Dear Lane Ranger: I've missed your last few columns -- my
apologies if this topic has already been covered there. The
new Horner Road parking lot is about finished. I have two
1. Is VDOT or the county going to set up designated slug
lines? The current system is a bit of a mess, with only one
"real" line for the current lot. Sometimes the
line is so long it spills into the entry lanes and people
start going down to the shelter closer to the
"downhill" lot. The "powers that be"
could make life easier for everyone with a few signs.
2. Is Potomac Mills taking back its parking spaces when
the other lot opens?
P.S. I see your column is not online. Why? -- Randy Avis
Dear Randy: I don't know why my column is not online. The
Lane Ranger is only a mere reporter, not one of those smart
Internet Web masters who can do math.
Let's see, continuing to work backward:
Potomac Mills has not indicated any intention to
eliminate commuter spaces when the Horner Road lot is
complete, said Supervisor Ruth T. Griggs, R-Occoquan.
Her district contains the Horner Road commuter lot, which
will be the biggest in the region when its expansion opens
the end of July with 2,000-space lot.
"Potomac Mills is allowing commuters access to
substantially more spaces than they committed to in the
proffers for their project. They could, if they needed to,
eliminate some of those spaces without prior approval from
Prince William County. However, I would expect that they
would give the county reasonable notice before taking such
action," she wrote me.
Griggs said VDOT does not ordinarily mark slug lines
specifically, but creates "rideshare" waiting
areas for bus riders that also end up being used for slug
traffic. There have been problems at the Tackett's Mill
commuter lot as well, so the county is looking into the
possibility of some kind of signs to indicate where
rideshare passengers should stand to wait in order to avoid
messing up the flow of cars through the lots.
"We move forward with caution on these issues, as we
don't want to make more problems than we solve," she
said. These slugs like government to stay out of the
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