Loudoun supervisors got an update on Metro’s progress extending the Silver Line during their May 2 meeting, with all signs pointing to passenger service starting in the first quarter of 2020.
Construction of the last section of the Silver Line, which will open three stops in Loudoun, is nearly halfway done, according to the county staff. Three stations are under construction: the Loudoun Gateway station, on the northern reach of Dulles Airport property at the intersection of the Dulles Greenway and Old Ox Road; and the Ashburn station, on the Greenway and between Loudoun County Parkway and Mooreview Parkway; and the third near Dulles Airport terminal.
The Loudoun Gateway station is expected to be complete October 2018, with the Ashburn station wrapping up construction in February 2019. Stations and garages are beginning to take shape, with steel and precast concrete being assembled.
Loudoun will also eventually be home to the Metro’s Dulles Yard, which will be the largest rail yard in the system when it opens.
“I was going to make a snarky comment about the metro presentation we had—does that mean we can’t give it back?” Supervisor Matthew F. Letourneau (R-Dulles) later commented. “Because we have people coming to us routinely suggesting that we somehow undo that deal as if all that stuff that’s there at the Greenway and beyond is not actually there.”