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Week in McLean

Woman assaulted, E-ZPass changes and Business Bank promotion.

Woman Assaulted During Burglary

On Friday, Sept. 7 at 10:45 a.m. a 40-year-old woman reported a burglary and attempted sexual assault. The victim entered her apartment in the 8000 block of Chanute Place and encountered an unknown man. The suspect attempted to sexually assault her. She fought him until he stopped and fled the apartment.

The suspect was described as possibly Hispanic, in his late 20s. He was approximately 5 feet 6 inches to 6 feet tall, with a thin build. He had short black hair and brown eyes. He was wearing blue jeans.

Detectives are continuing the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

Two Toll-Free Weeks for Early E-ZPass Owners

Drivers who open a new E-ZPass account and get an E-ZPass or E-ZPass® FlexSM in September will receive two toll-free weeks of travel on the 495 Express Lanes.

The toll giveaway program is part of an educational campaign to prepare beltway drivers for the new travel option coming on the Virginia side of the Capital Beltway. The 495 Express Lanes will provide new options for a faster, more predictable trip on the Capital Beltway and give drivers more control over how and when they get to their destination. Drivers will need an E-ZPass to use the express lanes—there are no toll booths or options to pay cash. Carpoolers will need the new E-ZPass Flex to ensure a toll-free trip on the express lanes.

“As vacation travel slows and is replaced by back to school traffic, we are reminded that traffic in this region never stops,” said Tim Steinhilber, Transurban’s general manager for the 495 Express Lanes Project. “When the express lanes open later this year they will provide the first real relief from beltway traffic gridlock. We want all drivers to be prepared to take advantage of the new travel option and the first step is to get an E-ZPass. By getting an E-ZPass now you not only receive the benefits of E-ZPass, you also get two toll-free weeks of travel on the 495 Express Lanes.”

To be eligible to receive two weeks of toll-free travel, drivers must register on the 495 Express Lanes website—www.495ExpressLanes.com/offer—and get a new E-ZPass in September. For complete rules and details, please visit www.495ExpressLanes.com/offer.

Drivers can get an E-ZPass online at the E-ZPass website, www.ezpassva.com. E-ZPass is also available at retail locations including AAA Mid-Atlantic stores, select Wegmans in Northern Virginia, E-ZPass Customer Service Centers and the Tysons Corner DMV. Find out where you can get an E-ZPass here: http://www.ezpassva.com/.

The 495 Express Lanes are two new high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes in each direction from the Springfield Interchange to just north of the Dulles Toll Road on the Virginia side of the Capital Beltway. The 14-mile express lanes will be free for carpoolers with three or more people, buses, motorcycles and emergency vehicles. Other drivers may pay a toll for a faster, more predictable trip.

The 495 Express Lanes are on schedule to be completed in late 2012 and will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The lanes will use dynamic pricing to keep traffic free flowing and provide a more predictable travel option on the beltway. Dynamic pricing based on real-time traffic conditions manages the demand for the lanes, keeping the express lanes moving. Drivers will lock in their rate when they enter the lanes and pay tolls electronically with E-ZPass.

In addition to providing drivers with an option for a more predictable trip, the 495 Express Lanes will include three new beltway entry and exit points meaning a safer and more direct route to popular locations in Tysons Corner and Merrifield.

Business Bank Promotes Doug McAlpine

The Business Bank promoted Doug McAlpine to the position of senior vice president, commercial lending and business development. McAlpine will serve commercial clients in the McLean, Tysons and Vienna markets.

McAlpine joined the bank in April 2012. He has an extensive banking career with an emphasis in financing residential and commercial construction projects as well as all types of commercial permanent loans.