Yes, we know it’s no White House Correspondents’ Dinner — and what a tragedy that we won’t be able to party down at an all-night Silver Line after-party — but there will be plenty of VIPs on hand to cut the ribbon on the first phase of the $5.6 billion rail line July 26.

Among those on the guest list is the country’s top transportation official, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx. Others expected to attend the ceremony at the Wiehle-Reston East station that will kick off Saturday at 10 a.m. are:

  • Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe
  • District of Columbia Mayor Vincent C. Gray
  • Rep.  Gerry Connolly (D-Va.)
  • Rep.  Frank Wolf (R-Va.)
  • Rep.  Jim Moran (D-Va.)
  • Virginia Del. Kenneth Plum (D-Reston)
  • Members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
  • Members of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Board of Directors
  • Members of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board of Directors
  • Metro General Manager and chief executive  Richard Sarles

The opening ceremony and ribbon-cutting ceremony will be followed by the departure of the inaugural Silver Line train — the first to travel the entire Silver Line — at noon.

And a note for folks who want to hop aboard a Silver Line train in Tysons on Saturday and are looking to park. The McLean Metro Parking lot at Scotts Run is now open.