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New slug line starts Oct. 19

By Potomac Local October 5, 2010 6:30 am

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Photo: Mary Davidson

Commuters use a busy Interstate 95 near Woodbridge on a weekday morning. (Mary Davidson)

Photo: Mary Davidson

Commuters use a busy Interstate 95 near Woodbridge on a weekday morning. (Mary Davidson)

Woodbridge, Va. –– Commuters can rejoice as a new slug line to Alexandria starts Oct. 19.

Slug-lines.com in their quarterly newsletter announced the new slug line, which for the first time will take commuters directly to Alexandria.

The new line is in addition to other slug lines that take Virginia commuters to Washington, Crystal City, The Pentagon and Rosslyn.

The new line originates in Woodbridge, at the Kiss ‘N Ride lot at Virginia Railway Express’ Woodbridge station on U.S. 1.

During the morning commute, Slugs will be picked up at the Kiss ‘N Ride  lot at the train station – where parking is free – between 6:45 to 8:30 a.m. Drivers will then take Interstate 95 to I-495 (the Capital Beltway) and then go either to the Eisenhower Avenue or King Street Metro stations on the Yellow line in Alexandria.

In the afternoon, slugs are asked to stand the Alexandria VRE station, next to the King Street Metro station, where they will be picked up and taken back to the VRE station in Woodbridge, according to organizers.

If there is a lack of drivers to take slugs back to Woodbridge, organizers say commuters should take VRE.

The success of the slug lines over the past 30 years can be attributed to the High Occupancy Vehicle lanes on I-95, between Prince William County and the Pentagon.

Currently, no HOV lane exists on I-495.

A private company is building two High Occupancy Toll lanes on the inner-loop of the Capital Beltway, between Springfield, Tysons Corner and Dulles Toll Road.

The $1.4 billion project is scheduled to open in late 2013.

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