Fairfax Connector Implements Bus Service Changes for Silver Line


July 14, 2014

News Highlights

  • Fairfax Connector implements changes to bus service on July 26.
  • A ribbon-cutting and open house at the Wiehle-Reston East transportation center is scheduled for July 19.
  • Three new circulator routes will be added in the Tysons area.
  • The Sunset Hills Interim Park and Ride lot closes permanently at midnight, July 25.

Ribbon-Cutting and Open House Scheduled for July 19

Big changes and new travel opportunities are coming to Fairfax County on Saturday, July 26 when Fairfax Connector implements changes to bus service in northern Fairfax County. On opening day of the Silver Line, Fairfax Connector will serve the five new rail stations by:

  • Launching 16 new routes
  • Changing 28 existing routes
  • Eliminating five routes

The new Fairfax Connector service will provide the “first-mile/last-mile” connection for many passengers traveling between home-and-rail station, or rail station-and-workplace.

Connector bus passengers should be advised that current Fairfax Connector bus routes taking North County riders to West Falls Church Metro Station on the Orange Line will now terminate at the new Wiehle-Reston East station. The resources saved from traveling up and down the Dulles Toll Road will be reallocated back into the system, allowing greater service frequency and increased midday, evening and weekend service.

Included among the new routes are three new circulator routes in the Tysons area. Routes 422, 423 and 424 will provide frequent bus service in central Tysons to and from the Tysons Corner, Greensboro and Spring Hill Metro stations. Routes 422, 423 and 424 will offer an introductory fare of 50 cents, or free,if you are transferring from bus or rail with a SmarTrip® card. The three circulator routes will operate every 10 minutes during rush hours and every 20 minutes during midday and evening time periods. Route 423 will operate every 15 to 30 minutes on Saturday and Sunday.

Connector passengers who are currently parking at the Sunset Hills Interim Park and Ride lot should be advised that the lot closes permanently at midnight, July 25. The 600-space lot, located at the intersection of Sunset Hills Road and Town Center Parkway, offered temporary parking while the Wiehle station was under construction. For more information about commuter parking facilities, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/connector/parkandrides.

Fairfax Connector currently operates 34 bus routes in the Dulles Corridor, carrying 18,000 passengers per weekday. The new Silver Line bus service changes will be the most significant change to service in 20 years, when Fairfax Connector took over operation of Metrobus routes in northern Fairfax County in 1994.

Fairfax County will host a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony and Open House at the new Wiehle-Reston East station on Saturday, July 19.  The public is invited to attend the ceremony, which starts at 10 a.m.  Following the ceremony, visitors may tour the facility and talk to representatives from Fairfax Connector, Metro, Dulles Rail Project, Loudoun County Transit and others.  The open house runs until 3 p.m.

For more information about Fairfax Connector service or the ceremony, members of the media only may contact Beth Francis at 703-877-5602, TTY 711.

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