LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — For Virginians who have long awaited Metro access, the time to celebrate draws nearer.

For those living and working in Virginia, or D.C. dwellers who’d like to get to Fairfax and Loudoun counties without getting behind the wheel of a car, the fact that Phase 2 of the Silver Line is finally getting underway should come as good news.

Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) says crews will soon begin surveying the area, performing site preparations, and making geological assessments while they finalize permits and other design work. Construction is set to begin in Spring 2014 on the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project.

The second phase will include more than 11 miles of track in Fairfax and Loudoun counties from Reston to Ashburn.

This announcement comes as Phase 1 of the Silver Line, which includes five stations from East Falls Church, through Tysons Corner, to Wiehle Avenue on the eastern side of Reston, nears completion.

Full Silver Line completion will likely come in July 2018.

That means good news for all you shoppers out there, eventually you’ll be able to shop at Reston Town Center in addition to Tysons Corner.

“There is still much work to be done on both Phase 1 and Phase 2, but this Notice to Proceed represents an important milestone toward increased transportation connectivity for the region,” Airports Authority Chairman Michael Curto said.

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