The head of the beleaguered $3 billion project to extend Metro’s Silver Line through Tysons Corner is resigning.
The contractor building the Silver Line says it has completed the first phase of the project, which includes five stations taking Metro riders from East Falls Church to Wiehle Avenue in Reston.
The first phase of Metro’s $2.8 billion extension in Virginia is now expected to be completed in November to open in early 2014.
The $2.8 billion extension of the D.C. region’s Metrorail system known as the Silver Line is now about two months behind schedule.
Metro officials say they are looking at temporary solutions to problems at a rail yard that are threatening to delay the opening of the new Silver Line.
Metro’s new silver line is scheduled to open later this year, and the transit agency is hosting several open houses to discuss changes in service with the new line.
Metro officials says new Silver Line tracks don’t appear to have been damaged in an incident during testing that caused major rush hour delays.
Metro is proposing to add more than 300 new jobs in the next budget year.
Metro is proposing a $2.5 billion budget that avoids fare hikes for the coming fiscal year.
Metro says safety is behind a decision to extend the Silver Line.
Metro faces competing demands as it replaces its oldest rail cars while expanding its fleet to cover demands of the new Silver Line when it opens.
A final deal hasn’t been reached to move forward with the second phase of Metro’s planned Silver Line expansion, which would link up with Dulles International Airport.