The Wait is Over! D.C. Metro Opens New Silver Line

After many years of planning and anticipation, the D.C. Metro Silver Line train has now been opened to the public! This 23-mile extension branches off from the Orange Line at East Falls Church and spans from downtown Largo Town Center out to Wiehle–Reston East. The first full week of public use racked up 220,000 passengers boarding from Silver Line stops. About 8,000 of those riders shifted from regular Orange Line use, and an estimated 6,000 new riders utilized the line.

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Image Courtesy of WMATA

This $6.8 billion project is the first metro line to open up in the past 20 years, and is only currently in phase 1. Phase 2 will eventually connect to Dulles in 2018, adding another 11.5 miles to the Silver Line and allowing smooth transit to the airport!

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Image Courtesy of WMATA

The Silver Line hopes to be a central mode of transportation for commuters from Virginia, decreasing the amount of cars on the roads and the ever increasing traffic that floods D.C. This line links to the popular shopping center at Tysons Corner, which connects to over 100,000 jobs alone. With the projected increased use of the Silver Line, the urban employment development is expected to jump, transforming Northern Virginia!

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Tysons Corner Station Render courtesy of Fairfax County 

For more information visit the Silver Line website or the WMATA!

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