June 23, 2022
CONTACT: Marcia McAllister
WMATA Prepares Final Testing of
Silver Line Phase 2
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority and its Silver Line construction team will continue working closely with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority following today’s announcement of operational readiness for Phase 2 of the project, which will extend Metrorail service to Washington Dulles International Airport and onward into Loudoun County, Virginia.
This milestone marks the final testing period, during which WMATA will determine when to set a date to begin passenger service. Phase 2 will extend Metrorail service from the eastern edge of Reston to Washington Dulles International Airport and Ashburn in eastern Loudoun County. Phase 1 of the project, extending Metro service from East Falls Church to Reston, opened for passengers in the summer of 2014.
A rail connection between Dulles International Airport and downtown Washington has been envisioned since the airport opened in 1962. The Silver Line project has been the result of planning, design and construction work on the part of residents, the business community, landowners, advocacy groups and political leaders for decades.
The Airports Authority looks forward to ongoing positive economic impacts all along the corridor including additional transit-oriented developments, as has taken place in Tysons and east Reston with the completion of Phase 1. The Airports Authority will work with WMATA and the project’s other partners throughout its final stages on Phase 2 testing to ensure the project meets all safety, security and dependability standards to deliver an efficient, reliable and attractive rail system that will serve the region for decades to come.