Free Fairfax Connector Rides

Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 711, FAX 703-324-2010

July 6, 2006

MetroAccess Users Can Now Ride Fairfax Connector for Free

Fairfax Connector bus fares have been waived for all current registered MetroAccess riders and a companion, effective July 1. Fairfax Connector is the third regional transit system to offer the Free Fare program. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved this policy in May 2006. Currently registered Fairfax County MetroAccess users will be notified about the Free Fare policy in writing.

While MetroAccess will continue to provide its curb-to-curb service in the Washington Metropolitan area, the Free Fare program provides MetroAccess users and their companions with more transit options. Now, Metrobus, Metrorail, Ride-On and the Fairfax Connector can all be used by MetroAccess registered users at no charge. In Fairfax County, riders only have to show their current MetroAccess ID cards to the Fairfax Connector bus operators; the Free Fare policy will apply to all Fairfax Connector bus routes including rush hour buses.

MetroAccess is the ADA (American with Disabilities Act) required curb-to-curb transportation service that compliments the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority in the region. MetroAccess provides demand-responsive and subscription transportation for individuals who are certified by a health care professional to have some type of disability. Transportation is provided for MetroAccess-certified users on a number of different vehicles including sedans, taxicabs and small buses.

In an effort to broaden the program, WMATA introduced the Free Fare program in 2004 as an 18-month pilot on both its bus and rail system. Under this program, MetroAccess riders (and one companion) could use the bus and rail system at no charge, with the only condition being that a companion would have to embark and disembark at the identical stops as the MetroAccess user.

For more information or to apply for this specialized transportation service, call MetroAccess headquarters at 1-800-523-7009 or 301-562-5360, TTY 301-588-7835, or call the Fairfax Connector at 703-339-7200, TTY 703-324-1102.

To request this information in an alternate format, call the Office of Public Affairs at 703-324-3187, TTY 711.

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