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    Commuter buses now offered in Brambleton

    Brambleton is now offering a Park & Ride Lot. The commuter bus would go from Brambleton to Rosslyn and Washington D.C.

    The new lot offers 100 free parking spaces and a bike rack.

    “We are excited to be able to offer this convenience to residents of Brambleton and the Loudoun County community,” Loudoun County Supervisor Janet Clarke (R-Blue Ridge) said in a release.

    “This is the first commuter lot for the Brambleton area, and offers a car-free solution for our residents and neighbors,” she added.

    The commuter lot, which operates rush services, is on Creighton Road, which according to the release is convenient to the future Loudoun County Parkway.

    Brambleton first introduced the lot July 20 and has been operating successfully since July 23.

    Brambleton encompasses 2,000 acres and 8,181 single-family homes, town homes and condominiums. Brambleton is owned and operated by Soave Real Estate. For more information about the community go to brambleton.com.

    Other county commuter services

    The Loudoun County commuter bus to Rosslyn, Pentagon and Washington D.C. has stops in Purcellville, Leesburg, the Dulles North Transit Center and the Dulles South area. The service costs $8 one-way and $7 one-way with a SmarTrip card.

    Broad Run Farms, Cascades, Our Lady of Hope and Lowes Island provides commuter buses to West Falls Church Metro station. The service costs $2.50 one-way and $2 one-way with a SmarTrip card.

    For the reverse commute from the West Falls Church Metro station and the Herndon/Monroe Park & Ride Lot services are provided to Verizon, Aol, Dulles North Transit Center, Ashbrook Commons, Russell Branch Parkway, Loudoun County Parkway and the Town of Leesburg. The service cost $2.50 one-way and $2 one-way with SmarTrip.

    There is also the Tysons Express Bus Service and East Tysons Shuttle available for Loudoun residents.

    For more information on schedules and fares go to loudoun.gov.

    Comments

    Troy - I’ll put you down as the first and only person from Loudoun, that I’ve heard from, who holds the opinion of: I moved to (eastern) Loudoun for 4 DU/acre master-planned suburbia and I don’t/won’t complain about the traffic congestion.

    Why am I in Loudoun, if I didn’t “want” suburbia? I was in Loudoun before the typical Ashburn suburbia was created. I was in Loudoun when the line between east, central, and west was quite blurry, and actually, undefined as it is currently is the planning and zoning docs.  And more to your question - about 2/3 of Loudoun by area is anything BUT suburbia, if you’d care to look beyond the Greenway and Leesburg.

    But I accept the reality that is Ashburn Village, Belmont Estates, Potomac Crossing, and Lowes Island. I see how it was necessary, and inevitable, when they were established. And I see now that the future cannot simply be more of that same, that is has to be more dense, that Loudoun has to serve more than those w/ the ‘1/4 acre house family life commute out of county’ dream.

    Like it or not, your derision of Arlington is going to be the reality in Loudoun in several areas, and will be in more in the coming years. Because people do want to live like that in Loudoun. 

    No, everything does not have to new urbanist. But Loudoun can stand to add a couple percent of it to go w/ the over riding suburban and exurban development.


    Bob - If you didn’t want “suburbia” then why are you in Loudoun?  People move to Loudoun for lower density development.  If I wanted to live in a condo above a Metro station and bike more than I drive, I’d go move to Arlington.  I wanted grass and trees, so I live in Loudoun.  I was well aware of the commute when I came here.  Everything doesn’t have to be dense, mixed-use, “new urbanism” type development.


    “While the bus service is certainly exceptional, it does nothing to bring workers into Loudoun.”

    Critics conveniently omit the obviousness of the truth, as expressed above, because it makes their points seem pretty single-minded. Which they are.

    Busses are part of the solution. Metro is part of the solution. Bikes are part of the solution. And cars will remain the bulk of the options, but the crux of the problem. And we’ll be talking about congestion and lengthy commute times in 10 years, 20 years, beyond, until we stop building in the form and fashion of suburbia, low density, and single-use clusters of development.


    I used to work in dc and took the metro everyday. There was a bus stop right outside of my office on Pennsylvania Ave NW. I used to avoid it because it was always jam packed and people were standing up in the aisle. Maybe that’s gotten better. As for the bathrooms, I don’t recall that ever being an issue for me. It’s not that long of a ride, to Sterling at least.


    While the bus service is certainly exceptional, it does nothing to bring workers into Loudoun.  It’s a “one way only” solution.  Metro accomplishes that. 

    I’m sure wi-fi will be available in due time.  Meanwhile, yes, commuters on rail will have to deal without the bathrooms.  Solid point.


    Don’t forget that you stand a pretty good chance of getting a seat for the entire ride. And even if you don’t, you have the option of waiting roughly 15 more minutes for the next bus to be guaranteed a seat.


    Right Mike, I guess paying half that much just to park is what Loudoun residents really wanted.


    And Troy, let’s not forget comfortable reclining seats, free wi-fi, and bathrooms on board.  Try finding that on the Metro Silver line!


    I still don’t get how Metro is going to be a better service than this if you need to head to Arlington, Federal Triangle, or the Pentagon.  $14, free parking, don’t need to stop at ~12 stations in between Ashburn and Rosslyn or change trains to get down the Pentagon.

    Then again, I don’t have any real estate interests near those stations, so I guess I wouldn’t understand.

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