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Silver Line: More problems could delay opening even further

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(WJLA) -- It looks like it's abandoned -- but it hasn't even opened for business.

The Silver Line -- a multi-billion-dollar project -- is over budget, and late. Now, it looks like it's going to be even later.

Project managers briefed the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), the organization that is building the Silver Line, on more problems Wednesday.

Among them -- the PA system in the new stations doesn't work with existing Metro stations' PA systems, so they have to be ripped out and replaced.

Also among the issues are major problems with the electronic cable network that is used throughout the system, as well as lingering issues with the automated system that runs the trains.

It all amounts to major problems for the Silver Line project, and a lot of frustration for commuters hoping to ride it.

"The station has appeared to be ready to open for months, so everyone is wondering, what is the problem?" asked commuter Gary Rufner on Wednesday when he heard the news of more potential delays.

"The traffic is so bad -- there is a huge need to nail into a timeframe and get it done," said commuter Karen Mears.

Still, there are those who believe, the end must be near.

"I just have faith," said commuter Jeff Wagoner. "It been going on long enough. It's about time for it to end."

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