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Metro: Wiehle-Reston East Busiest Silver Line Station By Far

by Karen Goff — August 5, 2014 at 9:30 am 1,371 7 Comments

Metro passengers at the Wiehle-Reston East turnstiles Monday, July 28/Credit: Ken Plum Close to 20,000 daily trips are starting or ending at the Silver Line’s Wiehle-Reston East station, making the end-of-the-line spot the busiest of the five new stations, Metro says.

The Silver Line is “off to a solid start, with nearly 220,000 trips taken to or from the five new stations during the first week of service (noon Saturday, July 26 through noon Sunday, August 3),” said Metro spokesman Dan Stessel.

Prior to the opening of the Silver Line — Metro’s first new rail line since 1991 — the agency said its goal was to have 25,000 daily boardings after the line had been operating a year. Traffic is two-thirds of the way there already, says Stessel — on average, 15,942 passengers boarded a Silver Line train at one of the five new stations each weekday last week.

Metro says between 8,000 and 9,000 of the boardings at Silver Line stations were existing Metrorail customers who switched from the Orange Line to one of the five new stations. Approximately 6,000 boardings represents new ridership.

Weekday ridership totals (entries/exits) for the five new stations — McLean, Tysons Corner, Greensboro, Spring Hill and Wiehle-Reston East :

Total Weekday Trips to/from the Five New Silver Line Stations

Monday: 30,846
Tuesday: 33,287
Wednesday: 32, 939
Thursday: 34,364
Friday: 33,118

Weekday Entry/Exit Breakdown by Station

Greensboro
Monday: 1,614
Tuesday: 1,678
Wednesday: 1,773
Thursday: 1,865
Friday: 1,605

McLean
Monday: 2,668
Tuesday: 3,045
Wednesday: 3,012
Thursday: 3,222
Friday: 2,870

Spring Hill
Monday: 2,681
Tuesday: 2,879
Wednesday: 2,862
Thursday: 2,858
Friday: 2,718

Tysons Corner
Monday: 6,658
Tuesday: 6,959
Wednesday: 6,811
Thursday: 6,803
Friday: 7,699

Wiehle-Reston East 
Monday: 17,225
Tuesday: 18,726
Wednesday: 18,481
Thursday: 19,616
Friday: 18,226

How has your Silver Line experience been so far? Tell us in the comments. 

  • Paul

    Does anyone know why they are charging for parking at the Wiehle-Reston Station on the weekends? I was under the impression weekends were FREE??

    • Karen Goff

      Yes, weekends are free.

    • annon

      Did you park at the private garage? My understanding is the Comstock garage will charge on the weekends, while the County owned and WMATA run garage is free.

      • Paul

        yes, I must have parked at the private garage and didn’t realize the difference and paid on sunday. good to know going forward…..thx.

        • Don

          The sleepy news guys are missing the point that Metro completely failed in a simpke task for a 3 billion $$ project. Put signs up the people can understand. Comstock made some free money this weekend. Suckers. Me too got taken. Nobody seems to care in the Metro management.

      • Alice T

        I must’ve parked at the Comstock lot to0/ Which one is the WMATA lot?

        • North Restonian

          From Whiele, it’s the at the end of the building.

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