Tysons Comprehensive Plan - Transportation - Express and Local Bus Service to Tysons
While Metrorail is necessary for Tysons to develop into a vibrant, urban center, it is not sufficient to support development at the Comprehensive Plan level by itself. Other regional, high quality, public transportation services, such as an expanded local bus network and express bus routes serving Tysons from the regional network of HOV and HOT lanes, are needed. Express bus service is a high-speed, limited-stop service generally operating within transportation corridors oriented to a principal destination. It consists of longer trips, especially to major activity centers, during peak commuting hours, and operates long distances without stopping. The opening of the Beltway High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes, with three new connections to Tysons, provides an opportunity to serve Tysons with a significant express bus network extending on the regional HOV/HOT network to destinations such as the I-95 corridor and the I-66 corridor.
An expanded network of local bus routes will play an equally important role in moving people to, from and through Tysons via transit. Over one dozen bus routes currently serve the Tysons area. About two-thirds of these routes are operated by WMATA while the remaining third are operated by the Fairfax Connector. When the Metrorail extension opens, these routes are expected to be realigned to provide better service to the new Metrorail stations, while other existing routes may be eliminated or replaced by modified routes or the extended Metrorail service. Bus service frequencies will also be modified for other routes to achieve consistency with new transit service in the corridor, to better coincide with Metrorail headways and to reduce duplication of service where it exists. For more detailed information on planned bus service to Tysons Corner, please review the Fairfax County Transit Development Plan.