Metro Opens First Phase Of Silver Line

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RESTON, Va. (AP) – The silver line is open. The long-awaited addition to the Metro system opened Saturday. Cheers went up as the crowded first train departed the Reston station around noon.
    
The $2.9 billion first phase of the silver line includes five stations. The 11.7 miles of new track stretches from Reston through Tysons Corner and connects with the orange line at the East Falls Church station.
    
Work is just beginning on the project’s next phase, which will carry the silver line to Dulles International Airport and beyond, at an additional cost of $2.7 billion.

The silver line is the first new line to be added to the Metro system since the 1991 opening of the green line’s first stations. The system now has six lines: red, orange, yellow, green, blue and silver.


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WASHINGTON (AP) – A new express bus service will take passengers between the just-opened stations on the silver line and Washington Dulles International Airport.
    
Transportation officials say the new express bus service opened Saturday, the same day as the first five stations on the silver line.
    
Passengers who get off at the silver line’s Wiehle-Reston East station can take the bus service to the airport. Transportation officials say buses will operate every 20 minutes and every 15-minutes during the weekday morning and afternoon rush. Officials say the fare will be $5 each way, which can be paid with cash or credit card.
    
Before Saturday, customers could ride the orange line to the West Falls Church station and take the Washington Flyer Coach service to Dulles for $10. The new service replaces that option.


(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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