Metro takes control of first phase of the Silver Line

Metro Station DC 12 2011 00062The Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (WMATA) officially took control of the first phase of the Silver Line from the Airports Authority Tuesday morning.

Metro now has 90 days to conduct tests prior to opening the line for passenger service this summer. According to Metro the agency’s board of governors will set an official opening date in the near future.
The Silver Line service will provide service from Wiehle-Reston East station to Largo Town Center.
While all five stations are in Virginia, Metro officials have said the Silver Line will have a positive impact for riders in Prince George’s County because it will run along the orange line with trains arriving every six minutes during rush hour and every 12 to 20 minutes at other times. The five new stations will be: McLean, Tysons Corner, Greensboro, Spring Hill and Wiehle-Reston East.
Before accepting the first phase of the project, Metro had tasked the airports authority with addressing several safety issues including loss of speed readouts, traction power reliability issues, leaks and drainage issues, and grounding of tunnel handrails and replacement of coaxial cable in the tunnel.

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