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July 14, 2014

12
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CANCELED - Dr. Gridlock

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About the hosts

About the host

Robert Thomson

Robert Thomson is The Washington Post's Dr. Gridlock. He offers therapy for that most intimate relationship: the one between you and your commute. You can read his work on his namesake blog, as well as in the Metro section of The Washington Post.
Host: Tom Biesiadny

Tom Biesiadny

Tom Biesiadny has served since 2011 as direct of the Fairfax County Department of Transportation. His department provides public transportation, including the Fairfax Connector bus system, as well as highway, pedestrian and biking services for the most populous jurisdiction in the D.C. region.

Now Biesiadny is in the midst of one of the biggest transportation stories in the nation -- preparing commuters to use Metro's new Silver Line, with its five new rail stations in Fairfax County.

About the topic

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.

Q.

Robert Thomson :

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.

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Robert Thomson :

We've been having some technical problems with the chat. Plenty of questions. Hope to publish the answers momentarily.

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Robert Thomson :

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?

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Tom Biesiadny :

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.

– July 14, 2014 12:42 PM
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Tom Biesiadny :
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.
– July 14, 2014 12:42 PM
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Robert Thomson :

From Dr. Gridlock: Mr. Biesiadny, what was the biggest challenged you've faced in preparing for the Silver Line's opening?

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Tom Biesiadny :

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.

– July 14, 2014 12:45 PM
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Parking

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.
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Tom Biesiadny :
Parking fees at the Wiehle Reston East Station will be the same as at all other Fairfax County Metrorail Stations. 
– July 14, 2014 12:55 PM
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Robert Thomson :

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.

Stay safe.

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