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Baker Lauds Opening of Metro Silver Line

Dorothy Rowley | 7/29/2014, 1:07 p.m.
Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker called Saturday's Phase 1 opening of the Metro Silver Line the dawn of a ...
An example of what the interior of the Silver Line Metro trains will look like when the line opens later this year is seen here. (Courtesy of WMATA)

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker called Saturday's Phase 1 opening of the Metro Silver Line the dawn of a new day for public transportation and economic development in the Washington Metropolitan region.

"By further connecting the Metro system to more communities in Fairfax County and eventually to Dulles Airport and Loudoun County, our residents as well as people throughout the region will have easier access to areas of Prince George's County and Virginia that did not exist before," Baker said. "I look forward to the Silver Line stimulating economic development that will create more jobs and opportunity for our residents. It will also create a new transportation option that will help to reduce traffic on our already crowded roads and improve air quality and reduce pollution."

The first phase of the new route is part of a 23-mile extension from East Falls Church in Northern Virginia through Tysons and Reston, and eventually to Washington Dulles International Airport west to Ashburn. The second phase of the project is scheduled to begin in 2018.

Baker commended the county's Metro board members for their commitment and diligence bringing the Silver Line to fruition.

"Time and time again, in the national capital region, the phrase 'rising tides lift all ships' applies and we recognize that when one part of our region improves and progresses, we all benefit collectively," he said.