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Va. sen. Tim Kaine tours Silver Line Phase II rail project in Loudoun County

Virginia senator Tim Kaine tours Silver Line phase II project in Loudoun County, Va., Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016.PNG

Virginia senator Tim Kaine says the Silver Line holds a special- if exhausting- place in his career, "It was the single hardest project I've ever worked on in public life when I was governor."

On Tuesday, Kaine seeing for himself the progress on the project, the nearly than $3 billion Phase Two is set to open in 2020, and will add 6 new stations to the Silver Line, extending it from Reston to Ashburn, including a stop at Dulles International Airport, "It's just a necessary project to keep up with the growth of Northern Virginia, especially to serve this international airport."

But these days Metro is often getting attention for all the wrong reasons: breakdowns, delays, and deficits.

Metro general manager Paul Wiedefeld Tuesday rode the Silver Line with Kaine and made the case for more funding, "He's a big champion of Metro. He gets it. He understands what it means for the region. Infrastructure in this country needs to be dealt with and obviously we have our issues just like other major properties around the country. So anything he can to help us is fantastic," Wiedefeld says.

The senator, along with other local members of Congress, says the better metro does with safety and reliability, the stronger case he can make on Capitol Hill, "It’s serving 1.2 million people a day. The region doesn't work without it."

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