Charles Stark to Head Up Silver Line Expansion to Dulles

The new head of the Silver Line expansion to Dulles International Airport previously was announced Friday, nearly four months after his predecessor stepped down.

Charles W. Stark will serve as the new executive director of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) announced.

Stark will manage construction of the Silver Line's second phase, 11.4 miles of track from the Silver Line's current terminus in Reston, out to Dulles Airport and ultimately ending at Ashburn, Virginia.

Phase 1 of the Silver Line opened July 26 after years of planning and construction. It connects downtown D.C. with Tysons Corner and Reston. MWAA constructed Phase 1 of the Silver Line before turning it over to Metro, a practice that will be continued with the line's Phase 2.

MWAA said in a release Friday that Stark has 40 years of experience in the rail transportation industry.

Most recently, he was vice president and project executive for engineering firm Aecom, and managed several projects for the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), including the Westside subway extension, the release said.

He also previously worked as assistant general manager of San Francisco's Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system.


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Stark replaces Pat Nowakowski, who stepped down from the Metrorail project after deciding to take a position as president of the Long Island Railroad.

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