Metro looking at temporary fix to avert Silver Line opening delay

WASHINGTON (AP) - Metro officials say they are looking at temporary solutions to problems at a rail yard that are threatening to delay the opening of the new Silver Line.

Metro General Manager Richard Sarles told WTOP that the maintenance shop at the yard may not be available when the line opens, but the transit agency should be able to work around that for a short time.

The rail yard in West Falls Church will be used to stored and maintain cars for the new line that will bring riders to Dulles airport. A spokesman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which is building the Silver Line, says the authority hopes to turn the first 11 miles of the line and five new stations over to Metro for testing in early September.