Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Changes Coming to Loudoun County Bus Service Aug. 1

Loudoun County Transit will implement several service changes beginning Monday, Aug. 1. The modifications include changes to fares, routes and schedule formats.

Fares
The fare changes include: 
  • Reduction of fares on Routes 72, 83 and 84 on the local bus system from $2.00 to $1.00.
  • One free transfer between local Loudoun County bus routes.
  • An increase from $8.00 to $9.00 per trip on all bus service to and from Rosslyn, the Pentagon, Crystal City and Washington D.C.
Route Changes
Some sections of local bus routes are being eliminated while other bus routes are being extended or modified. The bus routes affected include:
  • Route 62 - Ashburn Connector
  • Route 72 – Wiehle Express
  • Route 84-Atlantic Connector
  • Route 85-Dulles South Connector
  • Route 87X
  • Route 89X - Telos Park & Ride – Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail Station; and Safe-T-Ride.
 
Details on the route changes are online at www.loudoun.gov/buschanges.

Schedule Format
Changes to the schedules include renaming and reformatting of timetables for Metro Connection services to make the schedules more user friendly. The changes were developed through an extensive public process that included direction from the Board of Supervisors and input from the public.
 
Loudoun Transit conducted a metric analysis of its service to help evaluate the overall system performance and to analyze the performance of individual routes.
 
More detailed information about the changes can be found online at www.loudoun.gov/buschanges.


 
 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Sheriff's Office Develops Informational Traffic Stop Videos

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office has developed two informational videos regarding traffic stop procedures in coordination with local civil rights and religious leaders.
 
Understanding that traffic stops are anything but routine for law enforcement and can be unnerving for the driver and passengers as well, the videos portray a traffic stop from the perspective of a deputy and a driver. The videos review procedures and actions of a deputy during the course of the traffic stop and also discuss the expectations of a driver during the stop.
 
The videos were developed at the request of Phillip Thompson, President of the Loudoun Branch of the NAACP and in coordination with Pastor Michelle Thomas of Holy and Whole Life Changing Ministries International Church.
 
The first video follows a traffic stop explaining the actions of a deputy, what law enforcement expects from a driver, and what requirements a driver must lawfully follow. This video can be viewed at https://sheriff.loudoun.gov/trafficstop .
 
The second video follows the procedures during a traffic stop where the driver is a concealed handgun permit carrier and has a loaded concealed handgun in the vehicle. This video can be viewed at https://sheriff.loudoun.gov/CHPtrafficstop .
 
The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office is also reminding residents that they can provide feedback regarding any interaction with Loudoun County deputies by going to https://sheriff.loudoun.gov/feedback or by downloading the Loudoun County Sheriff App, available on iTunes and Google Play. 


 
 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Next Phase of Metrorail SafeTrack Program to Affect Loudoun County Commuters

The next phase of the Metrorail maintenance program, SafeTrack, is scheduled for July 20-31, and will directly affect some riders of the Loudoun County Transit bus service. SafeTrack is a year-long, extensive maintenance program which includes track outages of long duration in key parts of the Metrorail system.
 
The fifth "surge" of the SafeTrack plan will result in single tracking between the East Falls Church and Ballston Metro stations. The direct effects on Loudoun County bus riders will be: 
  • From July 20-29, Loudoun County Transit will temporarily alter two of its Metro-Connection bus service routes – Potomac Falls Routes 901 and 902 – to bypass the impacted section of Metrorail track. All Potomac Falls service will be re-routed from the West Falls Church Metro Station to the Ballston Metro Station during this period. The schedule is online at www.loudoun.gov/SafeTrack.
  • During the surge, Metro's Silver Line trains will operate every 18 minutes as opposed to the normal six-minute intervals. To assist commuters, Loudoun County Transit has produced flyers that highlight the morning and afternoon buses that line up within seven minutes of the rail arrival or departure. The flyers can be viewed and downloaded at www.loudoun.gov/SafeTrack.
As SafeTrack continues, increased traffic and delays on area roadways are possible if commuters choose to trade their bus or Metrorail ride for a single-occupancy vehicle. Loudoun County offers information on commuting options at www.loudoun.gov/commute.
 
