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Simulated Service Set To Begin On Silver Line In July, But Opening Date Still Unannounced

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Metro's top official says the Silver Line project is in the home stretch, but refuses to name a date for when the rail line to Reston will open.

In a unanimous vote, Metro's board of directors has authorized General Manager Richard Sarles to name a start date for the Silver Line. But Sarles isn't ready to actually do that yet.

"We are focused on getting the work done. We want to get it done as soon as possible. We want the system to be safe and we want it to be reliable for our customers. To impose publicly a specific date can run contrary to that objective," Sarles said.

Metro has said Silver Line contractor Bechtel has fallen behind schedule fixing the last remaining punch-list items holding up the project's completion. But Jackie Jeter, the president of the local transit union, says Metro's deputy general manager, Rob Troup, confirmed to her simulated service—trial runs to train rail operators—will start July 20.

"We have a July 20 simulated service date," Jeter said. "So unless they come to me and tell me we are not ready to go and the service is not going, then we are set to go. But when I asked [Troup] about it today, he told me we are still on board, so that is what we are going with."

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