Silver Line Could Carry Passengers By The End of the Summer, Metro Says

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Platform level finishes and signage at Wiehle-Reston East Station. (Credit: David Claypool, Kalorama)

Platform level finishes and signage at Wiehle-Reston East Station. (Credit: David Claypool, Kalorama)

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WASHINGTON (WNEW) — The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority has approved the first phase of the Silver Line, it announced Thursday, and the project can now be passed on to Metro for further testing.

The first phase includes five stations from East Falls Church to Wiehle Avenue in Reston.

Dulles Transit Partners, the consortium of contractors building the line, filed paperwork earlier in April saying their work was finished. It was the consortium’s second attempt to declare the work complete.

The first 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.

The next step in the process toward passenger service is Metro’s decision to take over and conduct its own inspections, testing, and training.

Metro CEO Richard Sarles said Thursday that Metro could take control of the project as early as late May. After that, it will have up to 90 days for testing, employee training and emergency drills prior to the start of passenger service.

That means the first phase of the Silver Line could be up and running by the end of the summer.

The line was originally scheduled to be running by the end of 2013.

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