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News of transportation and transit across Arlington and the region:

DMV NOW ALLOWING ONLINE LICENSE-PLATE SURRENDER: The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles is now allowing residents who sell or no longer operate vehicles to conduct their license-surrender activities online.

Prior to July 1, residents were required to visit a DMV customer-service center to surrender license plates in person. Since going live with surrender notifications online, more than 1,000 people have already taken advantage of the service.

“DMV is always looking for ways to better serve our customers,” said DMV Commissioner Richard Holcomb. “Allowing online license-plate surrenders saves customers a trip to busy DMV offices, and allows our customer-service representatives to serve more people who have to visit one of our brick-and-mortar locations, such as those applying for a REAL ID. It’s a win-win.”

Those using the service will need their driver’s-license number, license-plate number and the last four digits of the vehicle-identification number, or VIN.

Those who choose to surrender their license plates online are not eligible for a partial refund on the cost of registration fees for that vehicle. Online surrender is also not available for leased vehicles. Once a license plate has been surrendered, it cannot be used again or transferred to another vehicle.

For more information about online license-plate surrender, visit see the Website at

VDOT MEETING TO LOOK AT BRIDGE REHABILITATION: The Virginia Department of Transportation on Tuesday, Aug. 13 will hold a community forum on its plans to rehabilitate the Route 120 (North Glebe Road) bridge over Pimmit Run to improve safety and extend the bridge’s overall lifespan.

The event will be held on from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Williamsburg Middle School, 3600 North Harrison St. in Arlington. The formal presentation will start at 7 p.m.

Plans include repairing and resurfacing the bridge deck, replacing a pedestrian barrier and guardrail, and other upgrades. As part of construction, there is the potential closure of the left-turn lane from Chain Bridge Road onto North Glebe Road.

Comments on the project will be taken at the meeting, or can be e-mailed to

SWISS CARRIER TO SERVE DULLES IN 2020: Swiss International Airlines has announced plans to serve Washington Dulles International Airport from Zurich beginning next spring.

Service is expected to begin March 29 using 236-seat Airbus A330-300 aircraft.

“We’re delighted that this will help further strengthen Switzerland as a place to visit and do business, and will offer our customers an even more attractive air-travel network,” said Tamur Goudarzi Pour, the airline’s chief commercial officer.

SWISS Flight 70 is slated to depart Zurich each day at 1:45 p.m., arriving at Dulles at 5 p.m. Return Flight 71 will depart Dulles at 8:30 p.m., arriving in Zurich at 10:40 a.m. the next morning.

SWISS is owned by Lufthansa Group.  It is a member of the Star Alliance, which also includes Dulles’s dominant carrier, United Airlines, which currently serves Zurich with daily service in a joint venture with SWISS.

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