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The Early Bird Gets the Slugs In Northern Virginia

The Early Bird Gets the Slugs in Northern VirginiaIt's spring and the yards of full of birds looking for tasty treats.  In Northern Virignia the early birds looking for slugs aren't the birds though, they are drivers headed to the Pentagon and other stops in DC, looking to pick up passengers so they can zip on the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes headed north.

Over the last few weeks the slug lines in the Woodbridge area of Prince William County (PWC) have made a shift causing a bit of panic among commuters.   When Potomac Mills mall reduced the number of commuter parking spaces from 1000 to 250 you could feel the ground shake.  Fortunately the First Baptist Church at the corner of Minneville and Prince William Parkway has struck a deal with PWC for 370 commuter parking spaces.  Local Omni Buses will be rerouted to the new location starting on March 14, 2011. 

The closing of the slug lines at Potomac Mills Mall has created a backlog at the other commuter lots in the area.  Now lots that weren't full are now packed by 8 AM.  Then there was the shift of where commuters could be picked up for the ride home in DC.  Now instead of pick-ups at 15th Street between H and New York, sluggers need to head over to New York Ave between 14th and 15th Street.

If you aren't from the Northern Virginia area you might wonder, who cares?  The truth is our slug lines are unique.  When I talk to anyone relocating to the area and we start to discuss commuting options the idea of becoming a freeloader in someone else's car never crossed their mind.  However it is one of the best unofficial ways to utilize our local HOV lanes.  It has always worked well, is safe and organized.

With the rise in gas prices and the rise in metro fares being able to share the ride is a win/win for everyone.  Now we just need the new parking spaces so things can get back to normal for commuters going to and from Woodbridge.

 

 


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Comment balloon 8 commentsCindy Jones • March 01 2011 06:51PM

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Cindy, in this part of the country, we do not have slug lines......what a great way to save money and commute together.

Posted by Kay Van Kampen, Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate (RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX Solutions) over 7 years ago

Cindy....I can't imagine living and working where they have a parking problem....Nice info fro the people living or moving into your area!
Hope you have a great day!---Rob

Posted by Rob Thomas, Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro (Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954) over 7 years ago

Cindy, I used to commuter park...and I know the feeling well....if you don't get there early you go the distance and have quite a walk from another lot!

Posted by Ellen Caruso (Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty) over 7 years ago

Cindy, this was a very intersting post although my first reaction was "Slugs, Gross!!!"  This seems like it would be a terrible time for those willing to share a ride to lose a place to park.  I hope it all works out well.   

Posted by Sondra Meyer:, See It. Experience It. Live It. (Star View Real Estate ) over 7 years ago

Kay-it's a great commuting option in our area.  Different yes but it works.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 7 years ago

Rob-you are fortunate to be able to enjoy a leisurely commute and no parking problems.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 7 years ago

Ellen-the recent changes have caused some confusion for commuters.  Thins shoud settle down again soon.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 7 years ago

Sondra-there has been a fairly big issue to straighten out.  Being able to share a ride or catch the bus is a big part of our commuting culture.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 7 years ago

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