Media Release from Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) on February 8, 2017
Fairfax Connector Riders: Stay Informed During Winter Weather
As the region is expecting wintry weather tomorrow (Thursday) morning, Fairfax Connector officials would like to remind riders that during inclement weather, heavy snow, or icy conditions, service may be reduced, modified or suspended to poor travel conditions. If road conditions become unsafe, icy, or snow packed, service may be suspended on a route-by-route basis, or system-wide.
Take one of these three easy steps to stay informed of operating status, service changes, and detours before, during, and after a winter weather event:
- Sign-up for text and/or email alerts through Fairfax Alerts by subscribing to “Fairfax Connector Passenger Information.”
- Follow Fairfax Connector on Twitter and Facebook.
- Call Fairfax Connector customer serviceat 703-339-7200, TTY 703-339-1608; Mon – Fri 5:00 AM to 10:00 PM, and Sat – Sun 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Se habla Español.
In case of snow accumulation, riders are encouraged to prepare for longer waits at bus stops and to allow additional travel time as buses may be traveling slower than normal due to possibly poor road conditions. Also, make sure to dress warmly as you may have to wait for the bus longer than normal. Do not stand in the street while waiting for a bus and use extreme caution when walking on exposed surfaces, including parking lots and station platforms.
Prepare Now and Stay Informed of Road Conditions
Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is also asking drivers to monitor weather reports for the latest updates. Stay informed of current road conditions and VDOT’s efforts:
- Check 511virginia.org or the mobile app for road conditions and closures
- Visit virginiadot.org/novaemergency for the latest updates and resources during winter events.
- Follow @VaDOTNOVA on Twitter
- Get all the stats for NOVA’s 2016-17 snow plan
Are you and your family prepared for the winter weather? Check out this short video with tips about how to be ready. Ready.gov also has useful information, including tips on winterizing your vehicle and home, updating your emergency supply kits and a list of snow terms you’ll want to be familiar with before the weather gets bad. Visit www.ready.gov/winter-weather and click on the “before winter storms and extreme cold” link. Some helpful links to keep in mind include Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) Snowplow Tracker and Top 5 Snow Removal Questions and Fairfax County Emergency Information Blog.
Fairfax County Transportation News and Information
Anna K. Nissinen, Head of Communications, Fairfax County Department of Transportation, via e-mail I Call 703-877-5606, TTY 711 (direct) I 571-446-9940, TTY 711 (cell) I 703-268-8953, TTY 711 (after hours)