Officials said Wednesday that completion of the first phase of Metro’s Silver Line could be delayed by at least eight weeks.
“There’s a real question now on when it will be complete,” Jack Potter, the head of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, told members of the MWAA’s Board of Directors at a briefing on the rail project Wednesday.
The MWAA is building the rail line, which will eventually reach Dulles International Airport and go farther into Loudoun County. The announcement means that passenger service on the line is unlikely to begin in December as planned and could jeopardize even a January start.
Metro officials have said that once the MWAA completes work on the project, Metro will need 90 days for testing and training to ensure that the Silver Line is ready for passenger service.
Originally, the MWAA and its contractor, Dulles Transit Partners, said they planned to turn rail-line operations over to Metro in mid-September. An eight-week delay would mean Metro officials must put off their testing.