Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Approves Plan for Express Bus Service to Tysons


September 11, 2012

News Highlights

  • Express bus service to Tysons will start operating next year with the Burke Centre route as the first.
  • Buses will make limited stops along the way to Tysons before getting on the 495 Express Lanes.
  • Final routes, fares and schedules will be determined in fall 2012.

At its meeting today, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved the plan to provide express bus service to Tysons Corner.

This new service will ferry commuters from the Burke Centre Virginia Railway Express (VRE) station, Lorton VRE station and Springfield area to Tysons. The first route—Burke Centre—is expected to start running in January 2013, and the other two are scheduled to begin in March.

The express routes will stop at the four Dulles Rail Metro stations in Tysons when they open, although each route will not serve every one of the stations. The buses also will circulate through Tysons, stopping at the office locations for major employers.

The Burke route is the first to provide direct bus service from this area to Tysons. On weekdays, it will operate during rush hours from 6:30 to 9 a.m. and 4:15 to 7 p.m., along with midday runs from Tysons at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

After making limited local stops, the buses will travel along the 495 Express Lanes, offering significant time savings. For example, the trip from Burke to the last stop in Tysons will take about one hour.

While the final routes, fares and schedule will be determined later this fall, the three routes are expected to run every 15 minutes during rush hour, along with two midday trips. One-way fares may range from $3.65 to $5.35.

The new express bus routes support the county’s plans to turn Tysons into a walkable, green, transit-oriented urban center. As Fairfax County’s downtown, Tysons will be home to up to 100,000 jobs and 200,000 residents by 2050.

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