Fairfax Connector to Provide Free Rides on Inauguration Day


January 13, 2009

Fairfax Connector will provide free rides for all passengers on Tuesday, Jan. 20. Metrorail station parking is expected to fill up very early that day, so residents are encouraged to park for free at a Fairfax County Park and Ride and take the Fairfax Connector to a Metrorail station if they are not along a Connector route operating that day.

Fairfax Connector will operate an enhanced Saturday schedule with more trips and additional routes.  Routes serving Metrorail stations located in Fairfax County will be supplemented with more trips in order to accommodate more passengers.  Bus service will operate from 4:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight.

Metrorail stations with enhanced Connector service are:

  • Huntington – Routes 101, 109, 151, 152, 161, 162, 171
  • Franconia-Springfield – Routes 171, 310, 321, 322, 401
  • Van Dorn Street – Routes 109, 321, 322
  • Dunn Loring – Route 401
  • West Falls Church – Routes 425, 427, 505, 551, 585, 950 and 980

In addition to the routes listed above, Connector routes 574, 605 and RIBS 1, 2, 3, and 4 will operate on Jan. 20.  These routes do not go to Metrorail stations but provide transfer opportunities to buses that do serve Metrorail stations.  No other routes will operate on this holiday.

The following 11 Park and Rides have service to Metrorail stations in Fairfax County:

Name

Bus Routes to Metro Stations

Backlick North

310

Herndon-Monroe Park and Ride

551, 950, 980

Lorton Market Street

171

Michael's, Richmond Highway

171

Reston East

505, 551

Reston North

505

Reston South

585

Rolling Valley

310

Springfield Mall

321, 322, 401

VRE Backlick Road Station

321, 322, 401

VRE Lorton Station

171

There is no cost to park at these Park and Rides, and all have bus service to Metro stations.  Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot/parkride.htm for more information about Park and Rides.

Transportation plans for the inauguration are being coordinated with other regional agencies and may change before Jan. 20.  For the most up-to-date information, check the Fairfax Connector Web site at www.fairfaxconnector.com or call the Fairfax Connector Information Center at 703-339-7200, TTY 703-339-1608.

For questions about this news item, contact Beth Francis in the Department of Transportation at 703-324-1153, TTY 711.

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