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Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 12:58 p.m.

Silver Line construction faces more delays

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Rachael Gerendasy.

The opening of the Silver Line was pushed back again this week because of more snags with the ambitious project’s construction.

The project, which would extend the Metro rail system an additional 23 miles and eventually connect to Dulles Airport, has already faced substantial delays. The first phase of the project, which would extend the Orange Line to Reston, Va., was initially slated to open last year.


Construction on the Silver Line has been delayed again. Hatchet File Photo

Dulles Transit Partners, project’s contractor, has failed to meet seven of 12 criteria set by the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority, including safety features, according to a Washington Post report.

“Today it is our determination that [Dulles Transit Partners] failed to achieve substantial completion based on the documents we’ve reviewed,” Pat Nowakowski, executive director of the rail project, told the Post.

Trains will not start taking passengers on the line until the summer, though the added delays should not bump up the cost of the $5.6 billion project.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority will meet with Dulles Transit Partners Tuesday to discuss the remaining issues, which include automatic train control system, elevator and escalator problems, water leaks, and incomplete paperwork.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012 9:56 p.m.

Official: Silver Line to exceed its budget


A Metro train departs from the Foggy Bottom Metro station. Hatchet File Photo

Correction appended

The first phase of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail project will likely come in overbudget, a rail administrator told the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority today.

Pat Nowakowski, executive director of the Dulles Metrorail Project, said phase one of the project will exceed its $2.8 billion budget, WTOP reported. The Fairfax County Office of Financial and Program Audit found in October that the rail project was already six months behind schedule.

Unforeseen safety changes are the reason behind the shortfall, but Nowakowski said it is unknown if the first phase will need the extra $150 million he requested. Any leftover funds, he said, will go toward and emergency fund for later phases.

The two-phase plan will construct the 23-mile Silver Line, an extension of the existing Metro system to Dulles International Airport and Tyson’s Corner in Virginia. The first phase includes building an off-shoot of the Orange Line at East Falls Church to the Wiehle Avenue Station in Reston, Va., while the second portion will add a line reaching Loudon County, Va. and Dulles International Airport.

Phase one is expected to be operational by the end of 2013.

This post was updated April 19, 2012 to reflect the following:
Due to an editing error, The Hatchet incorrectly identified Pat Nowakowski as “she.” Nowakowski is male.

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