This morning, Metro General Manager Richard Sarles announced a target date of Saturday, July 26th for the opening of the Silver Line.
On the morning of the 26th, Metro will host an inaugural event for the Silver Line, and additional details about that event will be released next week. The five new Silver Line stations will open to customers at Noon, and the first Silver Line train will depart Wiehle-Reston East, bound for Largo Town Center, at that time.
The Airports Authority and Bechtel have remained on schedule to close a number of punch list items. The service date will be possible to achieve if Bechtel continues to complete its work on time, the station Certificates of Occupancy are obtained, no significant new issues arise from the Tri-State Oversight Committee or FTA reviews, and no major concerns are discovered during the week of simulated service.
In preparation for passenger service, the week of simulated service for employee training will begin on Sunday, July 20th. That means that Silver Line trains will be running, as they will once the line opens, to finalize employee familiarization and tweak any schedule conflicts that arise in operation. For riders, it means that the service changes associated with the Silver Line opening will actually take effect on the first weekday of simulated service – Monday, July 21st. Specifically, during rush hours, two Blue Line trains per hour in each direction will be converted to Yellow Line trains. Riders along the Blue Line will see trains just as frequently as they do today – just two more Yellow, and two fewer Blue each hour. On the Orange Line, service at Vienna, Dunn Loring and West Falls Church will become consistent with other lines, with trains arriving and departing every 6 minutes during rush hours.
And one final note, the Silver Line trains operating in simulated service will not carry passengers to or from the new stations, but they WILL carry passengers along the existing Orange and Blue lines – between East Falls Church and Largo Town Center. During the simulated service week, these trains will be identified on electronic signs as Orange Line trains.
We are excited to welcome passengers aboard the Silver Line!