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Silver Line Opens With Big Fanfare And Crowds, Few Problems

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The Wiehle-Reston East station was swamped for the first public rides on the new Silver Line.
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The Wiehle-Reston East station was swamped for the first public rides on the new Silver Line.
Among the dignitaries that was on-hand for the Silver Line debut was Teddy. (Matt Laslo/WAMU)

Now that trains are running on the Silver Line, area residents are hoping the transit extension brings more money to the area.

The running of the first Silver Line train was welcomed by a crowd. And while there were a few opening day hiccups — like the first train full of public officials overshooting a Metro platform — most people are excited about the completion of the first phase of the project which was more than a decade in the making.

D.C. resident Jason Amirhadji recalls growing up near the new Spring Hill Metro platform. He calls the area an “urban tragedy,” though he’s hoping more shops and restaurants will come now that Metro stops have been added.

“Growing up there was nothing — it was like Tyson’s Corner or bust. So hopefully it becomes something," he says.

The next phase of the project that extends to Dulles Airport is expected to be finished in 2018. Until then, you can catch an express shuttle to the airport. The new bus service also opened yesterday.

Riders can access the bus service to the airport at the Silver Line's Wiehle-Reston East station. Service operates every 20 minutes and every 15 minutes during the weekday morning and afternoon rush. The fare is $5 each way, cash or credit.

Before this weekend, riders could only take the Orange Line to the West Falls Church station then take the Washington Flyer Coach service to Dulles for $10. The new option replaces that service.

The next big test for the Silver Line will be on Monday, when weekday commuters will get to try out the system for the first time.

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