Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro)

DC Metro Silver Line Ridership Off to Solid Start

Metro’s new Silver Line is off to a solid start, with nearly 220,000 trips taken to or from the five new stations during the first week of service (noon Saturday, July 26 through noon Sunday, August 3).

On average, 15,942 passengers boarded a Silver Line train at one of the five new stations each weekday last week — roughly two-thirds of the way to achieving the project’s goal of 25,000 weekday boardings after one year of service.

Between 8,000 and 9,000 of the boardings at Silver Line stations were existing Metrorail customers who switched from the Orange Line to one of the five new stations. The balance of approximately 6,000 boardings represents new ridership.

Weekday ridership totals (entries/exits) for the five new stations — McLean, Tysons Corner, Greensboro, Spring Hill and Wiehle-Reston East — are provided below:

Total Weekday Trips to/from the Five New Silver Line Stations

Monday: 30,846
Tuesday: 33,287
Wednesday: 32, 939
Thursday: 34,364
Friday: 33,118

Weekday Entry/Exit Breakdown by Station

Greensboro
Monday: 1,614
Tuesday: 1,678
Wednesday: 1,773
Thursday: 1,865
Friday: 1,605

McLean
Monday: 2,668
Tuesday: 3,045
Wednesday: 3,012
Thursday: 3,222
Friday: 2,870

Spring Hill
Monday: 2,681
Tuesday: 2,879
Wednesday: 2,862
Thursday: 2,858
Friday: 2,718

Tysons Corner
Monday: 6,658
Tuesday: 6,959
Wednesday: 6,811
Thursday: 6,803
Friday: 7,699

Wiehle-Reston East 
Monday: 17,225
Tuesday: 18,726
Wednesday: 18,481
Thursday: 19,616
Friday: 18,226

Silver Line rail service began at noon on Saturday, July 26 with the departure of the inaugural train from Wiehle-Reston East Station in Fairfax County, Virginia, bound for Largo Town Center in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

The new rail line is the largest expansion of Metrorail — and the first time a new color has been added to the Metro map — since the Green Line opened in 1991.

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