Call to Open/Keep Open Silver Line Phase 2
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is considering a number of actions to address revenue shortfalls that impact its FY2022 budget. Actions being considered include reduction in service throughout the entire Metrorail network and the closure of 22 Metro stations, which includes the Reston Town Center Metro Station, slated to open in July 2021. Additionally, the proposal would seek the closure of additional Silver Line Phase 2 stations - Innovation Center and Loudoun Gateway. WMATA launched a public comment period that will run through Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 5:00 PM to allow community members to voice their opinions.
WMATA's proposed reduction of services will only exacerbate its current revenue shortfalls. Closure of stations, particularly the RTC Station and other Silver Line Phase 2 destinations, are unthinkable. Significant investments have been made in our community on the promise of timely and sustained rail service. Anything less than what has been promised will severely impact our region's economic development and the delivery of valued community amenities, such as affordable housing and infrastructure improvements.
There are a number of ways in which you can share your support for keeping the Reston Town Center Station, and the rest of the Silver Line, opened and operating:
1) Go to www.wmata.com/budget and complete their online survey. You will be provided the opportunity to upload a formal letter of support for keeping the Silver Line. Please consider using a letter template available by clicking here.
2) You may call 844-468-5748 to take the survey over the phone.
3) You may attend WMATA's Virginia-focus virtual public hearing on Wednesday, March 10 at 6:00 PM. To participate in the public meeting, dial 512-580-8850 and use meeting code 9141. You may also view the virtual meeting online at www.wmata.com/budget or at www.youtube.com/metroforward
4) You may send a written letter through U.S. Mail. The letter should be addressed to:WMATA
Office of the Secretary
600 5th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
As a member of our region's business community, please don't miss the opportunity to share you thoughts on a matter that will have great impact on our local economy for many years ahead.