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Please!? Broadlands South Lot Buses to DC

Discussion in 'Community Carpool Connection' started by Dawne, Apr 12, 2011.

  1. Dawne

    Dawne HOAB Sec-Treas/Tech Comm

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    As most riders on LCCS know, the DNTC is completely overloaded. There are often more than 100 cars parked in unmarked spaces (source: CBAB Minutes from March).

    Additionally, 25-30% of busses leaving DNTC are SRO (ibid). I find I must arrive at LEAST 20 minutes before the bus' scheduled departure in order to get a seat. Thankfully, it's not 20 degrees outside in the mornings any more.

    While I appreciate there's no looming fare increase for "long haul" riders, I'd much rather be able to get a seat than have wi-fi installed on the bus (a current consideration).

    Why can't LCCS see the advantage of putting a stop at Broadlands South lot. Seems it would be a simple matter to come off Exit 6 on the Greenway, stop at the Park & Ride lot at the shopping center (Harris Teeter) and get back on the Greenway at Exit 6. Use one of the Purceville runs - that aren't chronically full - to make this pick up. Certainly, this would help ease the crowds at DNTC.

    Unfortunately, news from LCCS at this time says:

    The Broadlands South lot ... located at the Broadlands South Shopping Center ... is currently a park & ride lot ... but at this point in time it is used only for carpool & vanpool parking. Some kind of commuter bus service will be available at this lot once the Loudoun County Parkway is completed.

    Perhaps it's a parking issue at the shopping center - maybe 75 spots is inadequate?
  2. afgm

    afgm Ashburn Farm Resident

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    Use the Ashburn Farm Shuttle to Dulles North. It's convenient, on time and avoids parking hassles. And it's free.
  3. Dawne

    Dawne HOAB Sec-Treas/Tech Comm

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    I already leave at 6 am to catch the 6:30 bus. I can't imagine adding another 15-20 minutes to drive and park to catch the shuttle. I don't have any trouble getting parking at DNTC... just a seat.
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    afgm Ashburn Farm Resident

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    I use it and it gets me to Dulles North faster than driving. When I drive I refuse to use the $5 Greedway and Waxpool is a mess. The Shuttle uses the Greedway and I am there in under 15 minutes. It's a great deal. Obvious your experience differs.
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    Dawne HOAB Sec-Treas/Tech Comm

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    Where do you pick it up?

    Actually, Waxpool isn't bad...course, it's o'dark thirty.
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    afgm Ashburn Farm Resident

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    I catch it at Claiborne and Windmill. It also stops near the Giant on Ashburn Farm Parkway. The first stop is near the old Shoppers on Ashburn Farm Parkway. Same drop offs in the afternoon.

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