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May 13, 2014




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.

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