“The iconic Metrorail map is getting an update with the addition of the six new Silver Line stations. Starting today, you’ll start to see new maps rolling out to stations, trains and transit hubs, with Reston Town Center, Herndon, Innovation Center, Washington Dulles International Airport, Loudoun Gateway and Ashburn. Also on the new map, Potomac Yard station is marked as a future station.
Changing cards is no easy feat. With more than 5,000 cards in stations and trains alone, Metro is now getting a head start on what will take more than a month to replace every card in the system in preparation for opening. Metro’s digital maps and website will be updated when the Silver Line expansion opens.
New station names, approved by Metro’s Board of Directors, will also be reflected on the new map – Downtown Largo (Largo Town Center), Hyattsville Crossing (Prince George’s Plaza), North Bethesda (White Flint), West Falls Church -VT removing UVA from secondary name and Tysons (Tysons Corner).
The original card design was created over 40 years ago by graphic designer Lance Wyman and was revised by Wyman for the opening of the first phase of the Silver Line and the completion of expansions. Over the decades, millions of people have navigated Metrorail using the simple yet classic map showing the six rail lines – Red, Blue, Orange, Silver, Green and Yellow – traversing the area with crisp, clean lines.
Printing has been underway for weeks as Metro prepares for the opening of the Silver Line extension. Cards of different sizes, price lists and customer brochures are updated.
Metro is in the final stages of preparation for the opening of the Silver Line extension, which will connect the rail system to Washington Dulles International Airport and Loudoun County for the first time. The mock service will begin next month, and this week Metro’s board of directors gave Managing Director and CEO Randy Clarke the authority to accept the project after meeting certain conditions that must be met by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, and a safety certification that includes approval from the Federal Transit Administration and the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission. The metro management, in close collaboration with the local bus operators who will provide the local connections and other partners, will then set a date for entry into service.
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