Contractor Again Hands Off Silver Line For Review By MWAA, Metro

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Dulles Transit Partners, the consortium of contractors building the Silver Line, says it has completed the first phase of the transit project.

This includes five stations from East Falls Church to Wiehle Avenue in Reston.

Dulles Transit Partners, the lead member of which is Bechtel, filed paperwork Wednesday saying their work is finished. This is the consortium’s second attempt to declare the work complete.

Officials at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority now have 15 days to verify that the contractor has met its obligations.

The last time the paperwork was submitted, in February, MWAA said the contractors failed to meet seven of 12 requirements including securing proper permits. The authority also said there were problems with the line’s train control system and escalators.

David Mould, spokesman for MWAA, says if the authority signs off on everything this time around, the next step is to present the project to Metro, which will do up to 90 days of testing.

The Silver Line was originally scheduled to be up and running by the end of 2013, but Mould says officials’ main concern is that it is “performing well and performing safely” before passenger service begins.

“We stand ready to accept the Silver Line for testing and training once the Airports Authority is in a position to turn it over to us,” according to Metro spokesman Philip Stewart.

“Once the line is in Metro’s control, testing and training will commence and, when appropriate, the Metro Board will determine the opening date.”

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