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Events roundup: Silver Line opens, Rapid Transit happy hour, central public spaces, and more

Years of anticipation have led up to this weekend: The Silver Line will officially open to passenger service. Don't miss a ride on the first train! On Wednesday, drink to rapid transit in Montgomery County or discuss Pennsylvania Avenue or Arlington's Courthouse Square.

Photo by Ben Schumin on Flickr.

And at long last... it's here!: The first Silver Line train taking passengers on the new tracks will leave at noon on Saturday, July 26. Let's ride together! We'll be congregating at the new Wiehle-Reston East station leading up to the noon train.

We had been organizing carpools, but it's not necessary to drive there any more: Fairfax Connector is running shuttle buses all morning from West Falls Church to Wiehle Avenue, so Metro on out to WFC and hop on a bus (or bike, or drive yourself) to get to the opening.

We'll meet at the north entrance to the station. From the Fairfax Connector bus bays, go up the escalators to the glass enclosed area of the plaza. There's a large space here, and we'll have signs to help you find us. See you Saturday!

The future of America's Main Street: Pennsylvania Avenue is a major symbol of our nation's capitol, but poor urban design and aging infrastructure inhibit activity there. The National Capital Planning Commission and other federal agencies are hosting a workshop to kick off a new study for the street. It's Wednesday, July 23 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at 401 9th Street NW, Suite 500 North.

Rapid transit happy hour: Join the Coalition for Smarter Growth, Communities for Transit, and Friends of White Flint also on Wednesday, July 23rd at 5:30 pm at Paladar Latin Kitchen (11333 Woodglen Drive, Rockville, 20852) to hear the latest news about the MD 355 corridor and our booth at this year's Agricultural Fair. Did we also mention that Paladar has $5 Mojitos and Margaritas at happy hour? RSVP here.

A new Courthouse Square: Come and get a first look at the future of Courthouse Square. Planners will unveil three draft plans based on input from the public and a working group. See them on (once again) Wednesday, July 23rd at the 1310 N. Courthouse Road Office Building, third floor, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm (Metro: Court House).

Remember Southeast Southwest: Come out of the heat and watch the latest in the Summer in the City Film Series Thursday, July 24th, from 6:00 to 8:30 pm at the Southwest Library (900 Wesley Place, SW). This week's film, Southwest Remembered, follows the effects of urban renewal in Washington during the 1940s. Southwest was one of the first neighborhoods to undergo this effort, which displaced more than 23,000 residents in the process.

Do you know of an upcoming event that may be interesting, relevant, or important to Greater Greater Washington readers? Send it to us at

Nick Ruiz is a communications intern for the Coalition for Smarter Growth and an undergraduate at the University of Maryland, where he studies business. He loves all things urban planning (especially transit) and hopes to get a master's degree in the field. Nick currently lives in College Park. 


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I think you mean, "Remember Southwest," not Southeast.

by Michael Forster on Jul 22, 2014 3:06 pm • linkreport

Whoops, thanks Michael! That's our mistake on the editorial team. Fixed!

by Aimee Custis, Editorial team on Jul 22, 2014 3:44 pm • linkreport

I found this shuttle schedule to get to Wiehle. The linked Post article does not list times.

by Transport. on Jul 23, 2014 12:32 am • linkreport

If White Flint reps for "walkable cities", transit, etc. are interested in improving the area, they could look at moving/removing things like anti-disabled pylons,-77.112368,3a,75y,177.7h,71.82t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1s9fQ0d1jCSA5h3MUtfIDsSQ!2e0!6m1!1e1 and pushing for actual covered shelters around White Flint metro, as well as exchanging all the "bus stop" shelters down 355. BRT is vastly the most wasteful option at 330+ million, would mean fewer people now using the bus could continue, and destructive to options that'd help fix 355 as well as making needed, proposed, Clarksburg, Rockville, and Gaithersburg road work less feasible and budgeted.

by asffa on Jul 23, 2014 1:49 am • linkreport

pardon me, I meant exchanging the "flag pole" stops with actual bus shelters.

by asffa on Jul 23, 2014 1:53 am • linkreport

Good Stuff

I look forward to reading your post in the future. I just started a SV Line blog Would love to get a follow.

Thanks in Advance

by wallace on Jul 23, 2014 2:10 pm • linkreport

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