Silver Line sees increased ridership despite regional declines

Michael Dranove Transportation, Tysons Update

The McLean, Greensboro, Tysons Corner, and Wiehle-Reston Silver Line stops all saw ridership increases for the first quarter of 2019.  According to the latest report from the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, Mclean led the pack with a 10.4% ridership increase from the 4th quarter of 2018, with Greensboro, Tysons Corner, and Wiehle-Reston showing 7, 4.3, and 1.6 percent increases respectively.  Also good news for Metro is that Spring Hill, the Silver Line station which saw the largest decrease in ridership, has nearby massive development projects underway, which are sure to attract new ridership. 

However, the Silver Line seems to be the only silver lining in the report, as the Fairfax County Connector, Orange Line, ART bus, Cue bus, and Blue line stations all saw declines in ridership. 

On the horizon, however, are ongoing plans for a Bus Rapid Transit corridor along Route 7, between Tysons and Alexandria, which will feature bus only lanes and access to otherwise unreachable areas.  Plans began in 2015 and are still ongoing.