Saturday, December 1, 2012

Silver Line Could cost Metro Millions More Than Expected

The Washington Post reports that Metro may have to spend millions more than anticipated to operate the new Silver Line because trains will have to travel farther east than planned, according to two people with knowledge of the problem.

Transit officials originally expected eastbound Silver Line service to end at the Stadium-Armory stop, according to the two sources. But officials have since concluded that the tight turning space near the station would make it difficult for trains to reverse course there. Instead, trains will travel five additional stops to Largo before turning around to head back toward Virginia.

The change could cost Metro $4.5 million a year more to operate the line, according to the two people familiar with the problem and the plan to deal with it. The individuals spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak publicly on the issue.

The Post adds that the extended distance will require 20 to 30 more rail cars, which can be pulled from existing stock but will require Metro to ramp up maintenance on the existing fleet to ensure they are ready, sources said. The plan will also require additional personnel.

Read the complete Washington Post article

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