Metro's Silver Line to open by August?

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Metro took a big step forward on Tuesday, towards opening the long-awaited Silver Line.

The agency gained control of Phase One of the project from the Airports Authority in a milestone called ORD, or "Operational Readiness Date." From this point forward, Metro has up to 90 days for testing and training prior to opening the line to riders this summer. That brings us to about August 25th. But, the official opening date will be set by the Metro Board of Directors.

Phase One is already 6 months behind. But, on a conference call on Tuesday, Metro said they would not have gotten to this point if they were not confident they could complete the testing within the 90 days. They have already hired station managers, train operators, and Metro police officers as well as other workers. Issues have arisen. Most recently, there have been temporary fixes to track issues, and speaker systems needed work.

Now, Metro has a list of action items from drainage issues to fence work that still needs to be completed.

When it opens this summer, Silver Line service will run from Wiehle-Reston East station to Largo Town Center, with trains every six minutes during rush hour and every 12 to 20 minutes at other times. Five new stations will be added to the Metro rail system: McLean, Tysons Corner, Greensboro, Spring Hill and Wiehle-Reston East.

Metro says once they confirm the start date, they will run simulated service on the line starting a week prior.


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