Friday, February 3, 2017

Loudoun Transit Outreach Session Saturday, Feb. 4, at Cascades Library

Loudoun County continues its outreach to obtain input from members of the public about the county’s bus routes and transit services. The county is hosting information sessions that provide opportunities to learn more about the county’s existing bus network and formal process for soliciting and receiving feedback from the community regarding transit routes and services.


The next information session is:

  • Saturday, February 4, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., at Cascades Library, Meeting Room A, 21030 Whitfield Place, Potomac Falls. Members of the Transit Advisory Board and county transit staff will be on hand to meet with the public.

Two more sessions are scheduled for:

  • Tuesday, February 28, 7 - 8 p.m., Dulles South Multipurpose Center, Banquet Room #3, 24950 Riding Center Drive, South Riding.
  • Wednesday, March 15, 7 - 8 p.m., Loudoun Valley Community Center, Gymnasium, 320 West School Street, Purcellville.

The county is seeking suggestions specifically for new or modified bus routes and enhanced services. The county encourages members of the public to provide input by taking an online survey at www.loudoun.gov/TransitSurvey.

 

More information about Loudoun County’s transit service is online at www.loudoun.gov/transit. Anyone with questions about the input process or online survey may email rideshare@loudoun.gov

  


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

County Launches Commuter Bus Service; Revises Schedules in Dulles Area

Beginning Monday, February 6, Loudoun County Transit will add commuter bus service to Washington D.C. from the East Gate Park and Ride and offer some new bus schedules from the Dulles South Park and Ride.


Since opening in the summer of 2015, the East Gate Park and Ride has provided Metro-Connection Bus Service, taking riders to the Wiehle-Reston Metro Station. In addition to Metro-Connection service, riders now will have the option to travel directly to Washington D.C. via Loudoun Transit’s Commuter Bus service from the East Gate Park and Ride. The East Gate Park and Ride has 218 free parking spaces and is located at 43664 Tall Cedars Parkway in Chantilly.


Loudoun Transit also has made changes to some existing routes that run from the Dulles South Park and Ride. The Dulles South Park and Ride has 350 free parking spaces and is located at Stone Ridge Village Center, 42015 Village Center Plaza in Aldie. 


The service changes are designed to alleviate overcrowding, shorten existing trips and increase reliability. The changes were developed after an extensive public process that included recommendations and suggestions from commuters and the general public.


Information about the service changes, including a link to the new schedules, is available at www.loudoun.gov/BusChanges.


For questions or more information, email rideshare@loudoun.gov or call the Department of Transportation & Capital Infrastructure at 703-771-5665.


Friday, January 27, 2017

Community Presentation on Pennington Parking Garage

Loudoun County will host an informational meeting on construction of the Pennington Parking Structure as part of the Courts Complex Phase III Expansion Thursday, February 16, at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room of the Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison Street, S.E. in Leesburg.


Staff from the Loudoun County Department of Transportation and Capital Infrastructure and representatives of the architecture and engineering firm Dewberry Architects, Inc. and the construction firm Howard Shockey and Sons, Inc. will present information to the community concerning construction of the four-tiered parking garage, which is being designed and constructed as part of the Courts Complex Phase III Expansion project. The project also includes a new 85,000-square-foot court facility and the interior renovation of existing court facilities.


The new court facility will be located on the site of the current Church Street Parking Lot, at the corner of Church Street and Edwards Ferry Road, across from the Loudoun County Courthouse in downtown Leesburg. The new parking structure for the courts complex will be located on the existing Pennington Lot parcel, which is north east of the intersection of North Street and Church Street.


Anyone who requires any type of reasonable accommodation as a result of a physical, sensory or mental disability to participate in this meeting is asked to contact the Department of Transportation & Capital Infrastructure at 703-777-0396. Advance notice of at least one business day is requested. Some accommodations may require more than one day’s notice.  Assistive listening devices are available in the Board Room.


Following the meeting, the information presented will be posted on the Loudoun County website at www.loudoun.gov/courts-expansion


Questions or comments about the project are welcomed by the Loudoun County project team via email at courts-expansion@loudoun.gov.  


  


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Loudoun Transit Outreach Session Tonight, Jan. 18

Loudoun County has launched an annual effort to obtain input from members of the public about the county’s bus routes and transit services. The public may provide feedback through March 31, 2017, through a survey or by attending one of four community meetings scheduled in the coming weeks. 


The first meeting is set for tonight, Wednesday, Jan. 18, from 7-8 p.m. in the Dulles Room on the first floor of the Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison Street, S.E., Leesburg. The meeting will provide an opportunity to learn more about the county’s existing bus network and formal process for soliciting and receiving feedback from the community regarding transit routes and services.


