Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Holiday Signal-timing for 14 Area Shopping Centers

From Thanksgiving through New Year's Day, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will time signals to help move drivers through major shopping centers around Northern Virginia.
Using traffic data gathered during last year's holiday season, VDOT developed time- and location-specific signal-timing plans at 222 intersections.
"Each year, the goal is to accommodate the changing traffic patterns expected around the shopping centers as efficiently as possible," said Ling Li, Operations Engineering Manager at VDOT's Transportation Operations Center in Fairfax.
Engineers will also use traffic cameras and traffic sensors to monitor conditions and make adjustments in real time, even on holidays, to help keep traffic moving in especially congested areas such as Tysons, Virginia Gateway and Fair Oaks Mall areas.
Holiday signal timing will be in effect from Thursday, Nov. 26, through Jan. 1, 2016 at the following shopping centers:   
  • Tysons and Galleria Shopping Centers
  • Reston Town Center 
  • Fair Lakes Shopping Center
  • Fair Oaks Mall
  • Potomac Mills Mall
  • Manassas Mall
  • Springfield Mall
  • Cascades Town Center
  • Potomac Run Center
  • Dulles Town Center
  • Leesburg Outlets
  • Dulles 28 Centre
  • Virginia Gateway Shopping Center
  • Tysons Displays Refreshed
Also in time for Black Friday, VDOT's travel information displays at Tysons Corner Mall have been refreshed with a revised, easier-to-read layout. The screens display real-time Metro and bus arrivals, as well as a rotating display of bus locations, travel times, traffic cameras, road conditions and incidents near Tysons.

A new screen is also in place this year near the first-floor food court that exits at parking garage C. The additional five screens are located near the movie theatres, Starbucks, Barnes and Noble and Macy's. Shoppers are reminded of these tools to help them use Metro or Bus to avoid holiday shopping traffic and congestion in the Tysons area.
VDOT offers shoppers the following tips for staying safe and avoiding traffic:
• Put down the cellphone, especially while exiting or entering a shopping center and angling for a parking space.
• Avoid multiple trips to the mall. Consider getting shopping done all in one day, with an early start around 8 a.m. or 9 a.m.


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