Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Makes Bus Route Changes to Encourage Silver Line Ridership


June 4, 2013

News Highlights

  • Three new bus routes will circulate around Tysons, serving the Greensboro, Tysons Corner and Spring Hill Metrorail Stations every 10 minutes during rush hours.
  • Changes were made to 41 other Connector bus routes, including adding more midday, evening and weekend routes.
  • These new and reconfigured routes will help riders get to and from the five, Phase I Silver Line Metro stations, which are expected to open this winter.

 

At its June 4 meeting, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved three new bus routes for Tysons and changes to 41 Connector bus routes to connect riders with Metro’s Silver Line.

It took this action to encourage ridership on the new rail line, and the route changes are planned to take effect when the Silver Line starts service later this year. The five stations that make up the project’s first phase likely will open this winter. In the first phase, the Silver Line is composed of four stations in Tysons and one at Wiehle Avenue in Reston.

“These changes to existing Fairfax Connector routes are a great step forward for transit in Fairfax County,” said Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova. “We received a lot of positive feedback throughout the outreach process and routes were improved as a result of this extensive community engagement. The changes will ultimately afford travelers an easy commute to and from the new Silver Line Metro stations.”

The board green lighted three new circulating routes in Tysons to take riders to the Greensboro, Tysons Corner and Spring Hill Metrorail Stations. These new bus lines—Route 422, 423, and 424—will pick up riders at stops around Tysons, returning to the stations every 10 minutes during rush hours.

The 41 existing routes that were reconfigured or eliminated serve Herndon, Reston, Tysons, McLean, and Vienna, and the changes were based on public input. Based on community desires, Fairfax is adding two new midday/evening and weekend routes, enhanced feeder service in McLean, and later night service on the feeder routes serving the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station.

The board directed the county’s transportation staff to report back on proposed service changes for Route 432, which would serve the Spring Hill Metro Station in Tysons. No changes were made to this route yet.

 The changes approved are as follows:

