Friday, August 28, 2015

Possible Traffic Delays During Weekend Events

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office is advising residents of weekend events that may cause traffic delays in various areas of the county.
  • An event at Franklin Park on Saturday, Aug. 29 may impact traffic in that area on business Route 7 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • An event at Morven Park on Saturday, Aug. 29 and Sunday, Aug. 30 may impact traffic on Route 15 in the area of Tutt Lane. Expect increased traffic in the area between 6:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday and between 7 a.m. and noon on Sunday.
  • An event at Redskins Park may impact traffic on Loudoun County Parkway on Sunday, Aug. 30 between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
 
Motorists are asked to please be patient, drive safely, follow all law-enforcement direction and have a safe weekend. 

 
 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Sheriff, Schools and Others to Promote Transportation Safety This Morning

This morning, Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman will join representatives from the National Transportation Safety Board, Loudoun County Public Schools, Safe Kids Fairfax County, Youth of Virginia Speak Out and Virginia Safe Routes for a free public event highlighting transportation safety for school-age children.
 
The event will be held today, Tuesday, Aug. 25, at 10 a.m. at Trailside Middle School, located at 20325 Claiborne Parkway in Ashburn.
 
The event will feature demonstrations on school bus safety, pedestrian and bicycle safety, and child safety seats, as families prepare for the new school year.
 
Each year, more than 30,000 people are killed on the nation's roadways, and more than 2,000 are school-age. Motor vehicle-related deaths are the second leading cause of death for children ages 1–4, and the leading cause of death for children and young adults ages 5–24.
 
The joint back-to-school event will arm parents, kids and communities, with life-saving transportation safety tips.


 
 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Second Silver Line Scenario Planning Workshop Scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 26

Loudoun County has scheduled a second public workshop for the Silver Line Scenario Planning Study. The workshop will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 26, at Moorefield Station Elementary School, 22325 Mooreview Parkway in Ashburn.
 
The workshop will be used to discuss three potential land use and growth scenarios and to solicit feedback to develop a fourth scenario. The land use scenarios will be discussed using interactive technology platforms to give instant feedback about the trade-offs associated with different land use assumptions. Participants will also have the opportunity to make changes to the scenarios and see how those changes affect measures like school impacts, transportation and tax revenues. 
 
Links to images depicting the scenarios will be posted at www.loudoun.gov/silverlinecpam on or about Aug. 24. Members of the public will be able view the scenarios prior to the Aug. 26 workshop and interactively provide comments about the scenarios and assumptions. The website also includes information and summaries from the previous workshop and new website polling questions. The project website will be updated continuously over the next few weeks as new information is developed.
 
RSVPs are not needed but anyone who plans to attend the workshop is encouraged to contact the Loudoun County Department of Planning and Zoning at 703-777-0246 or dpz@loudoun.gov to help the project team prepare for the right number of people and to have the right technology in place. Anyone who requires any type of reasonable accommodation as a result of a physical, sensory, or mental disability to participate in the workshop may also contact the department.
 
This workshop is part of a larger study initiated by the Board of Supervisors in 2013 to evaluate the development potential of the Dulles Metrorail Service Districts which were created in 2012. The purpose of the study is to evaluate planned land uses between the future Metrorail stations.
 
More information about the larger study is available at www.loudoun.gov/silverlinecpam.

Questions and comments should be directed to Richard Klusek, Project Manager, Loudoun County Department of Planning and Zoning, at 703-777-0246 or dpz@loudoun.gov

 
 

Friday, August 21, 2015

Possible Traffic Delays During Weekend Events

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office is advising residents of two weekend events (on Sunday) that may cause traffic delays in various areas of the county.
  • A triathlon in South Riding on Sunday, August 23, will impact Riding Center Drive, Tall Cedars Parkway, Loudoun County Parkway, South Riding Boulevard, Planting Field Drive, Priesters Pond Drive, Flintonbridge Drive and other residential streets. The event will be held from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • An event at Redskins Park may impact traffic on Loudoun County Parkway and Gloucester Parkway between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 23.
 
Motorists are asked to please be patient, drive safely, follow all law-enforcement direction and have a safe weekend.

