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Metro: Date of Silver Line opening coming soon

McLEAN, Va. (AP) -- The general manager of Washington's Metrorail subway system says he hopes to announce next week the long-awaited start date for Silver Line service in northern Virginia.

Richard Sarles told reporters on a conference call Monday that if all goes well this week, he expects to announce on June 23 an opening date for the $2.9 billion Phase I of the Silver Line.

Asked if the opening could come sometime in July, Sarles would only say the project is in the final stretch.

Phase I includes service from Reston through Tysons Corner at five new stations. The second phase will extend to Dulles International Airport but is years away from completion.

The project has been plagued by delays -- it was supposed to have opened in 2013.


Again, a good point.  But all it takes is one person to challenge Ken Reid, out of his entire district, and Ken Reid is in trouble.  So, again, it will be interesting to watch.

I don’t think you can compare the people in Cantors district to those that live in Reid’s. Leesburg is much different than rural central VA.

Actually, a good question.  Because Ken Reid has to go through a republican nomination process, which as we have seen with Eric Cantor, is now the “we eat our own” process.  Ken Reid made many promises to oppose the Silver Line, and then was the swing vote for it.  I suspect the long knives are out now for Ken Reid.  And it may be appropriate.  Don’t keep your promises, pay the price for it.

64% of Loudoun wants the metro; why do you think that will hurt Reid?

With the opening of the Sliver Line, do we also get to see the opening gates of those who want to challenge Ken Reid, because he was the swing vote on the Silver Line in Loudoun County?  I am waiting with baited breath to see how many step up to challenge Ken Reid.  It should be a LOT of FUN!

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