Fairfax Connector Fleet Gets State-of-the-Art Buses
Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
Contact: Merni Fitzgerald, Director of Public Affairs
703-324-3187, TTY 711, Fax 703-324-2010
Media Pager: 703-324-NEWS (6397)
June 13, 2007
State-of-the-Art Buses Join Fairfax Connector Fleet
Board of Supervisors to Tour at June 18 Meeting
Fairfax Connector will unveil its new state-of-the-art bus to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors before its meeting on Monday, June 18, at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. The new buses are gradually joining the Fairfax Connector fleet starting in June. Along with a modern design and color scheme, features include larger windows, improved accessibility for older adults and passengers with disabilities, and environmentally friendly components to reduce emissions. Enhanced safety elements consist of a fire suppression system and coarser textured floors to reduce slipping when wet.
The new buses also will be outfitted with bike racks and SmarTrip fare boxes. Existing buses recently have been equipped with SmarTrip fare boxes, and bike racks are being installed.
During the next year, 84 new buses will be added to the fleet. As the new buses enter, older buses will be retired.
The buses will be more accessible to older adults and people with disabilities because of a design feature that eliminates the steps required to access a traditional bus. These “low-floor buses” allow easier boarding and disembarking for passengers and include ramps, instead of lifts, for people using wheelchairs.
The new buses conform to Environmental Protection Agency 2007 clean air mandates. These “Green Diesel” buses run on ultra-low sulfur diesel and include a particulate trap, which can reduce emissions up to 90 percent. Air quality and transportation are areas of focus in the Board of Supervisors’ environmental agenda, “Environmental Excellence for Fairfax County — A 20-Year Vision,” which was adopted in 2004. The agenda and the board’s environmental improvement program were recognized by the National Association of Counties with an Achievement Award last year. Both are available on the county’s Web site at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/living/environment/eip/. Fairfax County also has partnered with a select group of counties across the United States and the Sierra Club in a “Cool Counties” initiative to create a template for local governments to begin reducing their greenhouse gas emissions in favor of more environmentally friendly practices.
Information about the Fairfax Connector bus system is available at www.fairfaxconnector.com, or by calling the Connector Information Center at 703-339-7200, TTY 703-339-1608. Additional information also is available at the five Connector stores: Tysons-West*Park Transit Station; Reston East at Wiehle Avenue Park and Ride; Herndon-Monroe Park and Ride; Springfield at Franconia-Springfield Metro Station; and Reston Town Center Transit Station.
For media inquiries about Fairfax Connector’s new buses, contact Mary Mulrenan or Beth Francis, Fairfax County Department of Transportation, at 703-324-1100, TTY 703-324-1102.
For more news and information, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news.