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Silver Line Opening Events Taking Shape

June 30, 2014 1:35pm

Metro plans to release a new SmarTrip card on July 26th to commemorate the opening of the Silver Line.  The cards will be available in the five new Silver Line stations on opening day. They also will be available for purchase online and at all Metro sales offices, and will be rolled out in stations throughout the system.  Like other special edition SmarTrip cards, the SV cards will be available for $10 and will come loaded with $8 in fare value.

Metro plans to release a new SmarTrip card on July 26th to commemorate the opening of the Silver Line. The cards will be available in the five new Silver Line stations on opening day. They also will be available for purchase online and at all Metro sales offices, and will be rolled out in stations throughout the system. Like other special edition SmarTrip cards, the SV cards will be available for $10 and will come loaded with $8 in fare value.

Now that we know the Silver Line will open on July 26, Metro is working hard to ensure it’s a memorable day.

Members of the public who want to participate in the Silver Line opening are encouraged to join us at one of the five new Silver Line stations for a ride on the inaugural Silver Line trains.

The McLean, Tysons Corner, Greensboro and Spring Hill stations will all open to the public at 11:30 a.m. so that riders can enter the stations to take a look around and purchase fare media. The Wiehle-Reston East station is the exception – it will open shortly before noon following an opening ceremony with regional officials and a ribbon cutting. Space will be limited at those events.

The first Silver Line train will depart Wiehle-Reston East, bound for Largo Town Center, at noon. For people who want to be on that first train, it is expected to depart Spring Hill at approximately 12:08 p.m., Greensboro at 12:10 p.m., Tysons Corner at 12:12 p.m. and McLean at 12:14 p.m., on its way to Arlington, the District of Columbia and out to Largo, MD.

You may be wondering: How can I get to the stations before the start of Silver Line passenger service? On opening day, the public will be able to access the McLean and Tysons Corner stations using Metrobus:

  • Routes 3T and 23A will serve the McLean station – with the 3T connecting riders from East Falls Church and West Falls Church to the new McLean station, and the 23A connecting riders from Crystal City Metrorail station to McLean.
  • Tysons Corner station will be served on opening day by Metrobus Routes 2T and 28A. Riders who want to get to Tysons Corner station can connect from Dunn Loring Metrorail station on the 2T bus, and from the King Street-Old Town station on the 28A.

The Fairfax Connector will provide additional bus connections to the new Silver Line stations, and the new 2,300-car parking garage at Wiehle-Reston East will be open. In addition, riders can access the stations on foot or bike. Check out the maps of the stations and surrounding areas to plan your route.

One week before the Silver Line’s opening, Fairfax County will host a ribbon cutting and transit fair at the Wiehle-Reston East North Entrance bus and parking facility — which includes a secure bike room, kiss & ride facility, and 10-bay bus terminal, in addition to parking. The events are schedule for Saturday July 19th from 10am – 3pm. We encourage you to attend and learn about the County’s facility as well as future development planned around the station.

Read about the Silver Line, in the news –
Metro Will Pick Ten to be First Silver Line Riders (Reston Now, June 26, 2014)
Safety drill conducted ahead of Silver Line opening (WTOP, June 29, 2014)