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WMATA 2000-series cars make up a test train on the westbound track along the Dulles Connector Road south of Old Chain Bridge Road. Photo by John Cambron, January 2014.

Overview

The Silver line is the second addition beyond the originally envisioned 97 mile Metro system planned in the late 1960s. Like the Blue line extension to Largo Town Center, it was shown as a future line to Dulles International Airport on planning maps. The first phase of the 23 mile line branches from the Orange line roughly 1/2 mile east of the West Falls Church station, and runs 11.5 miles to Wiehle - Reston East on the west side of Reston, Virginia in Fairfax County. The second phase presently under construction will continue west from Reston to Dulles International Airport and beyond to Ashburn in Loudoun County.

The stations are radically different compared to the older surface and elevated station. No wayfinding pylons are found on the mezzanine and platforms. Pedestrian bridges connecting the entrances to the mezzanines feature poured in place concrete floors trimmed with red granite. Mezzanines feature red square concrete pavers trimmed with gray square concrete pavers. Platforms feature red concrete pavers that mimic the hexagon tile in the older stations. All station entrances are ADA accessible. Access between levels at the entrance and between the platforms and mezzanine feature two elevators and at least one escalator.

Unlike previous segments of the system, the Silver line was not built under the supervision of WMATA. Construction of the line was and is being supervised by the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority under the Virginia Public-Private Transportation Act.

$900 million of the $2.9 billion capital cost for the first phase was funded by the federal government. The remainder of the capital costs are being funded using revenue from the Dulles Toll Road and special taxing districts on commercial property. The second phase will be funded entirely with local funds from the Dulles Toll Road and special taxing districts.

Utility relocation and preparatory construction began in early 2008 with principle construction beginning in early 2009. The first phase of the Silver line opened from Largo Town Center to Wiehle - Reston East on July 26, 2014.

For stations between East Fall Church and Court House, please see the WMATA Orange Line section. For stations between Rosslyn and Largo Town Center, please see the WMATA Blue Line section.

Station By Station

Wiehle - Reston East. We start at the Phase I terminal located in the median of the Dulles Access Road west of Wiehle Avenue. It features a steel and sheet metal arched roof with skylights over the mezzanine on the east end of the station above an island platform. It has entrances on both sides of the Dulles Access / Toll Roads. The north entrance is on the south side of the plaza in the Reston Station development. Under the plaza is a nine-bay bus terminal, Kiss and Ride, and a 2,300 space underground parking garage. The south entrance is on the south side of the exit ramp from the eastbound Dulles Toll road to Wiehle Avenue and has five bus bays.

West of the station is a is a pocket track for turning trains and a tail track beyond for storing trains.

Spring Hill. This island platform station is elevated in the median of Leesburg Pike between Spring Hill Road and Tyco Road / Westwood Center Drive. It features a steel and sheet metal pitched peaked roof covering the center half of the platform. The mezzanine is below the platform on the east end with pedestrian bridges accessing entrances on both sides of Leesburg Pike. A small Kiss and Ride lot is adjacent to the north entrance. Both ends of the platforms have emergency exit stairs that descend to ground in the median of Leesburg Pike.

On the elevated, west of Tyco Road, is a double crossover. The elevated structure curves west from the median of Leesburg Pike and descends into the median of the Dulles Access Road. There are two additional sets of crossovers in the median of the Dulles Access Road between Leesburg Pike and the Wiehle - Reston East station because of the distance between the stations.

The tracks are elevated between the Spring Hill and Greensboro stations.

Greensboro. The station is in the median of Leesburg Pike located between Pinnacle Drive and Westpark Drive / Gosnell Road. The east end of the station is in a retained cut, the west end is on a retained fill. It features an arched roof over the mezzanine on the east end of the station above an island platform. Pedestrian bridges accessing the entrances lead to both sides of Leesburg Pike.

Tunnels under the highest point of Tysons Corner connect the Greensboro and Tysons Corner stations.

Tysons Corner. The island platform station is elevated on the north side of Chain Bridge Road at Tysons Boulevard. It features a steel and sheet metal arched roof with skylights over the mezzanine on the west end of the station above the platform. Under the west end of the station is an entrance that has two sets of escalators that ascend beyond the west end of platform to the mezzanine above the platform. The elevators and stairs ascend to the mezzanine to the right of escalators. A pedestrian bridge accesses an entrance on the south side of Chain Bridge Road west of Tysons Boulevard. An additional pedestrian bridge connects the entrance to the pedestrian plaza at Tysons Tower on the north side of Tysons Corner Center. The east end of the station has an emergency exit stairway that descends to the ground.

West of the station in a retained cut is a double crossover.

McLean. The island platform station is elevated on the north side of Dolley Madison Boulevard between Scotts Crossing Road / Colshire Drive and Capital One Drive. It features a steel and sheet metal pitched peaked roof covering the center half of the platform. The mezzanine is below the center and east end of the platform. Under the east end of the station is an entrance that has two sets of escalators to left and two elevators at right that ascend to the mezzanine. A pedestrian bridge accesses an entrance on the south side of Dolley Madison Boulevard west of Colshire Drive. A Kiss and Ride lot and taxi stand is adjacent to entrance. Both ends of the platforms have emergency exit stairs that descend to ground.

The tracks are elevated between the Tysons Corner and McLean stations. A double crossover is located east of the station at Anderson Road. East of Anderson Road the elevated curves south and descends into the median of the Dulles Connector Road south of Old Chain Bridge Road. An additional crossover is located in the median of the Dulles Connector Road because of the distance between the McLean Station and the junction with the Orange line.

Photo Gallery


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Photos By Location

Wiehle-Reston East, Spring Hill, Greensboro, Tysons Corner, McLean, Dulles Connector Road, West Falls Church - Silver Line Connection

Page Credits

By John Cambron.









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