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Join us to ride the first Silver Line train

The first Silver Line train taking passengers on the new tracks will leave at noon on Saturday, July 26. Let's ride together!

Photo by wfyurasko on Flickr.

We'll be congregating at the new Wiehle-Reston East station leading up to the noon train. Since this spot is not Metro-accessible at that time (but will be after), we've set up this form to organize carpools as well as get a count of how many people to expect.

We'll ride the train from Wiehle to East Falls Church together. Then you can keep going back to your part of the region, or turn around and head back to Wiehle. If you want to see the new Tysons Corner stations, part of the group will be getting off the train at each of those stations, then exploring the station until the next train arrives.

So mark your calendars and RSVP here!

Fairfax County is trying to determine what buses could take you from a Metro station to Wiehle that morning. The Fairfax Connector 505 bus currently runs from West Falls Church to Wiehle, but won't anymore after the Silver Line opens, and Fairfax is switching the bus schedules at the start of the day. According to Nick Perfili of Fairfax County, officials are working on planning how to have some service to Wiehle that morning. We will post the information when it's available.

Then, do a pub crawl!

Also, Payton Chung is organizing a Silver Line-based pub crawl beginning at 4 pm (with a clever Old West theme):

The long awaited RAIL-ROAD linking the NATION'S CAPITAL to the Province of FAIRFAX to its West has at long last been completed!

The "SILVER ROUTE" will see passenger trains leave LARGO through WASHINGTON to RESTON.

To celebrate this Most Momentous Occasion, a PUB CRAWL shall call upon the Most Esteemed Saloons located along the new "SILVER ROUTE."

Gathering within the Prosperous Village of EAST FALLS CHURCH at 4 P.M. at Chasin' Tails, 2200 Westmoreland St., overflowing next door into One More Page Books. Then, in a scant 12 Minutes, avoiding the Dangers of the Road, arriving at 6 P.M. at Clyde's, 8332 Leesburg Pike, near GREENSBORO. After a Short Stroll through the "Walkable, Sustainable, Urban Center" of Fairfax, the Crawl will conclude at 8 P.M. at Wasabi Sushi, at the heart of the dazzling TYSONS CORNER Center.

Come One, Come All!

See you on the 26th!
David Alpert is the founder of Greater Greater Washington and its board president. He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He now lives with his wife and two children in Dupont Circle. 


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Sweet! I just responded.

I had planned to take the Metro out to West Falls Church and a Fairfax Connector bus (the 505) from there. However, once the Silver Line opens, the 505 is supposed to be cut back to Wiehle, so I'm not sure what the situation will be that Saturday morning before Silver Line service starts at noon. I sent a question to Fairfax Connector yesterday about this.

by TimK65 on Jun 24, 2014 11:04 am • linkreport

Aaand I should have read the entire article! :P I can understand why Fairfax Connector can't switch the service in the middle of the day, but it's also not reasonable to strand people at Wiehle that morning with no rail service. Surely there are some people who need the Metro that morning?

by TimK65 on Jun 24, 2014 11:05 am • linkreport

Metro just announced its Silver line TV commercials:

by JDC on Jun 24, 2014 11:25 am • linkreport

For geocachers... this event is setup for the first day of weekday service.

by bernsa on Jun 24, 2014 11:57 am • linkreport

The form has an "I could drive, but also could get a ride if there is space" option for the TO, but not for the return.

by Bossi on Jun 24, 2014 12:08 pm • linkreport

You might want to add a place to enter the number of people in a group, so that each person doesn't have to sign up separately.

by David on Jun 24, 2014 12:24 pm • linkreport

Bossi: I figured that if the person drives up, they can drive back. So I changed the text for "I can drive" back to "I can drive back (if I drive there)." Does that address your comment?

David: I've added a number of people field.

by David Alpert on Jun 24, 2014 12:28 pm • linkreport

One thing that puzzles me is why are the trains starting at noon when Noma, Largo Town Center and the Green Line extension to Branch Ave opened early in the day.

I remember being at Noma at 8am that Saturday when it opened back in 04 cause I had to go somewhere; the grand opening was later that day but the trains were stopping there.

by kk on Jun 24, 2014 4:34 pm • linkreport

Seriously, how do you do that great "old west railroad" setup and not make the "Manifest Density!" joke?

by Dan on Jun 24, 2014 5:51 pm • linkreport

We'll be out of town that Saturday and will miss the fun! Mucho envious.

by David Gorsline on Jun 24, 2014 7:59 pm • linkreport

I wish I could join the fun, but I'll be out of town that week. I had hoped to ride my bike to the first ride.

by Reston on Jun 24, 2014 9:19 pm • linkreport


All of WMATA's segment openings happened at the regularly schedule opening time that existed during era of those openings with the exception of the 03 27 1976 opening. On 03 27 1976 passengers were allowed to board the trains after the conclusion of the ceremonies at Rhode Island Avenue.

I don't know what WMATA has planed in the form of opening ceremonies for the Silver line. Me thinks they want to have a captive audience for the opening ceremonies if such an event is planed before the let folks ride the trains.

After all it is an election year.

by Sand Box John on Jun 24, 2014 11:14 pm • linkreport

@ Sand Box John

Okay that may be the case with some stations but Noma was open for a fact the same time as the rest of the line I was there waiting for the train and they were setting up when i arrived.

"All of WMATA's segment openings happened at the regularly schedule opening time that existed during era of those openings"

So why is the first train at noon on the 26th than ? Wouldnt the first train leave at like 7 something from Wiehle & 7 something from Largo is the openings happened at regularly scheduled opening times ?

by kk on Jun 25, 2014 1:30 pm • linkreport

@Dan: dang! Good call -- you paid more attention in US history class than I did, obvs.

by Payton Chung on Jun 29, 2014 3:52 pm • linkreport

I submitted the RSVP, but not yet received any email with more info on a carpool. Are we still planning for us a group event?

by Randolph Tidd on Jul 21, 2014 11:59 am • linkreport

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