Image from WMATA.

In less than a month, Metro’s Silver Line will open. WMATA has released some new details about the opening ceremonies at Wiehle Avenue station on July 26. We hope you can join us to ride the first train!

On Saturday, Juy 26th, the 4 stations in Tysons Corner (McLean, Tysons Corner, Greensboro, and Spring Hill) will open at 11:30. If you want to explore the new stations, you can do so at that time.

The Wiehle Avenue station will open at noon. It’s later than the others because that’s where the opening ceremony will actually be held, including a ribbon cutting with regional leaders.

We’re organizing carpools to get to the opening ceremonies, and we could still use drivers. Be sure to sign up if you need a ride. If you have a car and you’re willing to take people, please sign up. We especially need drivers from Upper Northwest DC and from the NoMA/H Street area.

If you’re driving to the opening ceremonies, the parking garage at Wiehle Avenue station will open at 9:30 am on Saturday the 26th. The other Silver Line stations do not have parking.

There will also be bus service to some stations. Fairfax Connector will be operating some sort of a shuttle from West Falls Church to Wiehle Avenue, but their exact service plan hasn’t been announced. Metrobuses 3T and 23A will be running to McLean station and the 2T and 28A will run to Tysons Corner station.

The first Silver Line train will depart Wiehle Avenue station at noon. It will depart Spring Hill station at approximately 12:08, Greensboro at 12:10, Tysons Corner at 12:12, and McLean at 12:14. It will run all the way to Largo.

Additionally, WMATA will be selling a commemorative SmarTrip card at the new Silver Line stations. It will also be on sale soon on Metro’s website and at Metro sales offices.

WMATA will be announcing additional details over the coming weeks, and we’ll keep you informed.

David Alpert is Founder and President of Greater Greater Washington and Executive Director of DC Sustainable Transportation (DCST). 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 lives with his wife and two children in Dupont Circle. Unless otherwise noted, opinions in his GGWash posts are his and not the official views of GGWash or DCST.