Metro’s Silver Line Extension to Washington Dulles International Airport and Loudoun County
On Tuesday, November 15, 2022, at 10:30 a.m., Metro celebrated the opening of the Silver Line Extension with a ribbon cutting ceremony at Washington Dulles International Airport Station with U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, federal, state, and local officials, Metro General Manager and CEO Randy Clarke, Metro Board members, and Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority President and CEO Jack Potter. The extension will expand the existing Silver Line, offering six new Metro stations in Virginia and bringing Metrorail service to Washington Dulles International Airport and Loudoun County for the first time.
New shuttle to service Reston Town Center station area
With the opening of Silver Line Phase 2, the Reston Town Center Association is making sure users of the Reston Town Center Metrorail Station will have easy access to Reston Town Center and its multiple residential, office, retail, restaurant properties.
The association will provide a free shuttle service throughout the town center area.
The RTC shuttle will be free and stop every 10 minutes at six locations between 7a.m. and 7p.m. weekdays, according to Robert Goudie, executive director of the Reston Town Center Association.
Stops will include the metrorail station, Discovery Square, Window Plaza, Explorer Street/Town Square Park, Pavilion/Mercury Fountain and Hyatt Regency Reston. the loop takes about two-miles and takes about 16 minutes.
Plans call for running two vans simultaneously. That translates to six routes per hour. The service will be operated by Reston Limousine, a locally owned transportation provider .
Goudie said the association plans to wrap two buses in white, blue and chartreuse , making sure the vehicles stand out as they circle along Sunset Hills Road, Reston Parkway, Market Street, Bluemont Way, Town Center and New Dominion parkways.
In the future, the system will go electric, Goudie said.
The system is being funded via a cost-sharing agreement between members of the association.
Goudie said news of the service has been cheered by residents and office tenants.
Hunter Mill District Fairfax County Supervisor said the shuttle system will “support Fairfax County’s investment in Metrorail and provide another alternative to single occupancy vehicles” in Reston.
In preparation for the opening of Phase 2, Fairfax County is implementing multiple changes to its Fairfax Connector bus routes to best serve Silver Line users.
Pictured at top: Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority President and CEO Jack Potter and Metro General Manager and CEO Randy Clarke