HOT lanes and Metro construction are going to make driving in Northern Virginia, especially around Tyson’s Corner, much worse in the next year or so. Route 7, route 123 and the beltway will have major surgery at various spots, bridges will be built and demolished, ramps will be constructed and Metro station rail lines are going in. “Planners are predicting that many of these drivers will find delays of 10 to 20 minutes — or sometimes longer — in 2010.”
Going west on route 7 in Tyson’s Corner from the Tyson’s I mall to the Dulles toll road during the Friday rush, for example, already can take 1/2 hour. Get ready for more delays.
To make matters worse, the area will see an influx of workers in the coming years and Tyson’s in particular is going to see considerable development of new office and residential space. Even more traffic will be created as Department of Defense base realignment and closures funnel thousands of workers into more areas completely dependent on cars for transit. In fact, almost anywhere you look in Fairfax, Arlington, Loudoun and Prince William counties is going to be swamped with significantly more traffic in the next ten years.
From the first Post article above, here are some alternatives for getting around:
Tysons Express/Prince William: Fifty-five-seat coaches make four morning and four evening trips each weekday between Woodbridge and Tysons. The buses have individual lighting and free Wi-Fi. Half-price fares until early July: $2.40 per ride with SmarTrip or $3 with cash. Go to http://PRTCtransit.org or call 703-730-6664.
Tysons Express/Loudoun: Starting June 21, the Loudoun version of the express will provide seven morning and seven afternoon trips between Leesburg and Broadlands South and Tysons. Fares will be $3 per ride with SmarTrip or $3.50 per ride cash. For more information, e-mail email@example.com or call 703-771-5665.
Tysons Connector: Two shuttle bus routes operate every 10 minutes around Tysons between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. weekdays. Go to http://fairfaxconnector.com or call 703-339-7200.
Metrobus/Fairfax Connector: There are plenty of regular bus routes throughout Tysons Corner, including Fairfax Connector routes 401, 425, 427 and 574 and Metrobus routes 2C, 2T, 3T, 5A, 15K, 15L, 15M, 23A, 23C, 24T, 28A, 28B and 28T. Connections to other regional transit routes are available at the West Falls Church Metro station and the Tysons Westpark Transit Station. Go to http://wmata.com or http://fairfaxcounty.gov/connector.
VanStart Program: A Megaprojects program helps get vanpools on the road while drivers recruit passengers to fill vacant sets. The program provides financial assistance to cover the expense of the vacant seats on new vanpools for up to a year. Available only while funds last. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 877-959-5222.
Employer Solutions Team: This office works with individual employers on transportation solutions tailored to their employees, including various financial incentives to get commuters out of their cars. Contact Janice Fortunato at 571-263-9209 or Marques Silva at 571-337-3115 or go to http://vamegaprojects.com/employer-solutions.
Telework!VA: This program offers advice on arrangements and financial subsidies that make it easier for employees to work from home or from telework centers. Call 866-469-1010 or visit http://teleworkva.org.
Commuter Connections: This network of commuter assistance programs for employers and employees encourages carpooling and vanpooling. Call 800-745-RIDE or go to http://commuterconnections.org.