Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) plans to open the Silver Line July 26, 2014, according to General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Richard Sarles.
“The five new Silver Line stations will open to customers at noon and the first Silver Line train will depart Wiehle-Reston East, bound for Largo Town Center, at that time,” explained Sarles.
Silver Line trains will operate between Reston and Largo at the same frequency as most other lines. During rush hours, trains will run every six minutes; at off-peak times, trains will run every 12 to 20 minutes. Five new stations will be added to the system: McLean, Tysons Corner, Greensboro, Spring Hill and Wiehle-Reston East.
To finalize employee familiarization and confirm schedules, WMATA plans to conduct a week of “simulated service,” starting July 20. During the service simulation, Silver Line trains will run on the system without carrying passengers to or from the five new stations. However, the “simulation” trains will carry passengers between East Falls Church and Largo Town Center.