Silver Line Extension opens on Washington, D.C.’s Metro transit system

The recently opened Silver Line Extension on Washington’s Metro transit system provides a new connection to Washington Dulles International Airport.
The recently opened Silver Line Extension on Washington’s Metro transit system provides a new connection to Washington Dulles International Airport.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Washington D.C.’s Metro has opened the Silver Line Extension, connecting customers to six new stations, while adding 11.4 miles of track to the system.

The Silver Line Extension gives customers a new connection to Washington Dulles International Airport and new service between Reston, Va., and eastern Loudoun County.

At the official grand opening, Metro general manager and chief executive officer Randy Clarke was joined by U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and other federal, state, and local officials at Washington Dulles International Airport Station. The event was followed by an inaugural train ride with nearly 100 customers who shared their happiest Metro memories to receive a “silver ticket” for the special preview.

The first Silver Line passenger train left Ashburn Station at approximately 2 p.m. and headed eastbound to Downtown Largo Station in Prince George’s County, Md. The first stop served the Extension’s six new stations–Ashburn, Loudoun Gateway, Washington Dulles International Airport, Innovation Center, Herndon, and Reston Town Center. With the Silver Line Extension opening, Metrorail now serves 97 stations on a 128-mile system in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.

As one of the largest capital construction projects in the U.S., the Silver Line provides transit service between the Dulles corridor and Downtown D.C., expands the reach of the existing regional rail system, offers an alternative to automobile travel, and supports future development.

For additional information about riding the Silver Line go to wmata.com/silverline.

“The Silver Line extension is going to make life more affordable, give people better access to jobs throughout the region, reduce the time that drivers sit in traffic on our roads, and provide a level of convenience getting to Dulles Airport that has been a long time coming. One year after President Biden signed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we are improving transportation systems across the country to save time and money for commuters,”’ says Buttigieg.

“The Silver Line extension is going to open up more economic opportunities for Virginia. The construction of the Silver Line to Reston made the Dulles Corridor one of the fastest-growing business areas in the country, attracting millions of square feet of office space, retail, and residential properties. The expansion to Dulles and Loudoun County will build on that success and make Virginia even more competitive for business,”’ says Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin.

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