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Officials: Silver Line will carry passengers in February

Tuesday - 10/29/2013, 4:43pm  ET

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Construction crews work on the McLean Station, one of five new stations along the Silver Line, in September. (WTOP/Hank Silverberg)

WASHINGTON - Tysons Corner could be getting a long awaited Valentine's Day gift. Officials say the Silver Line could be ready in February.

After a few missed deadlines on the $2.8 billion Phase One of the Metro rail extension, and a lot of controversy, leaders on both sides of the project say they're confident it will be ready before March.

"We're still shooting for a November substantial completion. Obviously there's work we have to do between now and then," said Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority spokesman Chris Paolino. MWAA is building the line.

Paolino says the five stations and track will be turned over to Metro after the slated November completion. Then, Metro General Manager Richard Sarles says 90 days of training and testing are needed before the Silver Line and its five new stations are open to passengers.

The line will run through Tysons Corner and to Wiehle Avenue at first. Phase Two, where construction is just beginning, will go to Dulles Airport and farther.

WTOP's Hank Silverberg contributed to this report. Follow @hsilverbergWTOP and @WTOP on Twitter.

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