Fare Increase Proposed for Fairfax Connector


October 21, 2008

The Fairfax County Department of Transportation proposed in yesterday’s Board of Supervisors’ Meeting an increase in bus fares and the elimination of paper transfers for Fairfax Connector bus service. If approved, the fare changes would take effect on January 4, 2009. The last fare increase for Fairfax Connector occurred in 2004.

The current proposal would increase the regular base fare from $1.00 to $1.25 if paying by SmarTrip card, and from $1.00 to $1.35 if paying by cash. More details about the proposed fare changes can be found on the Fairfax Connector Web site at www.fairfaxconnector.com, or by calling the Fairfax Connector telephone information center at 703-339-7200, TTY 703-339-1608.

FCDOT also is proposing that the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors adopt a standing Fairfax Connector Fare Policy that would generally follow the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) fare changes in implementation date and rate structure.

Two public meetings will be held to receive comments from the public regarding the proposed fare increases:

Saturday, November 1, 2008
10:00 a.m.
South County Center
8350 Richmond Highway
Alexandria, VA 22309

Saturday, November 8, 2008
10:00 a.m.
North County Governmental Center
12000 Bowman Towne Drive
Reston, VA 20190

To attend the first public meeting by bus, both Fairfax Connector route 171 and REX provide Saturday service to the South County Center. To attend the second meeting by bus, Fairfax Connector routes RIBS 1 and RIBS 3 provide Saturday service to the North County Government Center while Connector routes RIBS 2, RIBS 4, 574 and 950 provide Saturday service within 2 blocks of the same location.

If you would like to speak at either meeting, please sign up in advance by calling 703-324-1120, TTY 703-324-1102. If you would like to provide comments but are unable to attend the meeting, please call the Fare Changes Hotline at 703-324-1641 and leave a message, or send an e-mail to FairfaxConnector@fairfaxcounty.gov. You also may submit your comments in writing to the Fairfax County Department of Transportation, Transit Services Division, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 1034, Fairfax, VA 22035, Attention:Christy Wegener. All comments must be received by 4:00 p.m. Friday, November 14, 2008.

For questions about this item, contact Beth Francis of FCDOT at 703-324-1153, TTY 711.

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