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Friday Morning Notes

by Dave Emke — May 12, 2017 at 9:00 am 6 Comments

(Updated at 12:10 p.m. after Reston Association’s annual Community Yard Sale was postponed.)

Another SafeTrack Surge Starts Next Week — Metro’s latest round of work will have five stations on the east end of the Orange Line closed, which will also affect Silver Line traffic. Tuesday through June 15, trains will operate between Wiehle-Reston East and Stadium-Armory only every 12 minutes. This means more than 50 percent fewer trains during morning peak hours. Fairfax County is suggesting alternatives for commuters, including car pooling and buses. [WMATA]

League of American Cyclists Honors County — Fairfax County has been recognized with Bronze-level status as a Bicycle Friendly Community. It is one of 416 communities nationwide that have been honored. [Fairfax County]

Community Yard Sale Postponed to Sunday — With rain in the forecast, Reston Association’s annual Community Yard Sale has been postponed from Saturday. It will now be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon Sunday at 1900 Campus Commons Drive, at the corner of Sunrise Valley Drive and Wiehle Avenue. Those planning to attend are still encouraged to call 703-435-6577 after 4:30 a.m. Sunday to check the event’s status. [Reston Association]

County Embracing Driverless Future — Fairfax County is the testing ground for self-driving cars and connected infrastructure in Virginia. Officials recently brought in autonomous-vehicle experts, policymakers, manufacturers and entrepreneurs to share their research. [Fairfax County]

Reston Couple Share Love Story — Roger and Anita Lowen are approaching 50 years of marriage. It all started, they remember, with a prank call. [Washington Post]

  • Willie Reston

    Driverless cars are going to render the Metro useless outside of the DC/Arlington core. Good thing we’re spending billions on the Silver Line!

    • Retro Groupthink
    • The Constitutionalist

      Not if cycling makes driverless cars useless first!

    • Why do you bother?

      I don’t see it.
      There will still be the same number of cars on the road, which means the same nightmare traffic and parking problems.

      • Willie Reston

        Most experts expect there will be far fewer cars once automated cars become fully-realized. Many current car owners will figure out that they do not need to own a car at all when they can instead hail an automated Uber/Lyft that is dirt cheap because you don’t need a human driver and the insurance cost to Uber/Lyft will be essentially $0 because automated cars basically don’t ever make mistakes. Also traffic will flow A LOT better with automated cars. I could go on but there are a lot of interesting articles and projections out there that are more enlightening than this blog comment.

        • Why do you bother?

          I can see traffic perhaps moving better, but there would still be the same number of cars on the road, Uber or otherwise – same # of people on the road, just not using the steering wheel.

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