Joan Morris 703-259-1799
Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779
Aug. 18, 2014
VDOT UPGRADES TYSONS TRAVEL DISPLAYS
New features include real-time Silver Line and bus info
TYSONS CORNER—Starting today, visitors to Tysons Corner Center can use new transit features on the Virginia Department of Transportation’s traveler information screens to help navigate the new Metro Silver Line and connecting bus lines.
VDOT’s five high-definition displays were originally installed throughout the mall in fall 2009 to provide construction information and travel options related to the I-495 Express Lanes and Silver Line projects. Now that both projects are complete, the displays have been redesigned to provide multi-modal travel information, including traffic, bus and metro schedules, and real-time transit information where possible for shoppers and employees.
“The goal is to empower people to make choices—on how to travel, or when to depart,” said Amy Tang McElwain, VDOT’s Northern Region Operations project manager. “For instance, if there is heavy traffic, they can choose to run an additional errand at the mall.”
“Long-term, these displays will give all the information someone needs on getting to and leaving Tysons, as well as travel options to consider, for that day or their next trip.”
The following features will be rolled out on the displays through the end of September:
- Today: The displays will show real-time Silver Line train arrival times, real-time Metro bus arrival times, and scheduled Fairfax Connector and PRTC buses. A mall map showing the bus stops and rail station will help users become familiar with transit choices to and from the mall.
- Labor Day: Real-time traffic information returns with improved content such as a travel-time map.
- End of September: Additional improvements including real-time rotating video from nearby traffic cameras.
The Tysons Corner Center information screens were redesigned to be consistent with similar displays throughout the region. The displays use Redmon Group’s Transit Displays™ software, which is currently used in 50 Metro-area installations, and is expected at more than 80 additional locations this year, including Arlington County, Alexandria, George Mason University, Montgomery County, several federal agency buildings and other employers in D.C.
The total cost of upgrades to the five displays at Tysons is about $29,000.
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