Statement by Loudoun Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tony Howard on the Announcement of November 15, 2022, as the Opening Date for Metrorail Silver Line Service

“Today’s announcement of the official date when the Metro Silver Line will open is a historic event for Loudoun County. For the first time, Loudoun County will be connected to the rest of the National Capitol Region by mass rail transit, opening a world of economic and quality-of-life opportunities for our residents and our businesses.

The Loudoun Chamber, and our Northern Virginia business community partners, played a vital role in generating community support for this project, support that proved essential in convincing the Loudoun Board of Supervisors in July of 2012 to include Loudoun in the Silver Line project.

Those business leaders who spoke at public hearings, wrote e-mails and letters of support, and lobbied the Loudoun Board to support this project are the reason why future generations of Loudouners will benefit from the presence of Metrorail service in our community.

Our community also owes a debt of gratitude to the landowners around Loudoun’s Metro stations who agreed to fund the construction and ongoing operational expenses through special tax assessments. Their willingness to accept an additional tax burden was cited by at least one Supervisor who voted to approve the County’s involvement in the Silver Line project in 2021.”