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Sarles is expected to announce that the Silver Line will be "operationally ready" on May 27.
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Sarles is expected to announce that the Silver Line will be "operationally ready" on May 27.

Metro General Manager Richard Sarles intends to announce the Silver Line will be ready for the next step in the process toward opening it to passengers, during a conference call scheduled on Monday morning, according to sources close to the project.

Sarles is expected to say the Silver Line will be "operationally ready" on May 27. That means—barring any further setbacks—Metro will take the project from the airports authority so it can begin final testing and workforce training, which can last up to 90 days.

The Silver Line remains on track for a possible summer opening. The $3 billion project has been plagued by several delays involving the work of its contractor team led by Bechtel. The Silver Line originally was supposed to open at the start of the year.

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