The Washington Post's Dr. Gridlock, Robert Thomson, will be online to take all your questions about Metro, traffic throughout the region and other transportation issues.
Welcome, travelers. Our guest on today's chat is Tom Biesiadny, director of the Fairfax County Department of Transportation. His department has spent several years preparing for the opening of Metro's Silver Line, which will have five new stations in the county.
To get people to the new stations, the county's Fairfax Connector bus system is making many changes that will affect long-standing travel patterns.
We've been having some technical problems with the chat. Plenty of questions. Hope to publish the answers momentarily.
Here's another reader question submitted via e-mail:
I would like to go from the Clarendon Metro Station to go shopping at the largest mall in Tysons Corner. What stop would I go to, how much would it cost during rush hour, and how do I get from the station to the mall?
Can I walk or do I need to take a bus or shuttle?
To access Tysons Corner Center, use the Tysons Corner Metrorail Station. The fare from Clarendon is $3.70 peak and $2.90 off peak. There is a direct pedestrian bridge from the station into the mall.
From Dr. Gridlock: Mr. Biesiadny, what was the biggest challenged you've faced in preparing for the Silver Line's opening?
There have been a number of challenges, but the biggest challenge we faced has been reorienting more than 40 percent of the Fairfax Connector service. This involved preparing initial proposals, seeking community feedback, modify the proposals and the preparing for implementation by hiring and training drivers and mechanics and preparing and distributing information about the service changes to the public.
Any word on the times that parking will be charged for the Wiehle station garage? Currently all other metro garages charge for exit from 10:30AM to close. Hoping this will be the same.
Readers, We're still having technical problems with the chat. So here's what we're doing: We're going to suspend the chat now, but Tom Biesiadny has your questions related to the Fairfax County role in the Silver Line service. He's going to answer them and send them to me.
Look for his responses to appear on the Dr. Gridlock blog, and I'll include them in my column in Sunday's Metro section.
Please rejoin me next Monday. That will be the first weekday experience with Metro's "simulated service" on the Silver Line, and we'll probably need to talk more about that, among other things in local transportation.