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Silver Line hiring by the numbers

A view of the Spring Hill Station along the Metro’s new Silver Line looking west toward Reston from near the Dulles toll road on Thursday, June 5, 2014, in Vienna, VA. 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)

Metro officials said Monday that 460 new people have joined the transit authority’s payroll as it prepares for the launch of Silver Line service this summer.

During a conference call with reporters, Deputy General Manager Rob Troup said not all 460 will work on the Silver Line — some will fill in behind folks who are being moved from other parts of the system.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • 302 folks will be in maintenance
  • 102 will be in operations
  • 41 will be transit police
  • 10 will be information technology employees
  • 3 will work in finance
  • 2 will work in customer service

With the addition of the Silver Line, there will be 48 more train operators and 23 more station managers system-wide. No newbies allowed — everyone assigned to work on the Silver Line will have worked somewhere else in the system, Troup said.

There’s still no opening date, but this week Metro’s board of directors will be asked to give Metro Chief Richard Sarles the authority to set a date for passenger service.





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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