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The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is constructing a 23-mile extension (the Silver Line) of the Metrorail system, which will be operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority from East Falls Church to Washington Dulles International Airport. The extension will serve the Reston-Herndon area, the state's second largest employment concentration. It will provide a one-seat ride from Dulles International Airport to downtown Washington.
The project includes 11 stations. It will be built in two phases. Phase 1, which opened on July 26, 2014, runs from East Falls Church to Wiehle Avenue on the eastern edge of Reston. Phase 2 will run from Wiehle Avenue into eastern Loudoun County and is tentatively scheduled to open in 2018.
The Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station is located along the Dulles Toll Road (route 267) and is near the intersection of Wiehle Avenue and Sunset Hills Road. The station has a parking garage, a bicycle room and can be accessed by various commuter buses, including the Fairfax Connector line. Click here for more information on bus service to the Silver Line. Click here for advice from Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling on the best ways to bicycle to all of the Silver Line stations. Reston Association's Getting Around page also has tips on routes to the Reston station.
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June-Sept. 2011 photos (click images to enlarge)
January 2012 photos (click images to enlarge)
Click here for July 26, 2014 grand opening photos on the RA Facebook page.