- The Washington Times - Monday, June 23, 2014

Metro officials said Monday that the long-awaited Silver Line will begin operations next month.

In a morning conference call, General Manager Richard Sarles said the line will begin carrying passengers on July 26.

The five new stations will open at noon and will run through Tysons Corner and extend to Reston. It is scheduled to run every six minutes during rush hour and every 12-20 minutes during off-peak times. The second phase of the Silver Line, which will extend to Washington Dulles International Airport and beyond, remains under construction.

Despite several months of delays and millions of dollars in lost revenue, Mr. Sarles said he was confident that the line will remain on schedule and that he doesn’t foresee any glitches.

“It’s an unlikely possibility that something could pop up,” Mr. Sarles said. “Much of what remains is submitting documentation, reports and other construction items like pedestrian overpasses.”

The Silver Line will be the first new Metro line since 1991. Officials plan to have an inaugural event on the morning of July 26 to officially open the new line.

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