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Metro to Hold ‘Open House’ For the Silver Line

by ARLnow.com March 13, 2013 at 4:45 pm 33 Comments

Silver LineThose wishing to learn more about Silver Line can do so at an open house in Arlington this weekend.

Metro is organizing the event in advance of the Silver Line’s expected completion and opening late this year. The public is invited to learn about changes to Orange and Blue Line service that will accompany the Silver Line’s opening, and to speak with and ask questions of Metro officials.

The open house is taking place at the Sheraton Crystal City Hotel (1800 Jefferson Davis Highway) from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. this coming Saturday, March 16.

In addition to the informational portion of the event, there will be children’s activities, free snacks and and a raffle. The Arlington open house is one of three planned this week.

The Silver Line will at first run to Tysons Corner and Reston. A second phase of the project, which will take several more additional years to build, will connect with Dulles International Airport.

  • novasteve

    Are they still trying to claim the silver line will open this year while their delivery of the rolling stock isn’t even expected until next year?

    • Arlington Chris

      Yes, on WAMU 88.5 this morning the reporter mentioned that in the Maryland open house they said “end of this year”.

      • novasteve

        I guess they can drive tireless Mercedes Benzs’ on the tracks like Roger Moore did in Octopussy?

    • BallstonMike

      I don’t care when it opens – the bus to Tysons or Dulles is good enough for me. I don’t have to pretend I’m in Prague, riding some fancy train, sipping my latte, and voting for everyone with a “D” to next to their name.

      • SteveP

        There are more than two parties in the Czech republic – it’s not just ‘D’ and ‘R’.

  • flux

    I don’t expect that this first phase will see much ridership beyond the Tysons stops. I am surprised they chose to stop it at Wiehle, instead of going just a little further and being able to add Reston Parkway (to serve Reston Town Center, an already established commercial center), and Herdon-Monroe (an already established bus hub).

    • Arlington Chris

      Yeah. The real value will be in the connection to IAD. Hopefully in 2018 or so…

      • speonjosh

        I’m skeptical. It’s a loooong ride to the airport.

    • Sherriffs Gonna Getcha

      b/c the people running this project, clearly, are idiots. If it makes sense, why would they do it?

      • drax

        Jeez, people, you still don’t get it.

        Once Metro stops at Wiehle, it will become a commercial center. Didn’t Arlington’s experience with Metro teach you anything?

    • drax

      Yeah, I thought they were going out to Reston Parkway in phase 1, but I guess that got postponed. Perhaps it was a budget thing?

    • confused

      They needed to keep phase 1 manageable to get it going early, why they waited for approval and financing for phase 2. They would have probably not included Wiehle in phase 1, but they had to in order to head off pressure for metro parking in Tysons. Phase 1 is all about Tysons, but I do expect some folks will take it from Wiehle Ave.

    • guest

      I don’t follow Fairfax County issues too closely, but I thought they were projecting that there would be a lot of people parking at, and taking the bus to, the Wiehle station. There have been proposals to reroute buses, and debate about how much of the Silver Line ridership would be new customers and how much people who used to drive to Orange Line stations who will now find Wiehle more convenient.
      It does seem like a random place to stop the line, but in addition to confused’s good point, another reason for building Wiehle in Phase 1 might be that the long section of straight-ish track in the 66 median makes a better interim rail yard for storing trains than a track section in Tysons.

  • Roy G. Biv

    Why didn’t they use indigo or violet before resorting to grayscale?

    • Color Wheel

      Too close to blue?

    • OX4

      Yea, shame we couldn’t take the Indigo to the Violet, and transfer onto the Cornflower.

    • J

      I think purple is being used for the light rail in Maryland.

  • South Awwlington

    I can’t wait for the Orange and Silver crush. You haven’t seen anything yet!

  • dan

    Actually the express bus from West Falls Church to Dulles wasn’t bad at all…..didn’t do you any good if you wanted to go to Tysons of course.

    • speonjosh

      Or anywhere other than the airport.

      • Commuter

        Waah waah!
        Boo hoo!!

      • acdc hack

        Did you figure that out all on your own ??
        I bet it was the “express” in its name that gave it away !!

  • Joe Hoya

    They had me at “free snacks.”

  • Wayne Kubicki

    Nice map in the inset – except it’s wrong now, isn’t it? Didn’t Metro announce that Silver Line trains will go all the way to Largo, due to turn-around problems at Stadium-Armory?

    • OX4

      Yes, it’s wrong. Metro had a version of the new map in a management overview briefing on the website months ago. It does go out to Largo.

  • Juanita de Talmas

    Why are they having this event in Crystal City when the Silver Line doesn’t even go there. Typical Metro “planning”.

    • Arlington Chris

      There is a meeting in Reston tonight. The meeting in Crystal City is for riders of the blue line, who will be impacted as the blue line will have a lower frequency.

    • speonjosh

      Waah waah!
      Boo hoo!!

  • David

    WMATA has done such a good job with its current lines, it’s adding another!

  • Wayne Kubicki

    It will be interesting to hear what Metro says (or doesn’t say) about rush hour train capacity & projected passenger loads through the R-B corridor, especially the eastern end (Courthouse & Rosslyn).

    • speonjosh

      I believe the total number of trains through those stations is supposed to stay the same, right? Half will come from Vienna, half will come from Tysons. We assume that the Vienna trains will be twice as crowded, meaning there’s no way you’ll get on in Courthouse or Rosslyn. So it will all depend on how big the Tysons ridership is.

      • Wayne Kubicki

        I believe I’ve read that there will be a slight increase in the number of total trains, with the capacity through Rosslyn provided by a corresponding further decrease of Blue Line service there.

        Be interesting to learn what Metro thinks the ridership will be after the Silver Line opens. Will some folks currently boarding O-Line trains west of EFC then be using Silver Line trains? How loaded are the S-Line trains projected to be once they reach the Arlington stations?

        • Josh S

          One thing is true – and I really hate to admit this, but, if steve is right and there is no new rolling stock ready to go when the tracks and stations open, then the entire system will be struggling with capacity issues until the new stock arrives.


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