Oct. 10 Ribbon-cutting Ceremony at McConnell PSTOC
Sept. 30, 2008
- Ribbon-cutting scheduled for Friday, Oct. 10 at 10:30 a.m.
- McConnell Public Safety and Transportation Operations Center (MPSTOC) named in honor of former Springfield District Supervisor Elaine McConnell.
- The West Ox Complex is a unique partnership among Fairfax County, the commonwealth of Virginia and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.
A ribbon-cutting will be held on Friday, Oct. 10, to celebrate the opening of the McConnell Public Safety and Transportation Operations Center (MPSTOC) at the West Ox Complex. The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the MPSTOC, located at 4890 Alliance Drive [near the intersection of Lee Highway (Rt. 29)/West Ox Road (Rt. 608)/Fairfax County Parkway (Rt. 7100)].
The West Ox Complex is a hub for public safety and transportation services. The 250-acre complex will encompass the McConnell Public Safety and Transportation Operations Center (MPSTOC); the Bus Operations Center; the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)/Virginia State Police (VSP) administration building; and VDOT area maintenance facilities.
The McConnell PSTOC – an approximately 114,000-square-foot facility – is a partnership between Fairfax County and the commonwealth of Virginia that brings multiple agencies and functions together under one roof. The mission of the partnership is to enhance the effectiveness of public safety response, improve traffic congestion management and better manage the response to and recovery from major emergencies.
Earlier this year, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to name the facility the “McConnell Public Safety and Transportation Operations Center” in honor of former Fairfax County Supervisor Elaine McConnell (Springfield District). The board called McConnell a “champion in the field of public safety and transportation.”
The McConnell PSTOC, which cost $135.5 million, came in on budget and on time with substantial completion occurring in July. Agencies to be located in the facility will move in during the next several months with full occupancy slated for mid-2009 with the migration of the county’s 9-1-1 Center.
Agencies in the McConnell PSTOC
Fairfax County agencies:
- The Department of Public Safety Communications (DPSC – the county’s 9-1-1 Center), which receives and dispatches all 9-1-1 emergency and nonemergency police, fire and rescue calls in the county.
- The Fire and Rescue and Police departments, which will have staff on the operations floor, assisting with specific fire and police dispatching.
- The Office of Emergency Management (OEM), which oversees and activates the county’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) during emergency incidents.
- The Police Department’s Forensics facility, which is housed in a separate building connected to the MPSTOC.
- The Virginia Department of Transportation’s Northern Region Transportation Operations Center (TOC). The TOC monitors traffic and incidents by using cameras and other information-gathering mechanisms to better manage day-to-day traffic flow and large incidents.
- The Virginia Department of State Police (VSP) Division 7 communication center, which receives and dispatches all #77 (interstate-related) calls for the Northern Virginia region.
The Bus Operations Center is a joint-use facility shared by the Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). FCDOT’s contracted service provider will operate Fairfax Connector service and WMATA will operate Metrobus service from the Bus Operations Center to serve central and western Fairfax County. Phase 1 includes close to 85,000 square feet and consists of three major buildings: administrative/operations; maintenance; service (fuel and wash).
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