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New slug line to Alexandria

A new "slug line" starting later this month will help drivers and passengers zip along HOV lanes from Woodbridge straight to Alexandria (to the Eisenhower Metro station or Alexandria VRE stop).

Drivers can pick up "slugs" waiting near the Woodbridge VRE Kiss-and-Ride beginning Tuesday, October 19th, according to, which wants help spreading the word to jump-start the line to make it as useful as possible.

The great thing, though, is that if there don't seem to be many drivers picking up slugs, or if passengers' plans change, they can hop on the VRE.

The slug line will be welcomed by commuters to inner-ring Virginia, since most slug lines go to downtown DC. One such major downtown slug line will make changes tomorrow, Wednesday the 6th:

The current slug location on 14th Street between H Street and New York Ave will move to 15th Street between H Street and New York Ave. Questions can be directed to the District Department of Transportation at (202) 671-0682.

By Luke Rosiak  | October 5, 2010; 9:52 AM ET
Categories:  Commuter Rail, Commuting, Virginia, Virginia Railway Express  | Tags:  Slugging  
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I wish there would be a slug line that would START in Alexandria for those of us inside the beltway that would like to take advantage of the HOV lanes!!

I'd love to pick up some folks before hopping on at Seminary Road. Dr. Gridlock, how could I get the ball rolling on something like this? Who are the folks I'd need to address?

Posted by: Ellvee | October 5, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

This is not going to work for two reasons. It is important for the slug line and the PRTC bus stops to be at the same location. If the slug line is not moving or you are getting close to the time when people stop picking up slugs (5:30-5:40) you have the ability to just get on the next bus. Second problem is that 15th street is only 2 lanes while 14th is 3 lanes so the congestion created by cars stopping will be worse.

Posted by: buffysummers | October 5, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

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