The county is seeking suggestions specifically for new or modified bus routes and enhanced services. In addition to the community meetings, members of the public to provide input by taking an online survey at www.loudoun.gov/TransitSurvey.


More information, including the schedule for the information sessions, is online at www.loudoun.gov/TransitSurvey.


  


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Sheriff's office Investigating Hit and Run Crash Involving Loudoun County School Bus

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run crash involving a school bus on Evergreen Mills Road near Black Branch Parkway.


The crash occurred around 7:30 a.m. in the area of Reservoir Road when the driver of a southbound cement truck struck a northbound Loudoun County Public School Bus with students aboard. The driver then left the scene in the truck, which is described as being red and white in color.


There were 54 students on the bus, two students are being treated for minor injuries. The crash caused minor damage to the bus. The students on the bus were transported to a second bus to continue on to school.  


The roadway was closed for approximately for 45 minutes.


Anyone with any information regarding the crash, or if you witnessed the crash and have not spoken to law enforcement, you are asked to contact Sgt. R. Gessner at 703-777-1021.


  


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Loudoun County Launches Online Road Maintenance Map

Loudoun County has launched a new online tool to help residents determine the entity that is responsible for maintaining roads within the county, including snow removal and surface repairs.


The interactive, searchable map provides users with a resource for navigating the complex maintenance responsibility system for the road network in the county. In addition, the map links to a webpage with contact information for the various entities to help residents report concerns about maintenance to the correct entity.


Users may search by a street address, view responsibility by color-coded system or click on a particular road and a pop-up box will appear indicating road maintenance responsibility.


The responsibility for road maintenance in Loudoun County varies by road. Most roads are maintained by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), one of the county's incorporated towns, and private entities, such as homeowners associations (HOA).


“This tool is particularly useful for identifying maintenance responsibility in residential neighborhoods, which sometimes have two different responsible entities for two adjacent roads,” said Department of Building and Development Director Mike Seigfried. “In advance of snow events, for example, residents can learn whether their HOAs will plow snow on their streets and then contact their HOAs to learn about their snow-removal plans.”


As newly-constructed roads are developed, maintenance responsibility may change from one entity to another, such as from a developer to a homeowners association. The Loudoun County map will be updated on a monthly basis.


A link to the map and contact information for the various entities involved in road maintenance in the county may be found on the Loudoun County website at www.loudoun.gov/roads.


Monday, December 19, 2016

Current Metrorail SafeTrack Surge Ends Dec. 20; Special Bus Schedules for the Holidays

The current phase of the Metrorail maintenance program SafeTrack, which has directly affected some Loudoun County Transit riders, is scheduled to end tomorrow, Tuesday, Dec. 20 -- one day earlier than originally scheduled. This will allow Loudoun County to resume its normal bus schedules on Wednesday, Dec. 21. Schedules are available online at www.loudoun.gov/BusSchedules.


SafeTrack is a year-long, extensive maintenance program that includes track outages of long duration in key parts of the Metrorail system.  The 11th “surge” of the SafeTrack plan reduced the frequencies of trains at the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station from six minutes to approximately every 20 minutes. The surge resulted in single tracking between the West Falls Church and East Falls Church Metro stations. 


Meanwhile, Loudoun County’s commuter buses will operate on special schedules the afternoon of Friday, Dec. 23, and will have limited service Tuesday, Dec. 27 through Friday, Dec. 30. There will be no service on Monday, Dec. 26, or Monday, Jan. 2, 2017.  The modified schedules are online at www.loudoun.gov/BusChanges.


Loudoun County Transit officials encourage commuters to stay informed about updates and changes to bus service by signing up for Bus Biz at www.loudoun.gov/BusBiz. Commuters can also sign up for local traffic alerts through Alert Loudoun at www.loudoun.gov/alert. Loudoun County offers information on commuting options at www.loudoun.gov/commute.


Links to more information about SafeTrack, including the complete SafeTrack Plan, can be found at www.loudoun.gov/SafeTrack.  


Thursday, December 15, 2016

Overnight Detour on Eastbound Dulles Greenway

On or about Friday, Dec. 16, at 8 p.m. through Saturday, Dec. 17, at 8 a.m., eastbound Dulles Greenway at mile marker 11.0 (near the Old Ox Road overpass) will be detoured to eastbound Old Ox Road (Route 606) while Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project crews construct a large concrete span for the Silver Line aerial guideway over the eastbound lanes.


Traffic to Dulles International Airport, the Dulles International Airport Access Highway (DIAAH) and the eastbound Dulles Toll Road (DTR) will follow eastbound Old Ox Road to southbound Route 28.


On subsequent nights throughout the winter months, double left lane or double right lane closures will occur on the eastbound Dulles Greenway from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., with intermittent 20 minute stoppages after midnight as needed.