On the Bus in Mount Vernon
Fairfax Connector to Implement Service Changes Sep. 3
Fairfax Connector bus service changes and route restructuring will occur in South County starting September 3, 2011 in anticipation of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission movements at Fort Belvoir Main Post.
Changes will occur to eight existing Fairfax Connector routes 159, 171, 305, 307, 310, 331, 332, and 380D. Additionally, four new bus routes will be introduced: 333, 334, 335 and 371. The changes are effective Saturday, September 3rd for routes with weekend service. Changes to bus routes that operate only on weekdays will take effect Tuesday, September 6th.
Route and schedule changes include modifications to routes 159, 171 and 305; elimination of Route 307 (see new Route 371); increased service to Route 310; the restructuring and renumbering of routes 331 and 332 to provide better connections to Fort Belvoir from the Franconia-Springfield Metrorail Station (restructured Route 331 will be renamed Route 333, and restructured Route 332 will be renamed Route 334); implementation of new Route 371; and renumbering Route 380D as Route 395.
New Route 335 will begin operating on Tuesday, September 6th between the Franconia-Springfield Metrorail Station and the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital on the Fort Belvoir Main Post. Route 335 will operate in morning and afternoon rush hours Monday through Friday, and will cost the regional express fare prices of $3.65 with a SmarTrip card or $3.85 with cash. Passengers will need to have a government-issued photo ID to ride this bus onto the military base.
Route-by-route descriptions are provided on the Fairfax Connector Web site, which includes maps and detailed information about each route. For a comprehensive list of the changes as well as new route timetables and maps, visit www.fairfaxconnector.com.
For information about this news item, call Ellen Kamilakis at 703-877-5606, TTY 711.
The Richmond Highway Express "REX" Bus runs between Fort Belvior and the King Street Metro station. Express stops are clearly marked with colorful signs and a convenient time table. The REX bus runs from 5:30 am to 10:00 pm at night, and the fare is one dollar. Watch for the blue and gold signs along Route 1 to see where you can jump on the bus! The schedule is viewable here, or you can pick up a copy at the Supervisor's Office.
For seniors in need of alternative transportation, two options are available: