Loudoun County Taxpayers will be on the hook for the estimated $22.9mm per year contribution to Metro

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A few years after ignoring the input from experts and concerned citizens who tried to prevent this project from getting a foothold in Loudoun’s operating budget, the first concrete signs have emerged making it clear that Loudoun’s annual commitment has just begun to rise.

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Silver Line Announces a “Start of Revenue Service” Date

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Wiehle-Reston East Station

At long last the Silver Line has a “planned” opening date, in an announcement from Metro General Manager Richard Sarles made today. The Silver Line plans to be open on Saturday July 26st for service to the general public. Sarles warned that this date is not guaranteed because there are items that need to be completed in order to achieve that goal. Read the entire article here. http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/silver-line-service-will-begin/2014/06/23/54a04860-fa2d-11e3-b1f4-8e77c632c07b_story.html

Cost and Travel Time

Riders originating from the Wiehle-Reston East and ending at the Pentagon station will have an estimated 44 minute ride and pay $5.90 during peak times or $3.60 during off-peak times. If you want to plan for your first trip, go to the following link and enter your starting point and destination for cost and an estimated travel time. http://silverlinemetro.com/sv-service/

Locations

There are 5 stations completed in this Phase of the Silver Line build out, I have provided a link to their map showing the locations of the stations. http://silverlinemetro.com/sv-neighborhoods/

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The Silver Line brochure can be viewed at the following link and provides a good overview of pertinent information for prospective riders.

http://silverlinemetro.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/SilverLineBrochure.pdf

Parking

I am sure you have already heard that parking is limited at the stations that provide it and nonexistent at those that don’t, unless you count private parking options. Wiehle-Reston East offers 2047 unreserved parking space and McLean has 9 motorcycle spaces and access to a privately run lot with 700 spaces (for which I couldn’t find a price). The rest offer no parking. I was able to find the following link that quotes the daily parking rate for Wiehle-Reston East at $4.75 per day. http://166.94.9.135/connector/routes/silverline/wiehlerestoneaststation.htm

Airport Access

If you are interested in using the Silver Line to reach Dulles Airport, the good news is you can, the bad news is you will need to board a bus from Wiehle-Reston East to the airport. The plan is that Phase II will be completed by 2018 which will provide riders with a direct connection to Dulles.