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I-66 HOV Ramps Opening to All Traffic during Off-Peak Hours Beginning Feb. 28

From Fairfax County:

At long last, the HOV ramps on I-66 at Monument Drive and Stringfellow Road will open to all traffic during off-peak hours and on weekends beginning at 10am Monday, February 28. While opening the ramps will not solve all the traffic problems on I-66, it will immediately ease congestion along that route as well as US-50, the Fairfax County Parkway, and Route 28. 

 

Opening these ramps during off-peak hours will also give motorists another way to avoid the construction happening as VDOT adds a new interchange where the Fairfax County Parkway and the Fair Lakes Parkway intersect.

 

10 Tips for Getting the Most Bang for Your Buck at the Gas Pump

10 Tips for Getting the Most Bang for Your Buck at the Gas Pump

From CherMurphyPR:

The average national gas price is $3.13 per gallon, representing a $.48 per gallon increase from a year ago. And many analysts are predicting that prices will continue to climb throughout 2011. Rather than digging deeper into the wallet to pay more, many people are looking (and finding) ways to save money at the gas pump.

“Most of the time, we drive around without much thought about economizing on fuel,” says Barbara Terry (www.barbaraterry.com and www.howathletesroll.com). “But there are many things we can do to save gas. Especially during tough economic times and when gas prices are up, we should be making an effort to keep those costs lower.”

Virginia Advances New I-95 HOV and HOT Lanes Project

Virginia Advances New I-95 HOV and HOT Lanes Project

From VDOT:

CHANTILLY— The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will advance a new I-95 High Occupancy Vehicle/High Occupancy Toll (HOV/HOT) lanes project to relieve a major bottleneck in the HOV lanes and create a seamless network for travelers along I-95 and the Capital Beltway, Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean T. Connaughton announced today. VDOT will also construct a new HOV ramp at the Mark Center site at I-395 and Seminary Road.

VDOT developed the I-95/395 HOV/HOT Lanes project to expand highway capacity, enhance carpooling opportunities, and fund transit in the corridor.  The project has been severely delayed due to a lawsuit filed by Arlington County. The delay has had a detrimental impact on the timing, scope, and private finances of the project as originally envisioned. 

Virginia Department of Transportation Gives Winter Driving Tips

Virginia Department of Transportation Gives Winter Driving Tips

From VDOT:

Motorists are encouraged to check current weather, road conditions and traffic cameras before traveling by visiting www.511virginia.org or by calling 511.

CUE Bus Base Fare Increases by 10¢ Effective January 2, 2011

CUE Bus Base Fare Increases by 10¢ Effective January 2, 2011

FAIRFAX, Va. — Effective January 2, 2011, the City of Fairfax CUE Bus base fares will increase by 10¢ to $1.70 per person. Only the base fare is affected.  Fare remains $1.50 for SmarTrip users.  Fares for elementary and high school students, riders with disabilities and senior citizens with valid ID remain 75¢.

Children age 3 and younger continue to ride for free, as do George Mason University students, staff and faculty with ID.  For information, call 703-385-7859.

Stop fumbling for cash for bus fare: switch to SmarTrip.  CUE Bus patrons may recharge these permanent plastic cards at any Metro station, on the Metro website — even on the CUE Bus.  For information, visit www.wmata.com or call 202-637-6700.

Tysons Connector to Cease Operations Dec. 30

Tysons Connector to Cease Operations Dec. 30

From Virginia MegaProjects:

ALEXANDRIA — The Tysons Connector - the free midday shuttle bus service in Tysons Corner - will operate for two more weeks with its last day of service Dec. 30, 2010.  After one year of operation, ridership was not sufficient to meet minimum goals needed to viably continue the service.

Tysons Connector began in November 2009 to serve area businesses, residents, shoppers and visitors within Tysons Corner.  The service was launched to provide travel options within Tysons during construction of the Dulles Metrorail project as part of the project's comprehensive transportation management plan.

Until Dec. 30, Tysons Connector will continue to operate at 10-minute intervals between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday within Tysons Corner.

After Dec. 30, those riders who use the Tysons Connector may be able to get around Tysons Corner by using the following routes:

Route 50 Lane Closures Set for Weekend of December 11-12

From Springfield Governmental Center: