Board of Supervisors Sets Fees for Tysons Circulators and Wiehle-Reston East Garage
July 30, 2013
Today, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors set the fare for the three new, circulating bus routes in Tysons and fees for the public parking garage at the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station. In a related action, the board also approved the route for Connector Route 432.
These transportation services and facilities will help commuter get to and from the Silver Line, and they will be available when the new rail line starts running.
The fare for the Tysons Circulators—Connector Route 422, 423, and 424—were set at 50 cents per trip. For commuters taking Metrorail, however, they will effectively be able to ride these three bus routes for free. Because Metro offers a 50-cent credit to transfer from the rail to bus systems, rail riders will not have to pay to board the circulators if using a SmarTrip card. When hopping on a circulator to get to a Metro station, commuters using SmarTrip cards will pay 50 cents to board the bus, but they will receive a 50-cent discount on their rail fare.
This low fare also will help to draw passengers during lunchtime, helping to reduce traffic congestion in Tysons.
The three circulators offer the “last-mile” connection between the Greensboro, Tysons Corner and Spring Hill Metro Stations and other destinations in Tysons. The routes will pick up riders at bus stops around Tysons, returning to the stations every 10 minutes during rush hours. These new routes were established by the board in June as part of a larger package of route changes to support the Silver Line.
Parking rates for the Wiehle-Reston East Garage were also announced today. The daily parking rate will be $4.75, and the monthly fee for reserved parking will be $65. Both fees are consistent with what Metro currently charges at other garages in the county. The rates will be adjusted in the future to ensure they remain consistent with other Metro parking facilities.
When it opens in conjunction with the first phase of Silver Line service, the new underground garage will offer 2,300 public, parking spaces, 46 “Kiss and Ride” spaces, multiple bus bays, and a secure locker room for bicycles.
The yearly membership fee for using the secure, bike locker room will be $75. This amounts to an average cost of 25 to 30 cents per day, and the annual fee is comparable to what other systems charge, including the Virginia Department of Transportation and Metro. Branded as “Bike & Ride,” this indoor, lock room is the first of its kind for the county. It will accommodate over 200 bikes and include two small, repair stations and benches.
Free, unsecured bike parking will also be available in the garage, along with a future Capital Bikeshare docking station.
The garage is being built as part of a public-private partnership between Fairfax County and developer Comstock. The county owns and operates the garage, and Metro will collect parking fees. The garage is located at 1860 Wiehle Avenue, across from the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station.
At its meeting today, the board also approved the alignment for Connector Route 432.
It will run every 30 to 40 minutes during rush hours on weekdays, starting at Spring Hill Metro Station to Tyco Road, Spring Hill Road, Westpark Drive, Gosnell Road, Old Courthouse Road, Creek Crossing Road, East Street, Church Street, Beulah Road and Trap Road, connecting the northeast area of Vienna to the Silver Line.
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