Ribbon-cutting Ceremony Marks Completion of Old Keene Mill Park and Ride

December 3, 2010

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on Monday, Dec. 6, at 11 a.m., at the Old Keene Mill Park and Ride, 7039 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield to celebrate the opening of Fairfax County’s newest park and ride lot. Effective Dec. 6, “Bob’s Slug Line” will return to operating from the north end of the lot, bordering Old Keene Mill Road.

“We mark the completion of two key objectives for Springfield--facilitating and encouraging mass transit and turning a blighted eyesore into a community asset,” said Lee District Supervisor Jeffrey C. McKay. “ I am also pleased that the slug line that has successfully operated at this location for many years will continue.”

The park and ride has 277 spaces; should future funding become available, the property may be redeveloped as a 1,000 +/- space commuter parking garage.

One of the first slug lines ever documented, Bob’s Slug Line, operates from this location. 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.

For further information about the ceremony or reasonable ADA accommodations, call the Department of Transportation, 703-877-5600, TTY 711.


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