The D.C. Metro launched its long-awaited Silver Line Extension on Tuesday, Nov. 15.
The new extension adds 11.4 miles of metro track to the Silver Line and includes a new connection for Washington Dulles International Airport, as well as six new rail stations and service between Reston, Va., and eastern Loudoun County, Va.
“As we continue to bring visitors back to Washington, DC, this extension of the Silver Line is a game changer for our city and region — one that opens up new possibilities for travel and business,” D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said in a news release. “Dulles was already known for the many direct flights it offers to and from destinations across the country and around the world, and now we finally have a direct and convenient connection from Dulles to downtown DC.”
To celebrate the launch, Metro General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Randy Clarke and U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg attended the Dulles International Airport Station opening ceremony, followed by an inaugural ride on the new line, featuring approximately 100 customers of all ages.
“The Silver Line extension is going to make life more affordable, give people better access to jobs throughout the region, reduce the time that drivers sit in traffic on our roads, and provide a level of convenience getting to Dulles Airport that has been a long time coming,” Buttigieg said in a news release.
For more information on the Silver Line, visit wmata.com/silverline.