Celebrate "The Best of the Connector" During National County Government Week


 

Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
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Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
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April 15, 2004

 

Celebrate "The Best of the Connector" During National County Government Week

 

Did you know April 18 - 24 is National County Government Week? This annual celebration of the contributions county government makes to our everyday lives is sponsored by the National Association of Counties. The theme this year is “Transportation: We Move America’s People and Products,” a timely subject in a region with the third worst traffic congestion in the country according to a recent Texas Transportation Institute study.

During National County Government Week, the Fairfax Connector bus system is sponsoring “The Best of the Connector” Contest, giving Fairfax Connector riders the opportunity to nominate their favorite bus driver for his or her good service. Riders have until noon Friday, April 16, to submit a brief description of why their bus driver deserves to win. The Best of the Connector winner will be announced during the week of April 18 - 24. A celebration will be held on the winning drivers’ bus the morning of April 24 for the riders as well as the awardees. For more details on the contest call Carol Smith, transportation marketing chief, at 703-324-1100, TTY 703-324-1102.

The Fairfax Connector bus system is one of the Fairfax County Department of Transportation’s major successes. In May 2003, Metro Magazine named Fairfax Connector as one of the top ten most improved transit systems in the United States. Metro Magazine cited the fact that Fairfax Connector greatly surpassed its fiscal year 2002 goals by increasing ridership on the bus system by 11.8 percent over fiscal year 2001 and reducing adverse customer comments by 26.8 percent to 30 per 100,000 riders.

In an effort to improve bus service further, Fairfax Connector is currently undertaking a major overhaul of bus service in the South County corridor of the county. Fairfax Connector has been taking its plan for improvements to the residents in the affected areas, gathering citizen input and improving the proposed plan. Expected to be ready for implementation in the fall of 2004, this new South County Bus Plan is an effort to consolidate outdated routes, provide more bus service where a critical demand exists and generally get people where they want to go more effectively and efficiently.

A week to celebrate transportation and the contributions our county makes to the overall mobility of the region could not come at a more appropriate time. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors recently adopted a four year transportation plan which includes improved bus service, sidewalk and trail improvements for pedestrians, and rail expansion to Dulles. The county has made a significant financial commitment to transportation projects in Fairfax County, and it continues to support other transportation services including VRE, Metrorail and Metrobus. Major road improvements are also provided for in the Route 28 and Fairfax County Parkway projects.

While the Fairfax County Department of Transportation does not maintain our roadways (VDOT’s responsibility), the county’s DOT is a major contributing force in planning and developing solutions to transportation issues of today and tomorrow. National County Government Week, April 18 - 24, is an excellent opportunity to recognize the many ways the Fairfax County Department of Transportation improves the quality of life for all those who live, work, travel and do business in Fairfax County.

To contact the Fairfax County Department of Transportation, call 703-324-1100, TTY 703-324-1102. For information about 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.

 

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