Parsons Participates in Opening of Silver Line in Virginia

Parsons is pleased to announce that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) recently hosted a grand opening ceremony to begin Metrorail service on the Silver Line that links the Virginia communities of Tysons and Reston to the Washington, D.C., region’s extensive metro system. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, and D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray led the ribbon-cutting ceremony amidst a gathering of other state and local dignitaries, as well as hundreds of train travelers. Parsons Light Rail Start-Up Manager Dave Kubicek and Parsons Project Manager Erin Donovan were also in attendance.

Delcan, a Parsons Company, provided quality assurance oversight services on this $2.9 billion project that involved the design and construction of 11.7 miles of new track and five rail stations. Parsons will now serve as lead designer on the $2.7 billion second phase, expected to open in 2018, which will extend the Metrorail system from Wiehle Avenue in Fairfax Country, Virginia, another 11.4 miles through Washington Dulles International Airport to eastern Loudoun County. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is responsible for the management of both project phases.

“Parsons is honored to have contributed to this important transportation project in the Dulles Corridor,” said Todd Wager, Parsons Group president. “We look forward to our continued work in the second phase.”

Known as the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project, the extended rail line will decrease travel time between the corridor and downtown D.C., spurring economic development while providing a cleaner transportation option for improved air quality. WMATA estimates that by July 2015, Silver Line ridership will total 50,000 trips on a typical weekday. WMATA also estimates that more than 33,000 of these trips will be by those who previously commuted
by car.