Commuter Digest: Metro plans to begin passenger service for Silver Line on July 26

June 29, 2014
Virginia
Silver Line to begin service July 26

Metro plans to start carrying rail passengers July 26 on its long-awaited Silver Line, capping five years of construction and more than a decade of political fights and contentious design work on a rapid-transit link between the national capital area’s biggest economic hubs, Tysons Corner and downtown Washington.

Barring any glitches in the next month, Silver Line riders will begin boarding trains at the new Wiehle Avenue station in Reston at noon that Saturday, Metro General Manager Richard Sarles said.

Sarles said Metro will conduct a final test of the Silver Line with a week of “simulated service” beginning July 20. He said a full complement of Silver Line trains will run in the system that week but will not carry passengers between East Falls Church and Wiehle Avenue.

Metro estimates that 50,000 passenger trips each workday will begin or end at Silver Line stations from Reston to East Falls Church. About 17,000 of those trips will be taken by customers who already use the system regularly, at stations on the Orange Line. But Metro projects that about 33,000 trips will be taken by new patrons of the system.

— Paul Duggan and Lori Aratani

The Region
Bikeshare runs out of member keys

If you want to join Capital Bikeshare, you’ll probably have to wait.

The program says it’s dealing with a shipment problem and has run out of member keys. You need the key to unlock a bike at any of the more than 300 Capital Bikeshare stations in the network.

Kimberly Lucas, the Capital Bikeshare program manager with the District Department of Transportation, said a shipment of new keys will arrive the week of July 7. She said new memberships are up this year and Capital Bikeshare had not been able to order more keys.

Capital Bikeshare generally receives a number of keys each time it gets new bikes and stations, but orders have been on hold in recent months.

— Luz Lazo

$750,000

The amount Metro has budgeted for its marketing campaign to promote the new Silver Line.

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