Metro Expects to Announce Silver Line Opening Next Week

The general manager of Washington's Metrorail subway system hopes to announce next week the long-awaited start date for Silver Line service in northern Virginia, he said on a conference call Monday.

Richard Sarles told reporters that if all goes well this week, he expects to announce on June 23 an opening date for the $2.9 billion Phase I of the Silver Line.

Asked if the opening could come sometime in July, Sarles would only say the project is in the final stretch.

Phase I includes service from Reston through Tysons Corner at five new stations. The second phase will extend to Dulles International Airport but is years away from completion.

The project has been plagued by delays, it was supposed to have opened in 2013.

Before Metro opens the line to the public, it’s going to run simulated service for a week straight, News4’s Adam Tuss reported.

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