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.
 
Links to the Loudoun County bus schedules and more information about SafeTrack, including the complete SafeTrack Plan, can be found at www.loudoun.gov/SafeTrack.


 
 

Friday, July 15, 2016

Sobriety Checkpoint Tonight, Friday, July 15

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office will conduct a joint sobriety checkpoint with the Virginia State Police tonight, Friday, July 15. The sobriety checkpoint will begin shortly after 10 p.m.
 
"The joint sobriety checkpoint is a reminder to residents to make the smart choice, don't drink and drive," said Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman.
 
Members of the Loudoun Sheriff's Office Auxiliary Unit and volunteers from the Loudoun Chapter of MADD will assist with the checkpoint. 

 
 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Signage and Striping Project for Belmont Ridge Road and Northstar Blvd.

Loudoun County officials want motorists to be aware of an upcoming planned signage and striping project at the intersection of Belmont Ridge Road (Route 659) and Northstar Boulevard in Ashburn. 
 
Beginning on or about Monday, July 18, and continuing through approximately Friday, July 29, modifications will be made to the existing intersection. During this period, there will be varying lane closures between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday. 
 
Varying lane closures will affect Belmont Ridge Road, Northstar Boulevard and the Brambleton Park entrance road in the vicinity of the intersection. Motorists are advised to watch for flaggers, signage and lane closures through the period of work. 
 
Questions about the project may be directed to Loudoun County Construction Manager Nick Brown at 571-258-3435.


 
 

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Possible Traffic Delays During Weekend Events

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office is advising residents of weekend/holiday events that may cause traffic delays in various areas of the county. 
 
The events listed below only include activities where traffic control is being conducted by the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office and where traffic may be impacted.
 
Friday, July 1
  • An event will be held from 5-6 p.m. in the South Riding area. Roads that may be impacted include Golf View Drive, Upper Clubhouse Drive, Maple Cross Street, Lighthouse Place and Center Street.
 
Saturday, July 2
  • An event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and then from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Leesburg/Ashburn area. The road that may be impacted is Evergreen Mill Road east of Rt. 659.
  • An event will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Hillsboro area. The roads that may be impacted are Rt. 9, Hillsboro Road and Mountain Road.
  • An event will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in the Hillsboro area. The roads that may be impacted are Rt. 9, Hillsboro Road and Mountain Road.
  • An event will be held from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Lansdowne area. The roads that may be impacted are Woodridge Parkway and Lansdowne Blvd.
  • An event will be held from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Lucketts area. The road that will be impacted is Lost Corner Road.
 
Sunday, July 3
  • An event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and then from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Leesburg/Ashburn area. The road that may be impacted is Evergreen Mill Road east of Rt. 659.
  • An event will be held from 5 p.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Lovettsville area. The roads that may be impacted are Milltown Road, East Broad Way and South Loudoun Street.
  • An event will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Arcola area. The roads that will be impacted are Evergreen Mills Road at Founders Drive.
 
Monday, July 4
  • An event will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Leesburg area. The roads that will be impacted are King Street and all cross streets.
  • An event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Purcellville area. The roads that will be impacted are East Main Street and all cross streets.
  • An event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Purcellville area. The road that will be impacted is Lincoln Road.
  • An event will be held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Purcellville area. The road that will be impacted is Business Rt. 7.
 
Tuesday, July 5
  • An event will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in the Ashburn area. The roads that will be impacted are Ashburn Village Blvd. between Bruceton Mills Circle and Cheltenham Circle and all cross streets.
 
Motorists are asked to please be patient, drive safely, follow all law-enforcement direction and have a safe holiday weekend.   


 
 

Monday, June 27, 2016

Commissioner of the Revenue to End DMV Select Services June 30

Robert S. Wertz Jr., Loudoun's Commissioner of the Revenue, reminds residents that his office will end DMV Select Services Thursday, June 30
 
Wertz notified the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) earlier this year that he would not renew the agreement to maintain DMV Select Services in his Leesburg and Sterling offices due to the substantial increase in the DMV workload.
 
