Joan Morris 703-259-1799
Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779
Feb. 24, 2011
VIRGINIA ANNOUNCES PLAN FOR EASING COMMUTER PARKING SHORTAGE IN PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY
WOODBRIDGE ―Virginia Secretary Sean T. Connaughton today announced plans to immediately invest about $7.8 million to ease the commuter parking shortage in Prince William County. The shortage was created when Potomac Mills Mall closed 700 of its parking spaces on Feb. 14 due to their planned expansion.
“Every day thousands of carpoolers, slugs and transit riders count on adequate and accessible park-n-ride lots along the I-95 corridor to take advantage of the fast-moving HOV lanes,” said Secretary Connaughton. “I’ve commuted from Prince William on I-95 for almost 25 years and know first-hand how essential commuter parking is to Prince William and its citizens.”
To alleviate the parking crunch, Prince William County is leasing 370 spaces for commuters at the First Baptist Church at the corner of Minnieville Road and Elm Farm Road in Woodbridge. VDOT will fund the lease for up to five years at a cost of $288,600 per year. The exact opening date for parking will be announced by the end of this month.
VDOT also will fund construction of a $7.2 million, 600-space park-and-ride lot on Telegraph Road, less than a quarter-mile from the 2,400-space Horner Road lot. Prince William County will do the construction which should begin by the end of the year and take one year to complete. The site formerly housed PRTC buses.
In addition, as part of the I-95 high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes project now in development, VDOT will look at additional commuter lot expansion.
Until the Baptist Church parking opens, commuters should consider parking at the I-95/Route 123 lot off Annapolis Way or the Dale Boulevard/Gemini Way lot in Dale City. Both lots are underused. More details about available parking and helpful tips are available on Prince William County's website.
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