 
 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Loudoun Commuter Bus Service Cancels Some Afternoon Runs


There are some cancellations to Loudoun County's commuter bus service this afternoon, Wednesday, Aug. 19, due to an unexpected number of contracted drivers calling in sick. 

Due to a severe shortage of drivers, the following runs have been cancelled today:

Runs From DC & Arlington County
  • Brambleton & Dulles North park & ride lots – Run #'s 651, 652D & 653D
  • Brambleton & Dulles South – Run # 604B
  • Dulles South – Run #608
  • Leesburg, Harmony & St Andrew – Run #'s 811 & 816
  • Telos, Ashburn North & CFC – Run # 505 – Important note – The 504 will pick up at Eads and 12th St and the Pentagon in addition to its normal stops.
  • Dulles North Transit Center – Run # 707 – Important note – the 510 will drop off at Dulles North in addition to CFC, Ashburn North & Telos
Runs from the West Falls Church Metro Station
Broad Run, Cascades, Our Lady of Hope & Lowes Island – Runs 902 @ 4:10 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6:55 p.m. out of the WFC Metro station

Please note that this afternoon's commute will likely have many crowded buses with standees. Loudoun County officials ask for riders patience with the drivers and fellow riders during this afternoon's commute.

Stay Informed
Loudoun County Transit communicates with bus riders in a variety of ways, including Bus Biz, LC Alerts and SV Alerts. Loudoun County commuter bus riders are encouraged to sign up for emails and text messages about service disruptions and other information related to the county's bus service. Learn more and sign up for messages.

Possible Service Changes for Thursday Morning
There will be a conference call at 4 a.m. tomorrow (Thursday) morning, Aug. 20, to determine if any cancellations will be necessary for the morning service on Thursday. Should any cancellations be needed, staff will send that information out via LC Alert, SV Alert and the Bus Biz email system as soon as possible after the call. Sign up for the alerts and Bus Biz.

Background
Loudoun County contracts with a company called Transdev for its commuter bus drivers. This morning, a total of 16 drivers called in sick unexpectedly. According to Transdev, six drivers are members of the drivers' union, Teamsters Local 570. Over the past six months, the union and Trasdev have worked together to reach an agreement on an expired Collective Bargaining Agreement.
 
Transdev has called today's unexpected attendance a "sickout."

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Loudoun County Opens New East Gate Park and Ride Lot

Loudoun County officials celebrated the opening of the new East Gate Park and Ride lot yesterday, Monday, Aug. 17, with a ribbon cutting ceremony as bus service began taking commuters to the Wiehle Reston East Metro Station.
 
The East Gate Park and Ride, located at 43664 Tall Cedars Parkway, is served by a new route with weekday service to and from the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station during peak periods with buses departing every 30 minutes.  The new lot includes more than two hundred parking spaces and also includes bike storage facilities. 
 
Monday also marked the beginning of changes to several bus routes, including service from the Goose Creek Village Park and Ride, Broadlands/Marketplace Service, the Leesburg Park and Ride and the Harmony Park and Ride.
 
Links to more information regarding the changes in bus service, including schedules and a video of yesterday's events, are posted on the county's website at www.loudoun.gov/transit.


 
 

Friday, August 14, 2015

Sobriety Checkpoint Tonight, Friday, Aug. 14

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, the Virginia State Police and the Town of Purcellville Police Department will conduct a joint sobriety checkpoint tonight, Friday, Aug. 14, beginning shortly after 10 p.m.
 
"In an effort to raise public awareness to discourage impaired driving, we are joining forces with the Virginia State Police and the Town of Purcellville Police Department," said Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman. "We are reminding motorists to make the smart choice, don't drink and drive."
 
Members of the Loudoun Sheriff's Office Auxiliary Unit and volunteers from the Loudoun Chapter of MADD will assist with the checkpoint. 
 
Please remember... don't drive and drive!


 
 

New East Gate Park and Ride and Bus Service to Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station

Loudoun County is now offering a connection from the South Riding area to the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station. The new East Gate Park and Ride lot (43664 Tall Cedars Parkway, Chantilly) opens to the public on Monday morning , Aug. 17.
 
