According to a recent Washington Post article, Washington, D.C.’s Silver Line train project will undergo final railway software testing Jan. 25-26, following a series of software glitches that have delayed the $6 billion project.
Members of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) board had hoped to complete the first phase of the Silver Line project back in September, but software glitches related to the Automatic Train Control System have demanded more tests to be completed prior to its completion.
Pat Nowakowski, executive director of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project, said in a December MWAA press release, "This is why we test. Our guiding principle throughout this process has been ‘safety first’ and we remain committed to that principal. We will not do anything that might compromise safety or create unsafe conditions for the traveling public."
As part of the final stage of phase one testing, officials will run 10 eight-car trains along the rail line at the same time the Metro is running regular Orange Line services. In addition to checking the system’s safety, this testing will determine how well the Silver Line integrates with the larger D.C. Metro system.
This final stage of railway software testing hopes to prove previous software glitches related to the system’s Automatic Train Control System have been resolved and phase one of the Silver Line properly integrates with other D.C. Metro system train lines prior to opening for passenger travel.