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Metro Takes Control of Silver Line, Begins 90-Day Testing Period

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McLEAN, Va. (WNEW/AP) — Metro assumed control of the Silver Line on Tuesday, giving hope that the behind-schedule rail project could open this summer.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority officially handed over the $2.9 billion Metrorail extension through Tysons Corner at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday. Metro now has 90 days for testing and training before opening the line for passenger service.

In a conference call with reporters, Metro Deputy General Manager Rob Troup said he is confident Metro will be able to complete its work in the next 90 days and begin service, but offered no guarantees that service would begin by the end of August.

The Metro Board of Directors will set the opening date. Metro General Manager Richard Sarles said earlier this month that he hopes passengers might be able to use the line by early August.

The Silver Line was supposed to have opened to the public at the end of 2013.

When it opens, the Silver Line will operate from the Wiehle-Reston East station to Largo Town Center. Trains will run every 6 minutes during rush hour and every 12 to 20 minutes at other times.

Five new stations have been built for the Silver Line: McLean, Tysons Corner, Greensboro, Spring Hill and Wiehle-Reston East.

The $2.9 billion project was built by MWAA, which oversees Reagan and Dulles airports. Eventually, the Silver Line will extend out to Dulles, though that phase of the project is still several years away.

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