Silver Line Opens With Pols and Fanfare

New Metro car for the Silver Line.
Paul Simkin
New Metro car for the Silver Line.

The first phase of Metrorail's Silver Line opened to riders July 26 after an opening ceremony with politicians from Virginia and Washington, D.C. The new Metro links for Tysons Corner and Reston represent the first major addition to the Metrorail system in more than 20 years.

The nearly $3-billion project connects new stations -- McLean, Tysons Corner, Greensboro, Spring Hill and Wiehle-Reston East to the Orange Line and to downtown D.C. and Maryland.

The nearly 12-mile length of the first phase of Metrorail's Silver Line -- which will connect D.C. to Washington Dulles International Airport by 2018 -- is the first new line since 1991 when the Green Line opened. Metrorail first opened in 1976.

The Silver Line's inaugural day drew nearly 10,000 riders, according to Metro. The line will likely transport 25,000 riders a day. As an example, Metro indicates that a typical ride from the Wiehle-Reston East Station to Federal Triangle will be 42 minutes and cost $5.90 (peak) and $3.60 (off-peak).

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