Aug. 19 Highway Closure to Impact Fairfax Connector Service


August 18, 2011

Major traffic gridlock is expected from Leesburg to Arlington on Friday afternoon, Aug. 19 for this year’s America’s 9/11 Foundation motorcycle event. Fairfax Connector service will be significantly impacted.

Passengers are encouraged to visit Fairfax Connector’s Facebook and Twitter sites for updates throughout the event at www.facebook.com/fairfaxconnector and www.twitter.com/ffxconnector; mobile versions at m.facebook.com/fairfaxconnector and mobile.twitter.com/ffxconnector. Passengers do not need to sign-up for accounts on these sites to view information. As soon as closures and restrictions are lifted, Fairfax Connector will return to operating normal service and passengers will be notified via Facebook and Twitter.

For information on the Dulles Toll Road closure, visit Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority’s Web site at http://mwaa.com/4245.htm. For information on the I-66 closure, visit Virginia State Police’s Web site at http://www.vsp.state.va.us/News/2011/NOVA_Traffic_Advisory-911_Anniversary_Ride_to_Impact_Friday_Commute.pdf.

Fairfax Connector is anticipating significant delays. If possible, passengers are encouraged to telework, re-arrange their work schedules or take leave. For those planning to work a regular day, Fairfax Connector is committed to operating buses until all passengers get home. Passengers are asked to please be patient and flexible as we adjust to changing dynamics of the event. Please also allow plenty of time for travel Friday afternoon and plan possible alternate routes.

Additional Fairfax Connector supervisors will be on hand to assist passengers, expedite boarding and assign buses to routes, based on demand. Additional drivers and buses will be supplied from divisions with areas that are less impacted by the closures.

To efficiently transport passengers around the region, the following detours and route modifications will occur:

West Falls Church Metro Station

To transport the most passengers, trips will operate at capacity. Approximately 20 buses will be staged at West Falls Church to begin afternoon service at 3 p.m. The following six routes will operate from West Falls Church Metro Station:

  • Routes 425 and 427 will operate to and from the Metro south-side bus bays of West Falls Church Metro Station.
  • Routes 505 and 555 will operate a normal route but will make a final stop at the Herndon-Monroe Park and Ride.
  • Routes 950 and 980 will operate a normal route, carrying the balance of Fairfax Connector passengers to Herndon-Monroe Park and Ride where buses for routes 551, 552, 553, 554, 557, 585, 951 and 952 will be waiting to transport passengers along their normal routes.
  • A shuttle will operate between Herndon-Monroe Park and Ride and Franconia-Springfield Metro Station via the Fairfax County Parkway between 2:30 – 7 p.m.

Crystal City and Pentagon Metro Stations

  • No afternoon Route 595 or 597 trips will operate.
  • 595 and 597 passengers can take the Orange Line to West Falls Church Metro Station where they can board Route 505 to Reston North Park and Ride.
  • 595 and 597 passengers can also take the shuttle that will operate between Herndon-Monroe Park and Ride and Franconia-Springfield Metro Station via the Fairfax County Parkway between 2:30 – 7 p.m.
  • Route 380D will operate between Franconia-Springfield Metro Station and Backlick North and Gambrill Road Park and Ride lots.

Vienna Metro Station

Approximately 20 buses will be staged at the Vienna Metro Station to begin afternoon service at 4 p.m. The following nine routes will operate from Vienna Metro Station:

  • Routes 462, 463 and 466 will operate a normal route with significant delays.
  • Routes 621, 622 and 623 will use local roads to operate service between the Fairfax County Government Center and the Vienna Metro Station.
  • Routes 632, 642 and 652 will carry the balance of Fairfax Connector passengers to Stringfellow Road Park and Ride where buses for routes 631, 641 and 651 will be waiting to transport passengers along their normal routes.
  • Route 644 passengers should board Route 642 buses.

For information on this news item, contact Ellen Kamilakis at 703-877-5606, TTY 711.

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