FAIRFAX CONNECTOR Fare Increase


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935, FAX 703-324-2010

March 11, 2004

 

FAIRFAX CONNECTOR Fare Increase
Proposed in FY 2005 Advertised Budget

County Executive Anthony H. Griffin's FY 2005 Advertised Budget proposes a FAIRFAX CONNECTOR fare change that would return the FAIRFAX CONNECTOR cash fare to $1. The current FAIRFAX CONNECTOR base fare is $1. The county reduces this fare by discounting 25 cents of the price, resulting in a 75-cent fare to riders. With the elimination of the 25-cent buy down discount, this would result in an increase to riders from a 75-cent to a $1 fare. There would be no change to the bus fares for seniors and people with disabilities. However, cash fares for Pentagon express routes would increase as Metrobus express fares increase. Currently, WMATA is proposing an increase of up to 50 cents for Metrobus, and the minimum charge for a passenger using bus-rail transfer is proposed to increase from 25 cents to 50 cents.

  Now June 27, 2004
Base Fare $ 1.00 $ 1.00
Buy down Discount $ (0.25) $ none
Cash Fare- You Pay: $ 0.75 $ 1.00

The reduction in buy down is included in the county's FY 2005 Advertised Budget and if approved, the 75-cent cash fare will go up to $1 effective Sunday, June 27, 2004. All other fare changes, such as express bus fares and bus-rail transfer charges, would become effective on June 27 as well.

As part of the FY 2005 Advertised Budget, the county executive has proposed this fare increase to generate more revenue for the county and to use this revenue to implement the proposed South County Bus Service Plan, which calls for increased bus service. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors also may choose to use the increased revenue to offset other county expenses rather than increase bus service.

Under the proposed fare change for FY 2005, the following bus routes would be affected.

Local
FAIRFAX CONNECTOR
Route
Present Cash Fare
Proposed Cash Fare
Senior/Disabled Present
Cash Fare

Senior/Disabled Proposed
Cash Fare
101 -- 110; 202 -- 204; 301 -- 305; 311;
401 -- 427; 504 -- 585; 605 -- 623; 922 -- 980;
RIBS 1 -- 4.
$0.75
$1.00
$0.50
$0.50

Public hearings will take place on Monday, March 29, Tuesday, March 30, and Wednesday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. in the Board Auditorium of the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. The purpose of these public hearings will be to receive public testimony and input regarding the county executive's proposed FY 2005 budget as well as the proposed fare changes. Those wishing to speak at the public hearings should contact the Office of the Clerk to the Board at 703-324-3151, TTY 703-324-3903, to place their names on the speakers list.

The board has scheduled the budget markup session for Monday, April 19, at 10 a.m. The formal adoption of the budget is scheduled to take place on Monday, April 26, at 10 a.m. during the regularly scheduled board meeting.

All of the board public hearings will be held in the Board Auditorium of the Fairfax County Government Center and will be televised live on Fairfax County Government Cable Channel 16. Fairfax County is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in all county programs, services and activities and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. To request special accommodations, call 703-324-3151, TTY 703-324-3903. Please allow five working days in advance of the event in order to make the necessary arrangements.

For more information about FAIRFAX CONNECTOR bus service, call the FAIRFAX CONNECTOR Information Center at 703-339-7200, TTY 703-339-1608, or visit the Web site at www.fairfaxconnector.com. For information about the proposed South County Bus Plan, call 571-339-1012, TTY 703-324-1102, or visit the South County Bus Plan Web site at www.fairfaxbusplan.com.

FAIRFAX COUNTY IS COMMITTED TO A POLICY OF NONDISCRIMINATION IN ALL COUNTY PROGRAMS, SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES AND WILL PROVIDE REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS UPON REQUEST. TO REQUEST SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS, CALL 703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935. PLEASE ALLOW FIVE WORKING DAYS IN ADVANCE OF EVENTS IN ORDER TO MAKE THE NECESSARY ARRANGEMENTS.

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