After months of speculation, it looks like the awesome Metro Silver Line just might open by "summer"* after all. Metro is now scheduled to take control of the rail line next Tuesday, unless that "target date" gets pushed back, which means it could conceivably begin operations in another 90 days, or maybe sooner, unless it doesn't. Give us some highly specific blockquote, BFFs at the Washington Post:
Metro General Manager Richard Sarles would not comment on a specific start date for passenger service, but that target takeover date of May 27 raises hopes that trains could begin running in late July or early August. Metro has 90 days to complete its work, but Sarles has hinted that the transit authority may not need the full three months.So much for
Officials from the Federal Transit Administration and the Tri-State Oversight Committee, which oversees Metro’s operations, also will conduct their own independent safety reviews during the 90-day period. Both agencies must sign off on the rail line before it can open to passengers.Keep clapping, kids!
* Remember that "summer" starts in December -- at least in some parts of the world: