Fairfax Connector Proposes Service Changes, Sets Public Meetings for April


March 25, 2016

Fairfax Connector proposes service changes for implementation in June 2016 not only to serve the greatest number of riders as effectively as possible and to increase ridership, but also to enhance the customer experience through increased on-time performance, improved service relability and reduced crowding. Proposed improvements target high-ridership corridors, as well as the Stringfellow Road Park and Ride expansion along I-66, which is scheduled for completion this spring.

Proposal Highlights:

  • Begin weekend service in Centreville and Chantilly on routes 630, 640, and 650 to improve transit connections and reduce traffic congestion on I-66;
  • Improve weekday rush hour service between the Vienna Metrorail station and expanded Stringfellow Road Park and Ride to reduce passenger crowding;
  • Implement minor route modifications on routes 422, 463, and 651 to provide more direct service; and
  • Eliminate Route 734 in response to low ridership and alternate bus service available along the majority of the route.

Routes included in the proposal are 231, 232, 310, 401, 402, 422, 424, 461, 463, 466, 556, 574, 605, 624, 630, 634, 640, 644, 650, 651, 724, and 734. Proposed changes listed by route.

June 2016 Service Change Proposal Presentation

Public Outreach Events and Public Comment

Fairfax Connector will host four outreach events to explain the proposed changes and take comments from the public:

Tuesday, April 5, 2016; 6 - 8 p.m. (7 p.m. presentation)

  • Chantilly High School – Room 114
  • 4201 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly
  • Transit access: Fairfax Connector 605, 650, 651, 652

Wednesday, April 6, 2016; 4 - 7 p.m.

  • Vienna Metrorail Station – South Side
  • 9550 Saintsbury Drive, Vienna
  • Transit access: Fairfax Connector 461, 463, 466, 600-series I-66 routes; Metrobus 1A, 1Z, 2B; 15M, 29N; Orange Line

Thursday, April 7, 2016; 6 - 8 p.m. (7 p.m. presentation)

  • Stenwood Elementary School – Cafeteria
  • 2620 Gallows Road, Vienna
  • Transit access: Fairfax Connector 401, 402, 462; Metrobus 1B, 1C, 2A, 2B, 2T; Orange Line

Tuesday, April 12, 2016; 4 - 7 p.m.

  • McLean Metrorail Station
  • 1824 Dolley Madison Boulevard, McLean
  • Transit access: Fairfax Connector 721, 724, 734; Metrobus 3T, 23A, 23T; Silver Line

For more information or to comment on the proposed service changes riders should:

Public comment will be accepted until 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 13, 2016.

Proposed Changes by Route

Route 310 – Franconia Road-Rolling Valley

  • On weekends, the time between buses will change from every 60 minutes on Saturdays and Sundays, to every 40 minutes on Saturdays and every 50 minutes on Sundays.

Routes 401, 402 – Backlick Road-Gallows Road

  • On weekends, the time between buses will change from every 30 minutes to approximately every 25 minutes to improve on-time performance and reduce crowding.

Route 422 – Boone Boulevard-Howard Avenue

**Proposed route map**

  • Modify the route to align resources with ridership, maintaining service to bus stops along International Drive, Gallows Road, Old Courthouse Road, Howard Avenue, and Boone Boulevard. Service along Gallows Branch Road will be discontinued due to low ridership and overlap with other bus service, with alternate service available on Fairfax Connector routes 401 and 402, and Metrobus routes 28A and 28X.
  • Riders using bus stops along International Drive, Gallows Road, Boone Boulevard, and Howard Avenue will have more direct trip to and from the Tysons Corner Metrorail Station.
  • The time between buses will be approximately 15 minutes.

Route 424 – Jones Branch Drive

  • Implement Saturday service in response to ridership, public requests, and new development in Tysons.
  • On Saturdays, the time between buses will be approximately every 30 minutes.

Route 461 – Flint Hill-Vienna; Route 466 – Oakton-Vienna

  • Implement an interline between routes 461 and 466 to align service with ridership. Buses will operate on both routes, through-routing at the Vienna Metrorail station.
  • On Route 461, the time between buses will increase from approximately every 20 to 30 minutes to approximately every 25 to 30 minutes. On Route 466, the time between buses will decrease from approximately every 30 to 35 minutes to approximately every 25 to 30 minutes.
  • An earlier afternoon trip will be added to the Route 466 schedule.

