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WMATA takes control of Silver Line Extension

The 11.4-mile extension was previously controlled by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.
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The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority last week assumed control of the Silver Line Extension.

The 11.4-mile extension, which includes six new stations and a new rail yard, was previously controlled by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. The formal transfer of the project's governance on June 23 is known as the "Operational Readiness Date," WMATA officials said in a press release.

The opening date for passenger-rail service will follow action from WMATA's board on final acceptance of the line from the MWAA.

"This milestone enables our team to test the tracks and systems, train and familiarize our workforce on yard operations, mainline and stations and ensure that we provide safe and reliable service for customers on the extension," said WMATA Interim General Manager and CEO Andy Off.

The Silver Line Extension will connect WMATA's system with Herndon and Loudoun counties in Virginia, as well as Washington Dulles International Airport. The new rail yard is situated on 90 acres with storage capacity for 168 rail cars and new maintenance and inspection facilities.

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