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Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Silver Line Phase 2 Opens, Robbing Reston Of Its Presence On Metro Signage Announcing Elevator Outages Regionwide

It's official: Reston is no longer at the edge of the known world, at least if you're one of the Sleestaks wage slaves commuting to work on Metro every day. With the grand opening of Phase 2 of the Silver Line today, some weird place called "Ashburn" is now the end of the line, in more ways than one. We'll have to check it out one day! 

But we digress. Today's official grand opening celebration included ribbon cuttings, a couple of weird stories by area politicians, including Sen. Tim Kaine dreaming about flying trains and Loudoun County's one remaining county supervisor from a pivotal vote back in ought-twelve recalling how they almost blew it, on account of bloggers, and more! Our VIP invitation must have gotten lost in the mail, but the good news is our fellow YouTube viewers found all the pomp and circumstance quite riveting:

We haven't seen such a shocking lack of decorum since the last time we watched a DRB meeting online. But again, we digress. Show us the swag!

One day, you can show these to your grandchildren and tell them about the time the government provided a (semi-) functional service to its citizens. The way things are going for Metro, local governments, and the whole democratic experiment in general, that day may be... very soon.

Here's some exciting video of the first train leaving Dulles:

And more:

And still more!

And if you're really into this kind of thing, please to be enjoying this Instagram video of the entire new segment of the line, from Wiehle-Reston East to Ashburn.

And yes, we plan on doing some investigative journalism, whatever that is, by recreating our historic ride on the Silver Line into DC in the other direction. If anyone has a contact with the Brambleton consulate and can help arrange a 24-hour visa for Loudoun County, that would be a big help, the end.

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