WAMU 88.5 : News

Opening Of Silver Line To Dulles Won't Be Delayed, Insist Officials

Play associated audio
Despite reports to the contrary, officials say that Metro's Silver Line will open on time.
WAMU/Jared Angle
Despite reports to the contrary, officials say that Metro's Silver Line will open on time.

The Silver Line is on time—as of now. That's the word from the head of the agency overseeing the construction of the $6 Billion Metro line to Dulles Airport.

The opening of Phase I of the Silver Line is not delayed, says Jack Potter, the chief executive of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. The Washington Post reported faulty testing of safety systems could delay the December opening until early next year, but Potter says the contractor reports the project is on time and should be ready to hand over to Metro for the final testing phase September 9.

"It's a fluid situation because we are conducting tests now of what is a very complex system that has been built, and as we go through these tests, should we find there are issues, it may require additional work be done and there isn't much room to extend the schedule," he says.

Potter says the size of the project makes predicting a precise opening date difficult.

"People are trying to be too precise here. For example, people are trying to base the schedule on the 90 days that Metro has. That is a flexible number. The activity that they have to do can be done in less than 90 days," he says.

Metro would rather avoid delays because they could cut into projected Silver Line fare revenues.


French Bulldog At Heart Of New Children's Book 'Naughty Mabel'

Mabel is a naughty French bulldog at the center of a new children's book by Nathan Lane and Devlin Elliott. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Lane about his inspiration for the fictional dog.

How Do We Get To Love At 'First Bite'?

It's the season of food, and British food writer Bee Wilson has a book on how our food tastes are formed. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with her about her new book, "First Bite: How We Learn to Eat."

Snapshots 2016: Trump's Message Resonates With A Master Cabinet Maker

From time to time during this election season we'll be introducing you to ordinary people that our reporters meet out on the campaign trail. Today: a snapshot from a Donald Trump rally in New Hampshire.

What Is Li-Fi And When Will You Use It To Download Everything Faster?

Li-Fi is a lot like Wi-Fi, but it uses light to transmit data. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to the man who invented the faster alternative: Harald Haas.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.