Regional Briefing

Regional Briefing

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

TRANSPORTATION

Rest Stops Taken Out of Service

Eighteen highway rest stops in Virginia were scheduled to shut down Monday night, the latest step in the state's struggle to close a $2.6 billion shortfall in transportation revenues.

One more rest area, on Interstate 66 in Manassas, is scheduled to close in September. The shuttered facilities will be stripped of fixtures and equipment that can be used at 23 other rest stops that will continue to operate.

In addition to closing rest areas, cash-strapped officials at the Virginia Department of Transportation are cutting construction funding by $2 billion over the next six years, reducing administrative and support programs by $391 million, cutting maintenance and operations by $348 million and eliminating 1,450 full- and part-time positions.

A map of the rest areas that will be closed is available at www.virginiadot.org/news/resources/Statewide/19_SRAWC_Closures.pdf.

-- Ashley Halsey III

Metro to Close Four Sales Outlets

Metro announced Monday that it will close four sales locations where bus riders have been able to buy Farecards.

The sales offices at Royal Street Bus Garage in Alexandria, Four Mile Run Bus Garage in Arlington and Landover Bus Garage in Hyattsville are slated to close July 31. On Aug. 23, the office at Western Bus Garage in the District will also shut its doors.

In announcing the change, Metro officials said that few riders buy Farecards at those locations and that the cards are available at area retailers.

Giant Food, Safeway and CVS are among the stores that sell Farecards.


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