Wednesday, March 20, 2013
The Springfield area is one of six potential sites being considered for the new FBI headquarters.
The agency in charge of reviewing sites for the new location of FBI headquarters is currently reviewing responses to the recent request for information (RFI). According to the Office of Supervisor Jeff McKay, about 35 responses were received. One of the six potential sites being considered is located in the Springfield area across from the Franconia-Springfield Metro Station. The new FBI facility will be the work location for about 11,000 people, according to The Huffington Post. Springfield has one less entity competing for the headquarters. Montgomery County in Maryland took itself out of the running, according to a story in the Washington Business Journal. Supervisor Jeff McKay is pushing for the FBI to relocate to Springfield, stating …
Monday, March 18, 2013
Ride free on the Express from now until April 12!
Need to get to Tysons from the Kingstowne area? Starting Monday, the Fairfax Connector bus service will begin running new routes from the Franconia-Springfield Metro Station, and Route 493 from Lorton VRE Station and Saratoga Park to Tysons Corner. Buses will use the 495 Express Lanes. There is an introductory free ride period from March 18 - April 12 for the two new express routes (493 and 494). After April 12, an express fare will run $3.65 SmarTrip or $4 cash. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter!
Monday, December 10, 2012
New lot will have 515 parking spaces along with bike racks and bus shelters.
A new park and ride lot will open this spring that will offer bus service to the Franconia-Springfield Metro station and the Pentagon. The lot is called the Saratoga Park and Ride. It will have 535 parking spaces, along with bike racks and bus shelters, according to Virginia Megaprojects. It will also include walkways for commuters who live nearby to use the park and ride lot without having to drive, WTOP recently reported. Starting in March, the Fairfax Connector plans to add an express route to Tysons Corner by way of the Beltway Express Lanes, Patch reported earlier this year. Click here to see a Virginia Megaprojects slideshow with additional details about the Saratoga lot. Construction on the lot should be done by the end of December…
Monday, August 20, 2012
The majority of board members want to wait for the FBI to complete its investigation.
The board of Virginia Railway Express (VRE)voted Friday not to request an independent investigation into whether a VRE official did anything improper to benefit a company he owns. VRE Board Member and Stafford County Supervisor Susan Stimpson requested the investigation. “I’m very disappointed in fellow board members. . . . We need to ensure our internal controls are functioning," Stimpson told the Washington Post. But the majority of VRE board members said they want to wait until another investigation by the FBI is completed. The Washington Post reported Friday the FBI is investigating allegations that another former VRE official "may have steered an agency contract to a company in return for a payoff." The Post obtained the email which …
Friday, August 17, 2012
Metro Police responded to two incidents at the Franconia-Springfield Metro Station and one incident at the Van Dorn Street Metro Station in July.
According to the Metro Transit Police blotter, the following incidents occurred at local Metro stops during the month of July: Franconia-Springfield Station Van Dorn Street Station Eisenhower Avenue Station There were no incident reports listed for the Eisenhower Avenue Station in the month of July. ---- The Franconia-Springfield Metro station has more crimes than any other Metro rail station in Virginia, according to a March report from WMATA detailing reported crime in 2011. Thirty-two crimes were committed at the station in 2011. Eisenhower Avenue is among the five safest Metro stations in the system. More on Metro crime: Police Urge Commuters to Protect Belongings Metro Police: Thefts and Assault at Franconia-Springfield Station Metro…
Friday, August 10, 2012
The Franconia District police advise Metro riders to take safety precautions in and around the Metro.
Officers from the Franconia District Station will join Metro Transit police officers at the Franconia-Springfield metro station on Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. to talk to commuters and hand out information about keeping their property safe in and around the Metro. Officer Brooke Wright said that the police are making an effort to raise awareness about the issue as a result of recent petty theft incidents around the Metro station. The Fairfax County Police Department offers the following tips for safeguarding your property: More information about local crime: Metro Police: Thefts and Assault at Franconia-Springfield Station Police Report: Peeping Tom, Vehicle Damages Police Report: Larcenies at Kingstowne Towne Center Police Report: …
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Upgrades to system will close both stations until Monday morning.
The Metro stations at Franconia-Springfield and Van Dorn are closed this weekend. The Metro system is rebuilding the Blue Line and that work will continue until the Metro system closes on Sunday. The work started at 10 p.m. Friday. The stations will be open Monday morning. Important information about how you can still get around: Tip from Metro: Customers who normally park at Franconia-Springfield or Van Dorn Street should consider using Huntington Station instead.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
One crime reported at Van Dorn Street.
The Franconia-Springfield Metro station has more crimes than any other Metro rail station in Virginia, according to a new report from WMATA detailing reported crime in 2011. Thirty-two crimes were committed at the station in 2011, resulting in one arrest, according to the report. The one arrest was for obstruction of justice. The types of crime that occured in 2011 at the Franconia-Springfield station are not disclosed. Throughout the Metro system, however, larcenies and burglaries are the most prominent (see chart below). In comparison, only one crime was reported at the Van Dorn St. station. Here are the five safest stations in the system based on 2011 data: Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said nothing in particular was responsible for the …