‘Slug’ lines take I-66 Monday morning; Fatal fire destroys home in Loudoun County

Northern Virginia’s daily dose of local and national news for Monday, Dec. 11.

“Slug” lines, similar yet different to carpooling or using Uber, have helped to cut back on the number of cars traveling down I-95 for years, and now drivers not wishing to pay an I-66 toll or simply looking for a free ride will do the same. Rather than paying for an Uber or having to organize your own carpool, slug lines allow drivers to meet at a set location and pick a “slug” passenger or two so that they don’t have to pay the I-66 toll. A group was set to meet at the Vienna Metro south kiss-and-ride parking lot Monday morning.

Sunday night, a Lovettsville house fire on Taylorstown Road left one dead. The victim’s identity has not yet been released.

Colonial Forge High School’s Teah Snively, a 16-year-old Stafford resident, will play piano at New York City’s Carnegie Hall during the Dec. 17 winter recital. Snively took second place in the American Protege International Talent Competition.

In only 14 hours, a GoFundMe page raised over $9,300 for an Ashburn family of five that was displaced by a fire in the 20200 block of Birdnest Place. The structure saw approximately $475,000 in damages while each adjacent home saw an additional $10,000 in damage.
(Loudoun Times-Mirror)

SafeHome, a home security company, has ranked the City of Manassas the third safest city in Virginia. Leesburg took first place followed by Fairfax City in second.
(What’s Up Manassas)

According to the Virginia Department of Transportation, outside the Beltway from Gainesville (Prince William County) to Dunn Loring (Fairfax County) 23 miles of I-66 will be modified to include two express lanes in each direction, median space for future transit, 4,000 park and ride spaces, expanded commuter bus service, bicycle and pedestrian paths, auxiliary lanes and safety improvements.
(Potomac Local)