Also on Monday, new bus service (Route 88X) begins from the East Gate Park and Ride to the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station. Morning bus service runs 5 a.m. to 9:28 a.m. In the evening, bus service from the Metro station to the East Gate Park and Ride runs 3:35 p.m. to 8:03 p.m. The cost of this bus service is $1 per trip and is a cash only service. More information, including the full schedule, is available on the county's website at www.loudoun.gov/transit.

Commuters may access the East Gate Park and Ride by foot, bike, car or bus. The new lot includes more than two hundred parking spaces. Bike storage facilities are also available at the lot. In addition, commuters may access to the East Gate Park and Ride lot via the county's local bus service, Route 85.

The cost of the project, which includes both the Park and Ride lot and a park that is adjacent to the lot, was $2,465,000. The park will be named and dedicated later this year.
 
A list of park and ride locations throughout the Loudoun County is posted at www.loudoun.gov/park-ride.

Changes in Existing Commuter and Local Bus Service
The county is also announcing a number of changes in bus service that are effective Monday, Aug. 17.
  • Potomac Falls Service: Potomac Falls service to the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station discontinues. Service to West Falls Church Metro Station will be added; the fare will be $1.50 with SmarTrip or $2 cash.
  • Loudoun Station/Dulles North Transit Center:  One additional weekday trip from the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station is added at 8:40 p.m.; the fare will be $1.00 with SmarTrip or $1.50 cash.
  • Service from the Wiehle ‐Reston East Metro Station to select Loudoun County employment sites (Reverse Commute Service): All reverse commute service will be moved to the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station.
 
The changes include discontinuing all bus service to the Spring Hill Metro Station in Tysons Corner, which was scheduled to occur after Phase 1 of the Silver Line was completed. Commuters may continue to travel to Tysons Corner via Metro from the Wiehle-Reston East Station.
  • Goose Creek Village Park and Ride: Service to the Spring Hill Metro Station discontinues. Service to the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station is added; the fare will be $1.00 with SmarTrip or $1.50 cash.
  • Broadlands/Marketplace Service: Service to the Spring Hill Metro Station discontinues. Service to the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station is added. In addition, the Broadlands/Marketplace service located in the parking lot of the Harris Teeter will no longer be available to commuters due to overcrowding. Commuters should use the Park & Ride lot located on the corner of Old Ryan Road and Mooreview Parkway, which includes bus service to the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station; the fare will be $1.00 with SmarTrip or $1.50 cash.
  • Leesburg Park and Ride: Service to the Spring Hill Metro Station discontinues. Service to the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station is added; the fare will be $1.00 with SmarTrip or $1.50 cash.
  • Harmony Park and Ride: Service to the Spring Hill Metro Station discontinues. Service to the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station is added; the fare will be $1.00 with SmarTrip or $1.50 cash.
Links to more information regarding the above changes in bus service, including schedules, are posted on the county's website at www.loudoun.gov/buschanges.
 
Commuters who have questions or require additional information may contact Transit and Commuter Services by email at transitcomments@loudoun.gov or by phone at 1-877-465-2287.

For complete information about commuting options in Loudoun County, visit www.loudoun.gov/transit.


 
 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Loudoun County Dedicates Belfort Park Area Improvements

Loudoun County celebrated the completion of road improvements in the Belfort Park area of Sterling earlier today, Thursday, July 30, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The goal of the project is to improve traffic flow and the local road network by extending Glenn Drive to Cedar Green Road and providing a four-lane connection between Davis Drive and Cedar Green Road. The project also includes sidewalks along the north side of Cedar Green, from Shaw Road to Davis Drive.
 
Also included in the project were improvements to Shaw Road. These improvements to the local road network are based on Loudoun County's Comprehensive Plan, which calls for Cedar Green, Shaw Road, Glenn Drive and Davis Drive to be four-lane undivided local roadways.
 
Design and construction of these improvements, about 4,200 feet in length, were funded by the county at a cost of $9 million. Construction, which began in August 2014, was administered by the Virginia Department of Transportation under the Route 28 Public-Private Transportation Act and will be maintained by VDOT after completion.