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Metro's Silver Line Delayed By Two Months

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Though until recently officials insisted that the Silver Line would start running by the end of the year, they've now changed their tune.
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Though until recently officials insisted that the Silver Line would start running by the end of the year, they've now changed their tune.

Metro's new Silver Line project is behind schedule.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which is overseeing Silver Line construction, said Wednesday that needed safety and performance tests have extended the project's timeline by about eight weeks. Officials had initially estimated the $2.8 billion line would be open to riders by the end of the year.

“Our main goal has always been safety and quality—it supersedes all else,” said MWAA President and CEO Jack Potter. “Any project this large and complex is inevitably going to encounter unexpected issues that require additional tests and adjustments. With Phase 1 of the Silver Line nearly complete, there isn’t sufficient time in the schedule to recover from recently identified matters within the original plan.”

The Silver Line runs through Tysons Corner to Reston. Work recently began on a second phase extension of the line to Dulles Airport and Loudoun County. That phase won't be complete until 2018.

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