March 5, 2021
Contact: Marcia McAllister, Communications Manager
Airports Authority Targets Labor Day Handoff
of Silver Line Phase 2 Project to Metro
WMATA to set future passenger service date
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority announced Friday that the second phase of the Silver Line Metrorail project from Reston to Ashburn in Loudoun County is expected to be ready for turnover to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) by Labor Day weekend.
Airports Authority project managers base their expectation for substantial completion of Phase 2 on careful analysis of the latest data, the pace of testing by contractors and meetings with project partners and WMATA. Substantial completion means the project is ready to be turned over to WMATA for further testing, training and operational demonstrations, which would then lead to Metro setting a future date for passenger service.
“We understand the concerns caused by construction delays, and we thank our project partners and contractors for their commitment as we work together to deliver a safe, reliable and durable rail line to serve the traveling public,” Charles Stark, Airports Authority senior vice president of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project, said. “Recent progress on outstanding issues has put us in a position to establish a target date for substantial completion and will enable Metro to solidify its plans for final testing, training and starting passenger service.”
The Airports Authority is managing construction of the 23-mile extension of the Metrorail public transit system serving the National Capital Region. Phase 1 of the project, which extends to Reston, Virginia, was completed and began passenger service in 2014. Phase 2 extends the line to Washington Dulles International Airport and points beyond in Loudoun County. Phase 2 includes six new Metrorail stations and a rail maintenance facility. The rail line and stations are being built under contract with the Airports Authority by Capital Rail Constructors, and the rail yard and maintenance facility, on more than 90 acres of land at Dulles International Airport, is being built by Hensel Phelps.