Fairfax County to Demolish Former Circuit City Building to Prepare for Future Park and Ride Lot
June 28, 2010
Starting Tuesday, July 6, Fairfax County will begin work on the future Old Keene Mill Road Park and Ride lot in Springfield with the demolition of the former Circuit City building, located at 7039 Old Keene Mill Road, near Springfield Boulevard in Springfield. The construction site is fenced and closed to pedestrians and vehicles. The existing slug line (sometimes referred to as “Bob’s Slug Line” from its previous days on the former Bob’s Big Boy site) will remain open from 5:45 – 9:15 a.m. during construction. Pedestrians are asked to use the sidewalks along Springfield Boulevard and Old Keene Mill Road to access carpools or buses.
The property is popular with sluggers due to its high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes access and the well-established slug line that operates there. The site was purchased in March 2010 using Fairfax County commercial and industrial revenues for transportation. The park and ride will have approximately 270 spaces; should future funding become available, the property may be redeveloped as a 1,000 +/- space commuter parking garage. The surface park and ride lot is expected to be opened by the end of 2010.
Slugging is a unique and mutually beneficial form of commuting that consists of drivers — who need additional passengers in order to use the HOV lanes — picking up riders who need a ride to work. No money is exchanged, yet it is a commuter-organized system with its own set of rules, proper etiquette, and specific pick-up and drop-off locations, all with no government involvement. Slugging has been in the Washington, D.C., metro area for approximately 35 years. One of the first slug lines ever documented, Bob’s Slug Line, can be found at this location.
Three additional park and ride lots are within walking distance:
- Springfield Plaza, 6400 Springfield Plaza, 258 spaces.
- American Legion, 6500 Amherst Avenue, 100 spaces.
- Springfield United Methodist Church, 6501 Spring Road, 56 spaces.
The Old Keene Mill Road location is also accessible from the Backlick North Park and Ride, via Fairfax Connector routes 331 and 332.
For more information on transportation services within Fairfax County, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot.
For information regarding Fairfax Connector bus service, visit www.fairfaxconnector.com or call the telephone information center at 703-339-7200, TTY 703-339-1608.
For information about this news item, contact Ellen Kamilakis at 703-877-5606, TTY 711.