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No, the Silver Line doesn't open Monday, but we'll find out when it will.
On Monday, Metro is expected to announce the date for the start of passenger service on the Silver Line.
It was just two weeks ago that Metro's leadership announced the contractors were behind schedule fixing the final construction problems holding up the project's completion. Then days later, Metro said the Silver Line is in the final stretch.
Ginger Evans, interim head of the Silver Line project at the airports authority, says the lead contractor didn't fall behind schedule or make new mistakes.
"It wasn't that they weren't performing," Evans says. "It's that they had placed some overly optimistic dates on some of these individual items. There has been continuous close coordination and cooperation and effort."
Evans praises the work of Silver Line contractor Bechtel and says she is confident the rail line will be ready. Metro's general manager is expected to announce a start date Monday in a conference call with reporters.