Metro’s Silver Line extension is on the map — literally.
The transit agency said Friday that it is rolling out a new system map to stations, trains and transit centers that depicts the six new stations on the extension of the Silver Line — Reston Town Center, Herndon, Innovation Center, Washington Dulles International Airport, Loudoun Gateway and Ashburn.
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It’ll also show Potomac Yard as a “future station” on the Blue and Yellow lines, as well as the changes to station names approved by the board of directors earlier this month:
Largo Town Center changes to Downtown Largo;
Prince George’s Plaza changes to Hyattsville Crossing;
White Flint changes to North Bethesda;
West Falls Church-VT/UVA changes to West Falls Church-VT; and
Tysons Corner changes to Tysons.
Metro said it’ll take about a month to change all the maps over.
It’s a show of confidence that the Silver Line extension will be opening as planned. Simulated service will begin next month, Metro said in a statement; then there are still safety certifications from the Federal Transit Administration and the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission to come; after that, Metro will coordinate with local bus operators to make connections. After all that, a date to begin service will be set.
The original planned opening date for the extension of the Silver Line was 2018.
CLICK TO EXPAND: The new Metro system map. (Courtesy WMATA)