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Silver Line Service Still in Question for Wednesday

by Karen Goff January 26, 2016 at 4:20 pm 6 Comments

Metro SIlver Line Map/Credit: MetroMetro says that the Red, Orange, Blue, Green and Yellow lines will all open for regular service at 5 a.m. Wednesday.

The Silver Line? They still don’t know.

“It is not yet known whether service can be restored on the Silver Line in time for morning rush hour due to ongoing ice and snow clearing efforts,” Metro said in a statement Tuesday afternoon.

If the Silver Line is not running, free shuttle buses will be provided starting at 5 a.m. between all Silver Line stations and West Falls Church, where connections can be made to the Orange Line, says Metro.

Metrorail service will operate on a modified weekday service with trains running every 8 minutes on each line. Stations that are served by multiple lines will see more frequent service.

The system has slowly been getting back to regular service since shutting down late Friday night through Saturday and Sunday as the blizzard raged through the area.

Progress has been slow to recover at the above-ground stations, where ice and snow have accumulated on the tracks following the storm that dumped nearly three feet of snow here.

All five of Fairfax County’s Silver Line stations, including Wiehle-Reston East, are above ground.

For complete Metro info, visit Metro’s website.

  • Greg

    Too bad no one was listening when the wise call to bury it through Tysons was made.

    • North Restonian

      That wouldn’t have made a difference for the track between East Falls Church and Tysons.

      • Greg

        I didn’t say it would. However, why is the silver line not working when the rest of the metro is?

      • Chuck Morningwood

        It would have meant less track to clear, especially elevated track.

  • Daltronn Preston

    Did the RA or FFX co pick up snow removal for sidewalks and FFX co paths leading to Reston Station? I thought VDOT was supposed to be aware not to create 7ft high mounds at intersections and plow unnecessarily onto these routes.

    I don’t see how the trail plow could break through these even if it wanted to. The Silver line isn’t even open and I saw a couple of people walking in the street along Sunset Hills after dark. You couldn’t even walk safely from the park and ride lot to the Metro as of an hour ago.

    Any updates from your 2014 articles Karen? Even the FFX co documentation on this hadn’t appeared to have been solidified since then.

    (this storm is an extreme case I know, but the sidewalk/path issue is still concerning)

  • Trapped

    Unless they remove the snow from the side walks around the station I don’t think it’s safe to use the train. Just sane

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