Metro Silver Line Slated for August Opening

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s new Silver Line is set for an August opening to the public.“We still have work to do” in educating the public on how to use the new subway line, Lynn Bowersox, Metro’s assistant general manager for marketing, said Monday in a conference call with reporters.

As for simply knowing about the existence of the Silver Line, she said, general public awareness has gone up significantly. About 90 percent overall and 95 percent of people who routinely ride the system are aware of the Silver Line project that will extend the service of Metro from the East Falls Church Metro station through four stations in Tysons Corner and westward to Wiehle Avenue in Reston. Five stations have been built for the new line so far, and Metro has a website that offers details of each station, including the availability of parking.

The Silver Line’s first phase, nearing completion, is 11.7 miles of rail and has four stations in Tysons and one in Reston at Wiehle Avenue. The new line will share tracks with the Orange Line from East Falls Church to Rosslyn. From there, across Washington to the Stadium Armory station, the Silver, Orange and Blue lines will use the same rails. From Stadium Armory, the Silver Line will share tracks with the Blue Line to the Largo Town Center station. The second phase of the project, due to be finished in 2018, will extend the Silver Line from Wiehle Avenue to Dulles International Airport and into eastern Loudoun County.

The final cost of the first phase is expected to be $2.9 billion, roughly $150 million more than originally planned. The overall cost of the two-phase project is estimated at $5.6 billion.