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Additional Commuter Parking Spaces to Come in 2012

600 additional parking spaces to come to Telegraph Road parking lot.

Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean T. Connaughton announced today Prince William County would be seeing construction of a 600-parking space park-and-ride lot at Telegraph Road in the next year.

The Telegraph Road parking lot is the former Potomac Rappahanock Transportation Commission parking lot and it is located less than a quarter of a mile from the popular Horner Road commuter parking lot.

“These are making additional improvements,” said Secretary Connaughton. ”We need to make sure that we keep the capacity that we have.”

Since the reduction of 700 spaces at the , the county has been looking for a way to make up the difference.

Virginia Department of Transportation said that construction of the Telegraph Road lot would cost $7.2 million and would take about a year to construct.

“We want all the access to be safe,” said Director of Prince William County Transportation Tom Blaser. “We want to do it right with lighting and safe pedestrian access."

Secretary Connaughton said that the state would invest $7.8 million in total to help alleviate commuter concerns countywide. 

The Telegraph announcement coincides with an official announcement of an additional 370 commuter parking spaces at First Baptist Church in Woodbridge, which will be open for commuters to use on March 14.

Blaser said that the county has inked a ; Virginia Department of Transportation has also pledged that it would fund the church lease for up to five years.

Secretary Connaughton also said that in the longer term, there are plans for thousands of commuter parking spaces along the Interstate 95 corridor that would accompany the High Occupancy Transportation (HOT) Lanes project.

Chairman Corey Stewart also noted that two-thirds of the population of Prince William County commutes mostly north on I-95 and that there is a need to continue to focus on commuting.

Lauren Jost February 24, 2011 at 08:37 PM
Sabrina A., You are correct. On a monthly basis, the county lease breaks down to $65/month.
Jimmy J. February 28, 2011 at 04:08 PM
I don't agree with the location. I truly miss parking at Potomac Mills, but going all the way down Dale Blvd, only to come back to essentially half a mile or so from where I live just to hop on 95 is ridiculous. I wish a deal could be brokered with the Hylton Memorial Chapel.
Lauren Jost February 28, 2011 at 05:57 PM
Hi J. Jaen, Where do you slug to in Washington, D.C.? There are other deals in the mix and we'll see them come out in the coming weeks and months.
Jimmy J. February 28, 2011 at 06:19 PM
I actually slug down to Rosslyn. Potomac Mills was very convenient. I went down to the Dale City lot one time last week, but have been going to Tackett's Mill since then. The Dale City lot while a decent option is just too far for me and coming back in the evening you get stuck in the exit traffic from 95.
Karin Arnold April 22, 2011 at 07:40 PM
Without those willing to slug into the city, and those willing to pick up slugs for the convenience, there would be MADNESS on the roads! Sluggers save the government from the cost of upgrading and expanding the current infrastructure. The roads are not built wide enough to get everyone to and from work, and what are the alternatives to getting into the city? The train? I think not. Slugging helps this transportation mess! I agree -- teleworking is not practical for everyone. In theory, it would be perfect!

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