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D.C. Metro to Take Control of Silver Line Next Week

Monday, May 19, 2014 - 03:25 PM

The Silver Line will eventually run to Reston, and later to Dulles Airport. (WMATA)

After months of delay, the largest public transit project in the D.C. region could finally be zeroing in on an opening date.

D.C.'s transit agency, Metro, expects to take control of the Silver Line rail project on May 27. Metro's general manager, Richard Sarles, says the new transit line to Virginia could open for passenger service as early as this summer.

Once Metro takes the project from the region's Airports Authority, which is responsible for its construction, the agency can begin a safety testing and workplace training period that can last up to 90 days.

The upshot: the Silver Line โ€” already seven months behind schedule โ€” may open to passengers this summer, possibly as early as late July.

Metro said it was able to announce the May 27 target date because the Silver Line contractor Bechtel has made significant progress fixing dozens of problems that held up completion, including replacing speakers in rail stations and dealing with a signaling problem that was causing test trains to stop when they shouldn't.

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