Joan Morris 703-259-1799
Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779
Sept. 3, 2009
VDOT EXTENDS SHOULDER USE HOURS FOR BUSES ON DULLES CONNECTOR ROAD
CHANTILLY—Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will allow buses heading to the West Falls Church Metro to travel on the shoulder of the eastbound Dulles Connector Road during the morning rush.
Buses will be permitted to ride the shoulder from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. for 1.3 miles, from just east of the Route 123 interchange to the exit for the West Falls Church Metro.
“Using the shoulder allows buses to bypass the congestion on the mainline and helps ensure that transit riders have reliable travel times to the Metro,” said Claudia Llana, VDOT transportation planner.
Since 2000, VDOT has allowed buses to the use same shoulder during the afternoon peak period, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. The speed limit on the shoulder is 25 mph.
As many as 170 buses use the shoulder between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. VDOT expects 140 buses will use the shoulder from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.
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