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By Robert Thomson
Thursday, March 11, 2010

Dear Dr. Gridlock:

In all the discussion of the new Silver Line being built to Reston, then Dulles, there is a fundamental issue that I have never seen addressed.

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Where will the eastern terminus of the Silver Line be? As I understand it, the western terminus will be at Dulles International Airport; it will run from there to West Falls Church, where it will join the Orange Line tracks and continue east to . . . where?

Will it stop at Rosslyn, or go into the District? Or will it go to Rosslyn and then follow the Blue Line tracks toward the Pentagon and beyond?

Rosslyn is such a bottleneck with the Blue and Orange lines converging there, it seems implausible to add a third line and expect the efficient coordination of trains and an increased number of passengers through there.

Patrick Startt

The District

DG: We have a lot to learn about this new Metrorail line, and the transit authority has a lot of planning to do.

The eastern end of the new line -- which we refer to as the Silver, though Metro has not formally adopted the name -- will be at the Stadium-Armory Station, where it will be easiest to turn the trains back after they pass through the District.

The western side, assuming the second phase gets built, will be at the Dulles Greenway and Ryan Road (Route 772) in Loudoun County, two stops beyond the airport. That part is scheduled to open in 2016. The first part, to Reston, is scheduled to open in 2013.


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