Chairman Bulova Says New Bus Routes are Great Step in Reducing Traffic
September 11, 2012 – Today the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved new Connector bus routes that will take advantage of the soon-to-open 495 Express Lanes. The buses will be able to reach higher speeds and cut down on the time public transit takes to travel between Tysons Corner and VRE stations. The County is hopeful that the routes will attract new bus riders, who have previously not used public transit on a regular basis.
“These new bus routes are a great step in the effort to reduce congestion on our roads and provide more transportation alternatives for our residents.” Chairman Bulova stated. “People taking advantage of this new opportunity will enjoy a comfortable, dependable and quick commute.”
The project will launch three new express bus routes, connecting the Burke Centre Virginia Railway Express (VRE) Station, the Saratoga Park-and-Ride Lot, and the Lorton VRE Station to Tysons Corner. Buses would operate every 15 minutes during rush hour, circulate through Tysons Corner, and stop at major employment sites. The first route to be implemented will be the Burke Centre Virginia Railway Express station (VRE) to Tysons Corner Express Lanes route effective January 2013. The Saratoga/Springfield and Lorton VRE to Tysons Corner Express Lanes routes will be implemented in March 2013.
For more information on the new routes visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/connector/routes/expresslanes/. The 495 Express Lanes are a public-private partnership between VDOT and Fluor-Transurban with the goal of providing relief from traffic congestion on I-495. For more information on the Express lanes visit www.495expresslanes.com.