Confidential Restonian Operative "Chris" set the Twitters ON FIRE with this photo of the Wiehle Avenue Metro station from an earlier, more innocent -- dare we say, more optimistic -- time. Ah, sweet schoolgirl memories.
Of course, we learned this week that no one has a clue when the Silver Line will actually open. While headlines saying the opening has been delayed "indefinitely" are probably a reach, this doesn't exactly instill confidence:
The revelations Wednesday at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority’s monthly board of director’s meeting prompted former congressman Thomas M. Davis III, chairman of the panel’s Dulles Corridor Committee, to dub the ongoing saga “a soap opera” and request that the authority begin exploring its legal options.Among the new revelations: the fact that "hundreds of speakers at the five stations will have to be torn out and replaced because they don’t meet fire code. And cable that allows radio communication inside a tunnel in Tysons Corner will have to be replaced because it also does not meet code requirements." Hey, why sweat the small stuff, right?
“How close are we to substantial completion?” an exasperated Davis demanded at one point.
Project officials had no good answers.
“We’re going down the list, and we’re checking it twice,’’ said Pat Nowakowski, executive director of the Silver Line project. “I can’t give you a time because I don’t have one.”
Added MWAA’s president and chief executive, John E. Potter: “You can’t call a date right now. There’s just too much in flux.”
On top of all that, we've now learned that the original banner had a typo. Here's how it was supposed to read:
So we're doing pretty good, actually.