Area code 540

Area codes 757 and 948Area codes 410 and 443Area codes 240 and 301Area codes 304 and 681Area code 202Area code 434Area code 276Area code 804Area codes 571 and 703The area colored red indicates the northern region of Virginia served by area code 540
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Area code 540 is a telephone area code in the North American Numbering Plan (NANP) for the north-western region of the U.S. State of Virginia.

HistoryEdit

Area code 540 was established on July 15, 1995, when numbering plan area 703 was divided. Due to the continued growth of telecommunication services in the area, it was necessary to split the area as well. On September 1, 2001 the farthest western region of Virginia was established as a separate numbering plan area with area code 276.

The pool of telephone numbers in 540 is projected to exhaust in 2022. For relief, the public service commission announced a plan in June 2020 to overlay the numbering plan area with a second area code, 826. Implementation of the overlay is projected to take at least thirteen months. This will make ten-digit dialing mandatory in the overlay area.[1]

Service areaEdit

The numbering plan area with area code 540 includes the communites of Buchanan, Buena Vista, Cave Spring, Eagle Rock, Fincastle, Floyd County, Fredericksburg, Franklin County, Giles County, Greenville, Harrisonburg, King George, Lexington, Madison, Montgomery County, Pulaski County, Radford, Roanoke County, Salem, Springwood, Staunton, Warren, Waynesboro, and Winchester. It serves the counties of Augusta, Caroline, Culpeper, Spotsylvania, Rockbridge, Orange, Fauquier, Rappahannock, Rockingham, and Shenandoah. It also partially serves western Loudoun County, and parts of Stafford County, most of which are in area code 703 and area code 571.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ laurence.hammack@roanoke.com 981-3239, Laurence Hammack. "Coming soon: New area code for Southwest Virginia". Roanoke Times. Retrieved 2020-06-19.

External linksEdit

Virginia area codes: 276, 434, 540, 571/703, 757/948, 804
North: 304/681
West: 276, 304/681 540 East: 571/703, 240/301
South: 434, 804
Maryland area codes: 240/301, 410/443/667
West Virginia area codes: 304/681