It won't be long before we start seeing these guys stuck in bumper to bumper traffic on Wiehle Avenue. And that's not the only sign that the Silver Line is getting closer to (maybe) opening early next year, though no one's willing to say exactly when.
Our BFFs at the Toll Road are getting ready, preparing for an exciting "upgrade" of its tolling facilities. They're still going to take cash at the manned booths, but those fun plastic baskets that have tempted us to do over-the-shoulder quarter layups will soon be history:
The Dulles Toll Road was built in 1984, prior to the advent of electronic toll tags, and has always been a cash-centric system by design. While some E-ZPass-only lanes have been added in recent years, the exits and main toll plaza feature manned tollbooths and exact change lanes at which drivers toss coins into a basket.Of course, the real reason for the changes?
With more than 80 percent of toll road users making the switch to the electronic toll tags and tolls reaching the level that a driver now needs seven quarters to use the exact change lanes, it is time for the airports authority to consider updating the system, said Chris Browne, vice president and manager of Washington Dulles International Airport.
“A lot of what we are spending is keeping these old baskets and coin machines going,” he said.
With a modern collection system, the board can consider options like distance-based toll pricing or having different toll rates at different times of day.Can't wait.
Meanwhile, Metro has launched a fancy website dedicated to our favorite subway line. Will you enjoy riding 60 feet above the storied architectural beauty of Tysons Corner? Appropriately Diverse Stock Photo People say yes!
Sadly, when you click on the map for the Reston/Wiehle East "neighborhood," none of the exciting retail and/or dining experiences are within walking distance (yet). Some of the options are actually in Herndon, and they inexplicably included Kmart and not its much-touted retail neighbor.
Guess we'll need to borrow Stock Photo Business Guy's bicycle and messenger bag, the end.