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Fairfax moves Bob's Slug Line

By Robert Thomson

The Fairfax County Department of Transportation is nearing completion on a new Park & Ride lot on Old Keene Mill Road by Springfield Boulevard, and it has temporarily relocated the slugging area known as Bob's Slug Line.

The casual carpoolers' line, which was in the front parking lot at the former Circuit City along Old Keene Mill Road, is now in the rear lot, the south end side.

The department says drivers may enter the relocated slugging area from Springfield Boulevard. Then they will bear right and circle counterclockwise around the parking area to pick up sluggers. They exit back onto Springfield Boulevard. Drivers should not pick up slugs along Old Keene Mill Road, the county says.

During the relocation, the front parking area will be repaved and painted. A bus shelter will be installed. The front parking area should re-open in two to three weeks, and the entire project should be completed on schedule in December.

The slug line has been around for decades, and used to be on the site of a Bob's Big Boy restaurant. It's got pretty easy access to the High Occupancy Vehicle lanes on I-95/395. Most of the carpoolers who assemble at Bob's are heading for 14th Street or L'Enfant Plaza, according to, the site where sluggers exchange information.

The county bought the old Circuit City site in March with the intent of creating the 270-space lot scheduled to open in December. The transportation department says that a 1,000-space garage could be developed on the site if money becomes available.

These are the three other park and ride sites in that area:
-- Springfield Plaza, 6400 Springfield Plaza, 258 spaces.
-- American Legion, 6500 Amherst Ave., 100 spaces.
-- Springfield United Methodist Church, 6501 Spring Rd., 56 spaces.

Here's a transportation department map of the Bob's Slug Line area.

Fairfax Park and Ride.jpg

By Robert Thomson  | November 8, 2010; 4:40 PM ET
Categories:  Northern Virginia  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock  
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