More Than 50K Riders Used Silver Line Opening Weekend

Thousands of Metro riders checked out Metro’s new Silver Line over the weekend.

The new rail line — Metro’s first since 1991 — opened at noon on Saturday and immediately had hundreds of curious riders ready to check out the station and the five-stop line from Reston’s Wiehle Avenue through Tysons Corner.

Some riders made a short hop to Tysons Corner. Others took it all the way downtown. A Washington Post reporter rode the Silver Line from Wiehle-Reston East  all the way to Largo Town Center, the Eastern End of the line, and reported it took roughly 75 minutes. A bunch of Restonians tried it out by heading to the Billy Joel concert at Nationals Park Saturday night.

On Sunday, a steady stream of pedestrians, bikers and cars entered and exited Reston Station Boulevard — just as though the Silver Line had always been there.

Metro says Silver Line ridership for the weekend was about 51,000 trips to or from the five new stations (about 32,000 Saturday and 19,000 Sunday).

It was busy again Monday morning. More than 7,000 riders entered or exited at Wiehle-Reston East, making it the 12th busiest of Metro’s 91 stations.

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