Good afternoon and thank you for joining us for today’s Ask Fairfax! discussion. My name is Nick Perfili and I manage Fairfax Connector’s operations and planning efforts. With me today are Florita Wesley, Fairfax Connector Customer Service Manager, and Martha Coello, Fairfax County’s Dulles Rail project planner. We will answer as many questions as possible -- bus service to and from the future Silver Line stations is an important part of the transportation system in Fairfax County. With Silver Line, Fairfax Connector is modifying 28 routes and starting service on 16 new routes.
Before we begin I want to outline Fairfax Connector’s Herndon, Reston, and Tysons area service plan for Saturday, July 26. Metro has indicated Silver Line will start operating at 12 Noon that day. Our bus service changes will begin the morning of July 26. To provide a connection between the time when Connector buses start operating and when Silver Line service begins, we will operate special shuttle service to connect passengers who need to travel between Wiehle and West Falls Church and the Tysons area stations and West Falls Church.
WIEHLE - WEST FALLS CHURCH: Shuttle buses will operate non-stop between the West Falls Church and Wiehle stations. The first shuttle buses will depart Wiehle for West Falls Church at 7:20 and 7:40 a.m. to meet the first Route 505 and Route 950 bus arrivals at Wiehle. The first shuttle bus will depart West Falls Church for Wiehle at 7:45 a.m. to transport passengers from the Orange Line to Reston and Herndon buses. Wiehle – West Falls Church shuttle buses will operate every 30 minutes from the start of service until approximately 10:45 a.m. and then operate every 10 to 20 minutes until 12:30 p.m.
TYSONS AREA - WEST FALLS CHURCH: Shuttle buses will operate between West Falls Church and the McLean, Tysons Corner, Greensboro, and Spring Hill stations, stopping at each location. The first shuttle bus will depart Spring Hill Station for West Falls Church at 6:35 a.m. to meet the first Route 574 bus arrival at Spring Hill. The first shuttle bus will depart West Falls Church to McLean, Tysons Corner, Greensboro, and Spring Hill stations at 7 a.m. to transport passengers from the Orange Line to the Tysons area. Buses will operate approximately every 20 minutes until 12:30 p.m.
Note that the two special shuttle bus routes will operate Saturday, July 26 only.
Another topic I want to mention is Dulles Airport and National Air and Space Museum bus service from Wiehle Station. Fairfax Connector Routes 981 and 983 and the Washington Flyer Silver Line Express will operate daily to the airport. In addition, Route 983 will also serve the Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly - a one seat ride between the museum and Silver Line.
As always, for more information about Fairfax Connector’s Silver Line Bus Service Plan, including bus schedules and route maps, visit fairfaxconnector.com. For information specific to Silver Line, including Metrorail fare rates and travel times, visit silverlinemetro.com or wmata.com. With that, let’s begin with your questions.