Line?

Most of Tysons Corner is within a half-mile of a Silver Line station, or about a 15-minute walk. That includes Tysons Galleria and Tysons Corner Center shopping malls, restaurants, and the nearly 100,000 jobs in the area.

 

How does Silver Line connect with the other Metrorail lines?

Traveling east, Silver Line trains joins the existing Orange Line just west of East Falls Church, and then travels all the way through downtown D.C. to Largo Town Center, serving all stations along the way just like the Orange and Blue Lines. The Metro map has been redesigned to show Silver Line, in addition to existing Orange and Blue lines, through downtown D.C.

 

How frequently does Silver Line run?

Silver Line has the same hours of operation as the rest of Metrorail. At rush hours, trains arrive every 6 minutes. At off-peak times and weekends, trains arrive every 12-15 minutes – the same as other lines.

  • Monday-Thursday, 5:00am to midnight
  • Friday, 5:00am to 3:00am (Saturday)
  • Saturday, 7:00am to 3:00am (Sunday)
  • Sunday, 7:00am to midnight

 

Does the Silver Line solve traffic problems?

According to Wells + Associates, in the first year of Silver Line service, traffic in Tysons along Route 123 decreased and multiple intersections experienced up to 15% fewer cars during peak hours. While there is no single solution to the area’s traffic problems, the Silver Line project is a central part of an integrated solution that maximizes investments in Metro, buses, carpools, HOT lanes and road improvements.

Two Phases

sv_icon_small into_arrow Reston: Phase 1

This 11.7 mile segment opened in July 2014 and includes five new stations: McLean, Tysons Corner, Greensboro, Spring Hill and Wiehle-Reston East. It provides a transfer-free ride into downtown D.C. and on to Maryland.

Timeline

1994-1998: Major Investment Study (MIS)

2000-2004: Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) & Locally Preferred Option Analysis

2005-2006: Preliminary Engineering

2007: Agreement with Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA)

2009: Federal Grant to MWAA

March 2009: Construction of Phase 1 of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project begins along Route 123 near International Drive where a future tunnel will carry the rail line from Route 123 to Route 7.

May 2014: MWAA transfers control of the line to Metro

June 2014: Opening date of July 26 announced

July 26, 2014: Silver Line opened for passenger service

sv_icon_small into_arrow Dulles: Phase 2

The second phase of the Silver Line is currently under construction. The final 11-mile section includes six new stations: Reston Town Center, Herndon, Innovation Center, Dulles International Airport, Route 606 and Route 772.

Timeline


1994-1998: Major Investment Study (MIS)

2000-2004: Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) & Locally Preferred Option Analysis

2005-2006: Preliminary Engineering

2007: Agreement with Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA)

2009: Federal Grant to MWAA

May 2013: Phase 2 Design-Build contract awarded to Capital Rail Constructors

2014: Preliminary construction of Phase 2 begins.