Route 463 – Maple Avenue-Vienna

**Proposed route map**

  • Buses will serve the north side of the Tysons Corner Metrorail station via Tysons Boulevard to provide more direct routing to and from Chain Bridge Road, Maple Avenue, and Vienna.
  • Service along portions of Tysons One Place and Gallows Branch Road will be discontinued, with alternate service available on Fairfax Connector routes 401 and 402, and Metrobus routes 28A and 28X.
  • A new schedule will reflect minor adjustments due to the routing changes in Tysons.

Route 574 – Reston-Tysons

  • To improve on-time performance, a new schedule will reflect bus travel times adjusted for traffic conditions. The time between buses during weekday rush hours will change from every 30 minutes to every 35 minutes for some trips due to traffic congestion on Leesburg Pike.

Routes 624, 634 – Stringfellow Road-Fair Lakes

**Proposed route maps: 624 / 634**

  • Implement new weekday rush hour service between the Vienna Metrorail station and expanded Stringfellow Road Park and Ride. Route 624 reverse-peak direction service will travel local via Fair Lakes and Route 634 peak direction service will travel non-stop via I-66 and the Stringfellow Road HOV ramp.
  • Rush hour service frequency in the peak direction of travel between the Vienna Metrorail station and Stringfellow Road Park and Ride will change from approximately every 15 minutes combined on routes 631 and 632 to approximately every 10 minutes combined on routes 631, 632, and 634 to reduce passenger crowding.

 Route 630 – Stringfellow Road-Centreville South

  • Implement Saturday and Sunday service between the Vienna Metrorail station and Centreville via Fair Oaks Mall.
  • The time between buses will be approximately every 60 minutes.

Route 640 – Stone Road-Centreville North

  • Implement Saturday and Sunday service between the Vienna Metrorail station and Centreville via Stone Road.
  • The time between buses will be approximately every 60 minutes.

Route 650 – Chantilly

  • Implement Saturday and Sunday service between the Vienna Metrorail station and Chantilly via Lee Jackson Memorial Highway.
  • The time between buses will be approximately every 60 minutes.

Route 651 – Chantilly-Brookfield

**Proposed route map**

  • Buses will travel via westbound Willard Road between Brookfield Corporate Drive and Daly Drive. Service along Brookfield Corporate Drive and Daly Drive will be discontinued due to low ridership and to have Route 650 and 651 buses serve the same stops along Willard Road.

Route 724 – Lewinsville Road

**Proposed route map**

  • Modify the route to operate between the McLean Metrorail station and Tysons West*Park Transit Station. Service between Tysons West*Park and the Spring Hill Metrorail station will be discontinued due to low ridership and to reduce bus bay congestion along westbound Leesburg Pike at the Metro station.
  • Metrorail connections will be maintained at the McLean Metrorail station.

Route 734 – McLean-West Falls Church

**Proposed alternate service map**

  • Eliminate service to due to low ridership and overlap with other bus service. 
  • Along Chain Bridge Road, alternate service at all bus stops is available on Fairfax Connector Route 721, which connects with the McLean Metrorail station.
  • Along Westmoreland Street, alternate service at all bus stops is available on Metrobus routes 15K and 15L, which connect with the East Falls Church Metrorail station.
  • Along Great Falls Street, no alternate service would be available. Alternate service is available at bus stops along Chain Bridge Road near Great Falls Street, and Westmoreland Street near Kirby Road, Lemon Road, Sea Cliff Road/Clearview Drive and Southridge Drive. (Kirby Road, Lemon Road, Sea Cliff Road/Clearview Drive, and Southridge Drive provide connections between Great Falls and Westmoreland streets.) In addition, bicycle, kiss-and-ride, and park-and-ride options are available at both the McLean and West Falls Church Metrorail stations.

Routes 231, 232, 422, 461, 556, 644Holiday Weekday Service

  • Modify the Holiday weekday service plan to add routes 231, 232, 422, 461, 556, and 644 as routes that will not operate on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, George Washington’s Day, Columbus Day, Veteran’s Day, and the Friday after Thanksgiving in response to lower holiday ridership and alternate service options proximate to bus stops along these routes.
  • On days when Holiday weekday service operates, some riders may have to use alternate bus stops, plan for additional travel time, or transfer between routes to complete trips.

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