Bus Routes are Changing in South Fairfax County


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

Aug. 16, 2004

 

Bus Routes are Changing in South Fairfax County
New Service Starts Sept. 26, 2004

Starting Sept. 26, 2004, passengers in south Fairfax County will have more connections, more options, and more bus services from which to choose. New bus routes will replace 24 existing bus routes in Springfield, Franconia, Kingstowne, Hayfield, Lorton, Saratoga, Fort Belvoir and the Richmond Highway corridor. The new bus routes have been re-routed, re-numbered and improved in order to provide better service, longer hours, more frequent trips and better connections.

Bus routes affected by the September changes include:
FAIRFAX CONNECTOR routes 101, 102, 103, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 202, 203, 204,
301, 303, 304, 305, 311, 383, 384 and 385;
Metrobus route 9A; and TAGS routes S-80, S-81, and S-82.

The only bus routes NOT affected by the September changes are:
FAIRFAX CONNECTOR 306 and 401;
Metrobus 11Y, 18-series.

The new bus service features more two-way loops, instead of routes which travel in only one direction. In general, service will start earlier in the morning and run later in the evening; more mid-day and weekend service is provided; and there is a shorter wait-time between trips during peak hours.

A new limited-stop express service called “REX – Richmond Highway Express” will operate on Richmond Highway seven days a week. REX will save time for passengers who are traveling between Fort Belvoir and the Huntington Metro and King Street Metro stations. REX will stop only at 12 strategic bus stops (not including a few additional stops in Fort Belvoir and Alexandria), where it connects with other local FAIRFAX CONNECTOR or DASH service. REX buses are low-floor buses which make it easier and faster for passengers to step on-board. REX buses are equipped with SmartCard fareboxes, which make it easier and faster for passengers to pay the fare. And REX buses feature transponders which trigger traffic signals to hold green lights so the bus can continue moving. REX buses will be easy to identify because of their unique purple-blue color scheme with a yellow lion logo.

Metrobus Route 9A will no longer operate along Richmond Highway between Fort Belvoir and the Huntington Metro Station, but it will continue to operate from the Huntington Metro Station to the Pentagon Metro Station.

TAGS service in greater Springfield has been restructured so that passengers may have better connections and travel farther. New FAIRFAX CONNECTOR bus routes will replace some of the existing TAGS service, and provide links to Springfield Plaza, Gateway 95, DLA, Boston Boulevard, the Medical College, and Franconia-Springfield, Van Dorn Street, and Huntington Metrorail stations.

A special new express route numbered FAIRFAX CONNECTOR 380 and called the Pentagon Express will operate between Franconia-Springfield Metro Station and the Pentagon Metro Station/bus terminal. Route 380 will operate every 15 minutes during weekday rush hours. This route will have an impact on passengers who use the current 383, 384 and 385 routes, which were found to be under-utilized while requiring 20 percent of available buses. Route 383, 384 and 385 riders are now encouraged to take the new FAIRFAX CONNECTOR 303, 304 or 305 to the Franconia-Springfield Metro Station, where they can transfer to the Pentagon Express route.

New timetables and maps are being produced for the new bus routes, and they will have a different look from current timetables. They highlight the route map and the schedule and have been designed to fold neatly into a pocket-size brochure. A supplemental brochure which describes all FAIRFAX CONNECTOR fares and policies also is being produced, and will be available on-board buses.

A kick-off event will take place on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2004, at the South County Center located at 8350 Richmond Highway. The public is invited to join the celebration and enjoy entertainment, food and festivities starting at 1:30 p.m. that day.

For more information about the new bus service, call the FAIRFAX CONNECTOR Information Center at 703-339-7200, TTY 703-339-1608, visit the Connector Store at Springfield Mall, or visit the Web site at www.fairfaxconnector.com.


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