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All Aboard! Sen. Kaine Rides Silver Line

by RestonNow.com — December 13, 2016 at 2:50 pm 11 Comments

Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld and Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) ride the Silver Line (Photo via Twitter/Tim Kaine)

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) took a trip with Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld on the Silver Line today to check on the progress of its construction, WTOP reported.

The senator got on a train at Tysons Corner and rode it to the Wiehle-Reston East station. He then took a bus to Dulles International Airport, which is one of six future Silver Line stops.

“I’m very excited to see it,” Kaine said, according to WTOP. “It’s just a necessary project to keep up with the growth of Northern Virginia.”

Photo via Twitter/Tim Kaine

  • Maybe he can come up with the $10 billion ten year shortfall the Metro is facing?

    • Mike M

      You mean take out a loan from China or raise our taxes?

      • Yep ever since they decided to Dog-Leg it around Tysons we have needed some Chinese Dollars and even more now.

  • Maglev already

    Just to feel right about this story Sen K should make the trip again, but with luggage. “I’m very excited to see it,”

    • Rational Reston

      Reminds me of the smug video from Sharon Bulova as the discussion of Dulles’ station was raging. She was looking at her phone saying “see this isn’t so bad” on the people mover. Uh, try that with luggage and a couple of kids. Or even better after arriving from a flight from Asia, Africa, or Europe.

  • cRAzy

    Wonder if he had to wait 20 minutes for the next train, which then decoupled half way back, on its way to Reston? At least he wasn’t stranded mid-way. I’m sure Wiedefeld was sweating bullets the whole time.

  • pmruiz

    Um… Tysons Corner to Wiehle is not in the single tracking area; it’s clear there. The only inconvenience Senator Kaine would have endured was the 20-minute delay between trains. But if he genuinely wants to see progress — and experience what Virginia riders are experiencing every day — he should get on at Wiehle at 8:20 a.m. and take it to Ballston.

    • Rational Reston

      Note that in the picture that they’re riding a spiffy new and clean car.

      For an even more enjoyable Silver Line experience, Senator Kaine should hop on a Wiehle bound train from the district at about 430PM!

      • cRAzy

        Don’t you just love the aroma of 100 of your neighbors in a closed rail car stalled for an hour in the Rosslyn tunnel???

      • Willie Reston

        That’s not one of the new cars.

        • Rational Reston

          OK, but it’s a “newer” car. Unlike a lot of cars on the Silver Line.

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