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.


  

Monday, December 12, 2016

Lane Closures at Belmont Ridge Rd. and Northstar Blvd.

Loudoun County officials announce upcoming revisions to a recently completed signage and striping project at the intersection of Belmont Ridge Road (Route 659) and Northstar Boulevard in Ashburn.


Beginning on or about Monday, Dec. 19, through approximately Friday, Dec. 23, modifications to the existing intersection will be ongoing. During this period there will be varying lane closures between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 9:30 a.m. to noon on Friday. Varying lane closures will affect Belmont Ridge Road and Northstar Boulevard 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 Nicholas.Brown@loudoun.gov or 571-258-3435.


  

Friday, December 2, 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.

  • A 5k event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the South Riding area. The roads that may be impacted include Riding Center Drive, Unicorn Drive, Fleming Street, Longacre Drive, Lemon Tree Place, Freedom Street and Bradshaw Drive.
  • Two Holiday parades will be held on Dec. 3 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Middleburg area. The roads that may be impacted include John Mosby Highway (Rt. 50) will be closed during the 11:00 a.m. for the Hunt and Hounds Parade and during the 2 p.m. for the Holiday Parade. Detours will be set up for traffic within the Town limits. Also, traffic will be impacted the areas of Rt.50 and Carters Farm Lane and Rt. 50 and Zula Road due to parking and shuttle for the Holiday Parades.
  • An event will be held on Sunday, Dec. 4 from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Ashburn area. The roads that may be impacted include Portsmouth Blvd., Claiborne Parkway, Breezy Hill Road, Hay Road, and Charter Oak Drive.

Motorists are asked to please be patient, drive safely, follow all law-enforcement direction and have a safe weekend.


  

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Next Phase of Metrorail SafeTrack Program Will Affect Loudoun Commuters

The next phase of the Metrorail maintenance program, SafeTrack, is scheduled for November 28-December 21 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 11th “surge” of the SafeTrack plan will reduce the frequencies of trains at the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station from six minutes to approximately every 20 minutes. The surge will result in single tracking between the West Falls Church and East Falls Church Metro stations. The direct effects on Loudoun County bus riders will be:  

  • From Monday, November 28 through Wednesday, December 21, Loudoun County Transit will re-route two of its Metro-Connection bus service routes – Potomac Falls Routes 901 and 902 – 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 20 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