Silver Line emergency exercise set for Sunday

June 28, 2014

A view of the Spring Hill Station along the Metro’s new Silver Line looking west toward Reston from near the Dulles toll road. After much anticipation, the first phase of the Silver Line, which runs through Tysons Corner to Reston, is scheduled to open this summer. (Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)

An exercise testing how local agencies respond to an emergency at one of the Silver Line’s soon-to-be-open stations is slated to be held early Sunday morning at the Spring Hill Station.

Metro Transit Police along with state and local emergency personnel from around the area will attempt rescue “passengers” from a disabled train from the station’s elevated track near Route 7 and the Dulles Toll Road.

The exercise is expected to begin at around 8 a.m. and will last several hours, Metro officials said. Residents near the station may notice emergency personnel and should know this is only a drill.

Traffic along the adjacent roadways—Route 7 and Spring Hill Road—will not be affected, but one lane of Route 7 may be closed to allow for emergency vehicle staging.

Lori Aratani writes about how people live, work and play in the D.C. region for The Post’s Transportation and Development team.
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