Redesigned Metro Map Adds New-Look Silver Line

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Proposed new Metro map with Silver Line addition. (Image by Lance Wyman for WMATA)

Proposed new Metro map with Silver Line addition. (Image by Lance Wyman for WMATA)

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Metro has released a new map detailing the upcoming Silver Line that will connect Loudoun County in Virginia to Prince George’s County in Maryland by way of downtown Washington.

The map was unveiled Thursday by Metro officials in an effort to help clear up confusion about where the Silver Line will run and when it will open to riders, according to The Washington Post.

The map’s biggest change is the addition of the $6 billion Silver Line, which will run along parts of the Orange and Blue lines in Maryland, Virginia and the District.

The first phase of the Silver Line will run from East Falls Church to Reston and include four new stations in Tysons Corner. It is scheduled to open early next year. When completed, the rail line will run from Reston to Largo.

Construction of the second phase of the Silver Line, which will run to Dulles Airport and other points in Loudoun County, is expected to begin later in 2014.

It is the first time the map has been redesigned since Metro opened in 1976. Lance Wyman, a graphic designer who helped design the original map, constructed the new map with the Silver Line addition.

But the map has a few other subtle changes.

The rail lines on the map are thinner, the station symbols are lighter, and the Silver Line runs in the middle of the Blue and Orange lines in downtown D.C.

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