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POLL: How Has Your Silver Line Commute Been Lately?

by RestonNow.com November 8, 2016 at 2:45 pm 7 Comments

Metro signMetro officials acknowledged last week that slower train speeds and added travel times for riders across the system are the new normal for the foreseeable future.

Since the Silver Line train derailment in July, the transit agency has instituted an increasing number of speed restrictions throughout the system. These mandatory slowdowns have been issued to address a multitude of problems, from worn rail ties to missing fasteners that hold rails in place.

On the Silver Line, trains have reportedly been observed going 75 mph on straightaway stretches from McLean to East Falls Church and from Wiehle-Reston East to Spring Hill. Operators of the Silver Line trains were disciplined for the speeding, according to a Washington Post article. Additionally, new software is being installed on trains that would prevent them from going over 60 mph.

With all this news about trains moving too quickly or slowly, we want to know: How has your Silver Line commute been lately? Weigh in by taking our poll below:

  • Lynn Brown

    its not clear why every time there is a problem in downtown DC it is the silver line which is stopped at Ballston, even when the orange line is safe tracking, to reduce the number of trains downtown. Why do silver line riders always have to change at Ballston, waiting for the orange to go to DC, or often waiting a very long time to pick up the silver when heading back to Wiehle?
    If this is always going to be the case why can’t the feeder buses serve both Wiehle Ave and West Falls Church, as before the silver line opened. If I can’t get direct to DC on the silver line I’d rather take a bus to WFC as I used to – which was also cheaper. But we can no longer get buses to WFC from places like Herndon Monroe as we used to. We are stuck paying more for poorer service and a longer commute.

    • Greg

      Because the idiots who pushed to bring the silver line knew about these sorts of issues and simply chose to ignore them. There is one tunnel under the Potomac and it was at capacity before the silver line opened. It will cost at least two billion dollars to build another tunnel. Only government could screw things up so badly — and, of course, it’s the same government that Hudgins is part of. Twice — Fairfax and Metro boards.

      • 30yearsinreston

        Hudgins is a total disaster

        • Mike M

          Virginia, we have an L-Word problem. Unfortunately the GOP has no answers. Let’s clean house!

  • Mike M

    Since I don’t go downtown everyday, I have no use for that white elephant. When I do go downtown I go early or off hours, and I drive because it is cheaper, faster, and more reliable to drive and park than to use Metro.

    • Greg

      Same here. And we know of a few hidden / secret and free, but public, parking spaces right off the Potomac River Freeway.

  • Janice Porter

    When I have to take Metro to go to DC which is once or twice a month I drive down to Pentagon City and take Metro from there. The fare is a lot less and if I shop at Nordstrom parking is free.


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