Metro Silver Line's opening delayed until January

Work on the Silver Line will stretch into 2014, officials tell WTOP. Photo: ABC7

WASHINGTON (AP) - The first phase of Metro's Silver Line was expected to open this December, but now officials expect that launch date to be pushed back to January.

Sam Carnaggio, director of the Dulles Corridor Project at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, says construction work is 94 percent complete.

The contractor is expected to finish by the end of September, so Carnaggio tells WTOP-FM that the project will be turned over to Metro by October. He says Metro will then take at least 90 days to independently test the trains and tracks and hire staff.

Work on the second phase, which will extend Metrorail into Loudoun County past Dulles Airport, is expected to begin in July and be complete in five years.