DMV Select workload has increased 50% since Fiscal Year 2014 and over 500% since 2006 when these services were first offered, with the most significant increases over the last two years. 
 
Wertz said he has been provided assurance from DMV that its DMV 2 Go mobile customer service center will continue to visit his Sterling office, according to its regular schedule, so that customers will still have access to convenient DMV service in the area. A complete listing of DMV office locations and hours, and schedule of dates for visits by DMV 2 Go may be found online at www.dmvnow.com.
 
Loudoun residents are encouraged to utilize DMV's online services, including vehicle registration renewal, driver/vehicle records requests, driver's license renewal, and plate purchases.
 
For a full list of DMV's online services, visit www.dmvnow.com/OnlineServices



 
 

Silver Line Small Area Plan Presentation and Workshop on June 29

Loudoun County will host a presentation and workshop on the Silver Line Small Area Plan from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 29, at Moorefield Station Elementary School, 22325 Mooreview Parkway in Ashburn.
 
The Silver Line Small Area Plan will update the county's land use plan and policies to guide future development of land surrounding the Ashburn and Loudoun Gateway Metrorail Stations planned for the area.
 
The June 29 meeting will build upon previous planning efforts and public workshops that took place in 2015 as part of the Silver Line Land Use Scenario Planning Study. Staff from the Department of Planning and Zoning will present the draft land use plan and land use concepts for the area. Attendees will be asked to provide feedback on the draft land use plan to help guide continued work on the Small Area Plan document.
 
The Board of Supervisors initiated a Comprehensive Plan Amendment (CPAM) for development of a Silver Line Small Area Plan in March 2016.
 
Preliminary plan information will be posted to the project webpage at www.loudoun.gov/silverlinecpam on or around June 22 so that members of the public can review the materials prior to the meeting. The webpage also includes maps of the Small Area Plan Boundary, information and summaries from previous workshops, and the final reports of the completed studies.
 
For more information contact the Department of Planning and Zoning at 703-777-0246.  


 
 

Friday, June 24, 2016

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.
 
The events listed below only include activities where traffic control is being conducted by the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office and where traffic may be impacted.
 
Saturday, June 25
  • An event will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Leesburg area. Roads that may be impacted include James Monroe Hwy (Rt. 15) and Tutt Ln.
  • An event will be held from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Lucketts area. Lost Corner Road may be impacted. 
  • An event will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Broadlands area. Soave Drive will be closed between Northstar Blvd. and the eastern entrance to the parking garage.
 
Sunday, June 26
  • An event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Leesburg area. Roads that may be impacted include James Monroe Hwy (Rt. 15) and Tutt Ln.
 
Motorists are asked to please be patient, drive safely, follow all law-enforcement direction and have a safe weekend.

 
 

Herndon-Monroe Park & Ride Bus Bays "F" & "G" to Close Temporarily Beginning July 5

The Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project announces that on or about Tuesday, July 5, their crews will close Bus Bays "F" and "G" at the Herndon-Monroe Park and Ride to allow utility work for the future Herndon Metrorail Station to continue.
 
The bus routes currently served by F & G will be relocated to other Bus Bays and to a new bus stop designated "T." Signage will be in place to direct commuters to their new Bus Bay locations.
 
The closure of Bus Bays "F" and "G" will remain in effect for approximately two weeks.
 
Once the utility work has been completed, Bus Bay "F" will be returned to service and Bus Bays "G" and "H" will be demolished to make way for additional construction work, including the Pedestrian Pavilion and bridge that will connect commuters at the Herndon-Monroe Park and Ride to the future Herndon Metrorail Station currently under construction in the median of the Dulles International Airport Access Highway (DIAAH).
 
Visit www.dullesmetro.com/news-and-updates/press-releases/herndon-monroe-park-ride-bus-bays-f-g-to-close-temporarily-beginning-july-5/ to see a drawing of the affected areas.