Morning Notes

A pair of geese on a median in the Vienna Metro station parking lot (photo by Amy Woolsey)

Free Bikeshare Rides Offered During Bus Strike — “Fairfax County is offering free Capital Bikeshare rides for the duration of the Fairfax Connector work stoppage. Enter promo code TRYCABIFFXMAR24 for a free 45-minute ride on a classic bike. This is just one transportation alternative. Please visit our website…for more travel options.” [Fairfax Connector/Facebook]

Fairfax Connector Strike Disrupts Commutes — “On Thursday evening, a succession of Fairfax County residents took refuge in bus shelters next to the Vienna-Fairfax Metrorail station, bracing themselves against frigid temperatures and piercing winds…After learning about the strike from a reporter, the Fairfax residents waiting at the bus stop pulled out their phones and booked rides home on ride-share apps.” [Washington Post]

Norovirus Outbreaks Reported in County — “Norovirus spreads very easily and quickly. There have been recent reports of outbreaks across the county. Help prevent infections by washing your hands, practicing food safety, and taking steps to avoid spreading it to others if you do get sick.” The U.S. sees about 2,500 reported outbreaks of the sickness every year. [Fairfax County Health Department/Twitter]

Tysons Rents Highest in Region — “Apartment rents in Tysons are the highest in the Washington area, according to new data from Apartment List. With a median rental price of $2,495 for the preceding month — $2,269 for one-bedroom units and $2,720 for two bedrooms — Tysons edged out Arlington for top spot among dozens of Washington-area communities part of the survey.” [Gazette Leader]

County to Reveal Route 29 Improvements Survey Results — “The Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) will present feedback compiled from the recent Route 29 Study survey at a virtual public meeting on Tuesday, March 12, 2024, at 7 p.m. The study focuses on the Route 29 corridor between Buckleys Gate Drive/Summit Drive near the Fairfax County Parkway (VA 286) and Jermantown Road.” [FCDOT]

Huntington Condo Considers Security Updates — “The Montebello Condominium Unit Owners Association (MCUOA) has considered over a dozen ways to improve on-site security since a Jan. 25 carjacking in a parking garage tower and has begun implementing several…measures,” including a license plate reader that “will scan vehicles entering the property, transmit data to the Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) and flag stolen vehicles.” [On the MoVe]

Lincolnia Gets New Afghan Restaurant — “A new Afghan restaurant has opened in Landmark Plaza in Lincolnia. Its name, ‘Afghan Restaurant,’ reflects the original Afghan Restaurant that operated in Crystal City from 1993 to 2010. That was the first Afghan restaurant in Northern Virginia and was founded by the father and uncle of Amanullah Abbasi, the owner of the new place.” [Annandale Today]

Reston Restaurant Assists With Marriage Proposal — “A local couple got engaged at The Melting Pot in Reston. That’s a restaurant that specializes in cheese fondue among other delicious menu items. And that’s exactly where a lucky guy named James decided to pop the question to his girlfriend Kristen Thursday night.” [WUSA9]

It’s Monday — Expect a mostly cloudy day with a high around 66 and calm winds. Rain is likely at night, mainly after 1am, accompanied by a low of about 47. The chance of precipitation is 70%, with potential rainfall amounts between a quarter to half an inch. [Weather.gov]

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