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New Metro map contains Silver Line extension, new station names

Metro unveiled a revised map Friday that features seven new stations and the 11½-mile Silver Line extension, signaling that the company is transferring nearer to opening the long-awaited challenge that has been beneath building for eight years.

The map is being posted in stations, trains and transit facilities. It options the addition of six stations that can open alongside the second section of the Silver Line: Reston City Heart, Herndon, Innovation Heart, Washington Dulles Worldwide Airport, Loudoun Gateway and Ashburn. The map features a marking for Loudoun County, the place the rail system will prolong for the primary time.

It additionally contains the Potomac Yard station, additionally marked as “future station,” which is scheduled to open this fall south of Reagan Nationwide Airport in Alexandria alongside the Blue and Yellow strains.

New station names just lately authorized by the Metro board are additionally included on the map. These names embrace Downtown Largo, previously Largo City Heart; Hyattsville Crossing, previously Prince George’s Plaza; North Bethesda, previously White Flint; West Falls Church-VT, which used to incorporate UVA; and Tysons, previously Tysons Nook.

Metro officers mentioned it should take a month to switch all maps throughout the transit system, together with greater than 5,000 in stations and trains.

Whereas the transit company has not set a date to open the greater than $3 billion Silver Line extension, officers have pledged to begin passenger service within the late fall, offered they obtain the wanted permits and accreditations from regulators.

On Thursday, nevertheless, Metro Common Supervisor Randy Clarke mentioned a fall begin date may very well be delayed if Metro isn’t allowed to make use of extra of its fleet by late subsequent month.

Fallout grows from Metro’s train shortage amid safety probe

Metro has been working with about half of its trains for practically a yr due to the suspension of its 7000-series rail automobiles, that are being investigated for a malfunctioning wheel downside. The collection makes up 60 % of Metro’s fleet, however has been sidelined since mid-October by the Washington Metrorail Security Fee, the company that oversees Metrorail security.

The fee has allowed Metro to make use of as much as 20 trains from the collection every day, offered their wheels are screened each 4 days. However with six stations reopening in late October south of Nationwide Airport after a six-week closure, Metro can be stretched too thinly if it additionally needed to function the Silver Line extension with its current fleet, officers mentioned.

Clarke mentioned he plans to petition the protection fee to permit Metro to reinstate extra 7000-series automobiles.

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