  • Route 401: Modify existing bus route to terminate at the Tysons Corner Metrorail Station and improve headways.
  • Route 402:  Modify existing bus route to originate at the Tysons Corner Metrorail Station and improve headways.
  • Route 422:  Implement new weekday bus route serving the Greensboro Metrorail Station on weekdays every 10-minutes during the peak periods and every 20-minutes during the midday and evening time periods; route provides bus service to Route 7, Westpark Drive, Greensboro Drive, International Drive, Tysons Corner Center, Boone Boulevard, Howard Avenue and Route 123 on weekdays.
  • Route 423:  Implement new weekday and weekend bus route serving the Tysons Corner Metrorail Station every 10-minutes during the peak periods and 20-minutes during the midday, evening and weekend time periods; route provides bus service along Route 123, International Drive, Greensboro Drive, Spring Hill Road, Jones Branch Drive, Westpark Drive, Park Run Drive and Tysons Boulevard. Modify routing to serve the Spring Hill Metrorail Station.
  • Route 424:  Implement new weekday bus route serving the Spring Hill Metrorail Station every 10-minutes during the peak periods and 20-minutes during the midday and evening time periods; route provides bus service along Route 7, Tyco Road, International Drive, Westpark Drive, Jones Branch Drive and Spring Hill Road.
  • Route 425: Eliminate route.  Alternate service provided by the circulator routes in Tysons and Metrorail Silver Line.
  • Route 427: Eliminate route.  Alternate service provided by the circulator routes in Tysons and Metrorail Silver Line.
  • Route 461:  Implement new weekday, peak period, bus route originating at the Vienna Metrorail Station providing bus service along Virginia Center Drive, Nutley Street, Maple Avenue, Flint Hill Road, Malcolm Road, Lawyers Road, Park Street and Tapawingo Road.
  • Route 462:  Modify the existing route to provide a transit connection from the Dunn Loring/Merrifield Metrorail Station to the Tysons Corner Metrorail station via Gallows Road, Cottage Street, Bowling Green Drive, Cedar Lane, Electric Avenue, Follin Lane, Route 123, Old Courthouse Road and International Drive.
  • Route 463:  Modify the existing bus route to provide a transit connection from the Vienna Metrorail Station to the Tysons Corner Metrorail Station via Virginia Center Drive, Nutley Street, Route 123, Old Courthouse Road and International Drive.  Improve weekday headways to 20- minutes during peak periods and extend days of operation to include Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Route 505:  Modify the existing bus route to provide a transit connection between Reston Town Center Transit Station and the Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail Station. Extend days of operation to include Saturdays and Sundays.  Extend evening hours of service.
  • Route 507:  Implement a new weekday bus route that will originate from Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail Station and provide bus service to the east along Sunset Hills Road, Hunter Mill Road, Sunrise Valley Drive and Wiehle Avenue.
  • Route 551:  Modify the existing bus route to terminate at the Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail Station.  Improve the weekday headways to 15 minutes during the peak period.  Extend days of service to include Saturdays and Sundays.  Extend evening hours of service.
  • Route 552:  Modify the existing bus route to terminate at the Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail Station.  Improve the headways to 18 minutes.
  • Route 553:  Modify the existing bus route to terminate at the Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail Station.  Improve the headways to 18 minutes.
  • Route 554:  Modify the existing bus route to terminate at the Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail Station.  Improve the headways to 18 minutes.
  • Route 555: Eliminate route.  Alternate service provided by Route 505 from the Reston Town Center Transit Station.
  • Route 557:  Modify the existing bus route to terminate at the Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail Station.  Improve the headways to 18 minutes.
  • Route 558:  Implement new midday, evening and weekend bus route that originates at the Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail Station providing bus service along Center Harbor Drive, Reston Parkway, Wiehle Avenue, Barron Cameron Avenue, Lake Fairfax Drive, Hunt Club Road, Ring Road and North Shore Drive.
  • Route 559:  Implement new midday, evening and weekend bus route that provides a transit link between the Reston South Park-and-Ride Lot and Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail Station providing bus service along Reston Parkway, Glade Drive, Twin Branches Drive, Sunrise Valley Drive, Wiehle Avenue, Soapstone Drive and Lawyers Road.
  • Route 574:  Modify the routing to terminate at the Spring Hill Metrorail Station.  Modify schedule to improve headways to 30 minutes during weekday peak periods and 40 minutes at all other times.
  • Route 585:  Expand the bus service area to cover Franklin Farms Road, West Ox Road and Lawyers Road.
  • Route 595: Discontinue route.  This route will be replaced by new Route 599.
  • Route 597: Discontinue route.  This route will be replaced by new Route 599.
  • Route 599:  Create a new route that is a combination of Route 595 and Route 597 to provide express bus service to the Pentagon and Crystal City.
  • Route 721:  Implement a new weekday, evening, and weekend bus route from the McLean Metrorail Station to the central McLean business district providing service along Chain Bridge Road, Elm Street and Beverly Road.
  • Route 724:  Implement a new bus route to provide a transit link from the McLean Metrorail Station to the Spring Hill Metrorail Station along Route 123, Lewinsville Road, Farm Credit Drive, International Drive, Spring Hill Road and Tyco Road.
  • Route 734:  Implement a new weekday peak period bus route originating from the McLean Metrorail Station providing a transit connection to the West Falls Church Metrorail Station along Great Falls Street, Haycock Road and Westmoreland Street.
  • Route 924:  Modify the existing bus routing to terminate at Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail Station.  Modify the schedule to achieve 30 minute headways.
  • Route 926:  Modify the existing bus routing to terminate at Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail Station.  Modify the schedule to achieve 30 minute headways.
  • Route 927:  Adjust the schedule to provide service during weekday peak periods only.
  • Route 928: Implement a new peak period bus route to provide a transit link to the Herndon-Monroe Park-and-Ride Lot providing bus service along Worldgate Drive, Elden Street, Park Avenue, and Herndon Parkway.
  • Route 929:  Modify the existing route to remove service along McLearen Road east of Centreville Road, Fairfax County Parkway and Franklin Farms Road and extend service to Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail Station.
  • Route 937: Implement a new all day bus route that provides bus service along Parcher Avenue, Elden Street, Dulles Technology Drive and the Herndon Monroe Park-and-Ride Lot.
  • Route 950: Modify the routing to terminate at Wiehle- Reston East Metrorail Station.  Modify schedule to improve headways to 15 minutes during the weekday peak period.
  • Route 951: Modify the route to terminate at the Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail Station.  Revise the schedule to provide bi-directional service during the mid-day and evening time periods.
  • Route 952: Modify the route to terminate at the Wiehle- Reston East Metrorail Station.  Revise the schedule to provide bi-directional service during the mid-day and evening time periods.
  • Route 980: Modify the route to terminate at the Wiehle- Reston East Metrorail Station.
  • Route 981: Modify the existing bus route to terminate at the Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail Station, and to provide a transit connection between Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail Station and Reston Town Center Transit Station via Sunset Hills Road.
  • Route 985: Implement a new weekday bus service that will provide peak period directional service along Dulles Technology Drive, Air and Space Museum Parkway and EDS Drive from the Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail Station.

Route changes also were made to RIBS 1, RIBS 2, RIBS 3, and RIBS 4. These include service to the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station.

The total cost for the three new, circulating routes in Tysons and service changes to existing routes amounts to more than $3.3 million for six months of operations, starting December 31. The three Tysons circulators make up the majority of the cost—at more than $2 million. However, these three new bus lines are already paid for in the board’s adopted FY’14 budget, using Commercial and Industrial Tax revenue. The remaining $1.26 million would be potentially funded with new money from House Bill 2313.

 

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