|NOVA CFS/ME_FM_and_OI Support Group
April 25, 6-9 PM
Paul R. Cheney, MD/PhD
|Fairfax_County Governmental Center
12000 Government Center Parkway
The Fairfax County Governmental Center is located outside
Beltway (Route 495) at 12000 Governmental Center in Fairfax, VA. To plot your own course, go to Mapquest.
Parking is Free.
Use Arial maps, satellite maps to see the huge horseshoe shaped building.
The directions on this page are adapted from internet map programs with local person's hints.CFSupport's JPG Map to the Fairfax County Government Center
Short Version: Leave airport, Exit Route 28 South, Exit 29 West, Left on Forum Drive, Left onto Gov't Center Pkwy, Turn Right into the driveway for The Fairfax Co. Governmental Center at 12000. Use the Arial maps, satelitte maps to see the huge horseshoe shaped building. That is the target.).
Yahoo maps takes you along Route 50: about the same distance, but
perhaps more traffic lights. Once on 50, the directions become the same
as below, from Bethesda.
Short version: Rt 28 S, to Rt 50 E, to Right on Waples Mills Rd, to right on Rt 29 W. Right on Forum and Left onto Gov't Center Pkwy. Turn Right into the driveway for The Fairfax Co. Governmental Center at 12000.
From Bethesda, MD, and The Northside of the Capital Beltway (495), crossing into VA
I-495 W / CAPITAL BELTWAY
Exit onto US-50 E / Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy - Exit 57A Fairfax
Go STRAIGHT at fork/complex intersection, changing on to US 29-South / LEE Hwy
Turn RIGHT onto FORUM DR go 0.2 mi
Turn LEFT onto GOVERNMENT CENTER PKWY go 0.4 mi
Turn RIGHT at sign for Fairfax County Governmental Center
Continue down long driveway until see the big building.
Closest parking is on the left side.
12000 Government Center Pkwy Fairfax, VA 22035
(these directions updated 4/24/09)
Metro Rail Directions
The closest Washington DC Metro Rail station is Vienna/Fairfax-GMU, on the Orange Line.
(Amtrak goes to Washington DC Union Station, which is on the Red Line.)
taxi from this station would be required to get to the meeting
location. Inquire with the group to see if a carpool is a possibility.
Rental Car vs. Public Transportation (Buses, Taxis)
Fairfax county does have some great public transportation, just not all of it is active on weekends when we meet. The trains run less frequently, and many bus routes are M-F only. If you want to check, go to the Washington Area Transit Authority website.
People with Disabilities and Seniors can get half-price fares, but it takes some set up... which long distance travelers may not be able to do.
Renting a car has its advantages, is the way to go, according to those already making plans to fly in. Some are getting GPS in the cars to help them navigate our strange streets that change names all the time.
Rental cars offer more flexibility if able to go out to eat or shop for food, and they can be cheaper then our taxis.
There are 7 rental car companies to choose from at Dulles Airport.
Taxi Information - Washington Flyer
Bring someone with you to drive if renting a car.
If coming alone, the airport shuttle for hotel and cab for event may be best.
If have to use taxis, perhaps use one of those small, really light folding camping chairs or a sports stool, maybe something with a shoulder strap for easier carrying, to make sitting possible while waiting for the cab each time they call one.
Renting a car will be the way to go. There is only a difficult, 3-step bus route from the airport (according to wmata). I understand that Fairfax Co. has its own bus system, but the local hotels had a bus stop at least a block away—too much for sick people coming in. The cost of cab fare is about the same as renting a car: ~$30 each way from the airport to hotel, then ~$5-7 each way to the gov’t complex from the hotel, ~$10-15 to the grocery store, etc. Also, using a cab may be hard on people to find a seat to wait for the cab. Car rental seemed reasonable, about $70 a day, once taxes and fees are added, maybe a little less if you use your own comprehensive auto insurance.
Homestead Studio Suites - Fairfax, VA (703) 273-3444 Pets ok, no restaurant
Hyatt Fair Lakes (703) 818-1234
Fairfax Marriott at Fair Oaks