Adding 12,000 trips to the Metrorail system each day
Phase 1 of the Silver Line is now open, providing rail service connecting downtown Washington with Tysons Corner and Reston.
Less than two months after opening, the Silver Line is already performing at 60 percent of the ridership that was projected for the end of the first full year of service. An average of 15,000 riders are entering the system at the five new Silver Line stations on weekdays for a combined 30,000 trips to or from the new stations, Metro representative says.
Silver Line ridership had been projected to reach 25,000 boardings at the five new stations after one full year of service.
Metro estimates that the Silver Line is currently adding approximately 6,000 new riders -- making roughly 12,000 trips -to the Metrorail system each weekday.
The balance, approximately 9,000 riders, is primarily former Orange Line riders who have switched to the Silver Line. Wiehle- Reston East remains the Silver Line’s commuting powerhouse, having already surpassed first-year passenger projections with 8,400 boardings, or 16,800 weekday entries and exits. With convenient bus transfers, a secure bike room and a large parking garage, Wiehle-Reston East’s commuters make up around half the line’s ridership.
Source: Washington Dulles Metro Corridor Project
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