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Contingencies for Commuter Buses

I have a feeling this was already considered by Fairfax Connector et al., but I'm wondering if it might be feasible to have bus contingencies for when Metrorail service is interrupted. The Friday after the blizzards was a good example of What Life Would Be Like Without Public Transit in west county at least. The Orange Line was only going to Ballston so all the feeder buses didn't run even though major roads, such as ...more »

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Snow Emergency Routes

Investigate new designation of snow emergency routes. Little Rocky Run Circle, Sunset Ridge Road and Braddock Creek Road became virtually impassable due to the limited room for plows to work. Alternatively, make these, single-side parking in snow emergencies.

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Stop signs for West Falls Church Metro roads

The roads into, out of, and surrounding the West Falls Church metro stop need to have stop signs so pedestrians can cross the street. I cannot emphasize how dangerous the roads are there for people who are trying to walk from the parking lots to the metro. Every day, people who have just parked their cars risk their safety trying to walk from the parking lots to the metro.

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Office of Emergency Management

The quiet people in all this is the office of emergency management? Can you help the public know their role?

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Rats! A snow emergency is a sanitary emergency

I can report from this condominium garden apartment complex that the two steel trash/garbage bins near here were overflowing with bags of trash, garbage, discarded construction debris, and consumer items. At the time I predicted that rats would burrow into the garbage and that one rat gestation period later, we'd have baby rats in a flood. It hasn't happened yet. However, my suggestion is as applicable to the Christmas ...more »

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Vienna Metro garage

Why can't local residents park their cars at the Vienna Metro garage to be sheltered from the blizzard and the following snow storms that we had? There were very few cars parked there and yet I was told I would either be towed or fined for parking there. Even if you charged a nominal fee for after hours it is one way for you to generate some income. For those few days that the orange line did not go all the way to ...more »

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Shelters

If we had lost large areas of electricity, we would have serious problem.

If the County decides to open shelters-in any weather- those shelters need to be advertised preferably before the storm. We have many elderly, handicapped, people dependent on electricity for health.

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Train VDOT Call takers

The VDOT call takes have no clue, to put it simply. To call and say the roads are undriveable and ice 10 times, and all the neighbors. To finally they said, you said the wrong thing, you need something put down, not the contractors to come back and plow solid ice. A duh. What a waste of taxpayer dollars. Lay down salt/sand. Just not plow. If you did this, then we would have had school at least 2 of those days they ...more »

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Institute fines for non essential drivers and illegal parking

Many people on the road during the storm did not need to be there and simply hampered clean up efforts. Also, many people parked illegally so that plows could not get through residential streets. In a snow event/emergency there should be significant fines for people who cannot excercise common sense.

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Be reasonable about what policies you adopt

As evidenced by the number of ideas posted so far, a good many residents have opinions about what could have been done and what could have been done better. But keep in mind: This year is/was an anomaly. If any of us lives in Fairfax County for the next 60 years, we might never see another storm like the two we had this winter. One could argue it's doubtful we'll ever see such storms again in this region. There ...more »

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Please build at least five snow days into the school calendar

We seem to always be struggling to find ways to make up snow days. Just build it into the school year.

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Bring more jobs to Fairfax County so less people have to commute

The snow might be less paralyzing if more people could walk to work. When we consider the quality of life in Fairfax, one way is to get rid of traffic is to make better-paying work sites closer to more affordable homes.

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