Top 10 Things to Know for the Silver Line
July 25, 2014
After decades of planning and years of construction, the Silver Line opens July 26! Here are 10 things to know about the first phase of Metro’s newest line.
You can also visit our Silver Line webpage for more details.
1: Schedules and Fares
When will trains run, how long will it take to travel and how much will a trip cost? The first Silver Line trains will run on Saturday, July 26, at noon. Use Metro’s schedule and fare finder to plan your trips. If you haven't seen this video yet, then watch a 1 minute time-lapse trip from Ballston Station to Wiehle-Reston East Station:
2: Five New Stations
Get to know the five new stations all in Fairfax County – McLean, Tysons Corner, Greensboro, Spring Hill and Wiehle-Reston East. Watch the video below or read about each station.
It’s important to know where you can park if you plan to drive to a station. The majority of new stations are planned with transit-oriented development in mind similar to the Orange Line from Rosslyn to Ballston.
- We will open our public garage at the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station on July 26. Located at 11389 Reston Station Boulevard, this is the only permanent, on-site parking at the five new Metro stations.
- There is also an interim 24-hour, 711-space outdoor lot at the McLean Metro Station.
- The Sunset Hills Interim Park and Ride lot in Reston closes permanently on July 25.
- Local businesses such as Tysons Corner Mall and employers in the Tysons and Reston areas plan to monitor their private lots, so parking in private lots for commuting is discouraged.
The vision for a more walkable Tysons will take years to achieve every last sidewalk segment or pedestrian connection needed, especially as private developers build new projects and connect the gaps. We have worked to build/coordinate some pedestrian connections around the Metro stations, but it’s impossible to change the old Tysons into the new Tysons overnight. There's also a plan for Reston. As you’re walking near the new stations, enjoy the new connections and if you’re amid an area without a connection yet, please follow pedestrian rules and norms to stay safe. Drivers, please obey all pedestrian rules, too.
If you plan to bike to a station, then our Wiehle-Reston East Station has the county’s first ever secure bike room. Learn more about the space.
6: Bus Transportation
Fairfax Connector will make its most significant service changes in 20 years on July 26. Among the changes, 16 new routes will be launched; 28 routes will be changed; and 5 routes will be eliminated. Read about the changes and read transcripts of two online chats we hosted: July 25 and July 9.
7: Silver Line History
The Silver Line did not happen overnight! Multiple planning studies were conducted for 45 years dating back to 1962. Way back in 1964, the Federal Aviation Administration first recommended preserving the median of the Dulles Toll Road for Metro expansion. Decades later, designs were approved, funding allocated and construction began that has led to the opening of the first new line of Metro since 1991 (Green Line) and the first new stations in Fairfax County since Franconia-Springfield Station opened in 1997.
Take a look at some pictures of construction since 2009 on our Facebook page.
Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova discusses the Silver Line in this audio clip:
8: Phase 2
The next phase of the Silver Line is underway, which will take riders from Reston to Dulles International Airport and then on to Loudoun County in 2018. For updates on construction, visit the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.
9: Land Use and Development
The Tysons and Reston areas have been approved by the Board of Supervisors for many new projects because of the Silver Line. Planning is also underway for new commercial and residential areas of the second phase.
- Transforming Tysons
- Reston Master Plan/Dulles Corridor Special Study
- Route 28/Innovation Center Station – South Side Special Study
- Herndon Metro Station Access Study
10: Stay Informed
Follow us on Twitter @fairfaxcounty and on Instagram @fairfaxcountygov for updates in the coming days of the latest Silver Line information. Follow Metro for service and operational updates as you need the information.