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Herndon-Reston Area Fairfax Connector Bus Service Review

We want to hear from you! Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) wants to know how they can improve the local bus service provided by Fairfax Connector in the Herndon-Reston area. FCDOT is looking for public input as part of a process to generate service improvement recommendations and an implementation plan for service changes, including connections to the future Metrorail Silver Line Phase 2 stations in Herndon and Reston. FCDOT's goals for this process include increased mobility, better access to destinations, improved travel times, increased schedule reliability, more effective transit operations and increased ridership. Join us online on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at noon to share your thoughts and questions live with our staff. We look forward to hearing from our riders and our community!


Robin Geiger : Thanks for joining us to talk about the future of Fairfax Connector bus service in the Herndon and Reston area! Iā€™m Michael Felschow with Fairfax Connector planning team and I look forward to answering your questionsand collecting your feedback today. For background, we are looking for public input as part of a process to generate service improvement recommendations and an implementation plan for Fairfax Connector service changes, including connections to the future MetrorailSilver Line Phase 2 stations in Herndon and Reston. Our goals for this process include increased mobility, better access to destinations, improved travel times, increased schedule reliability, more effective transit operations and increased ridership. Formore information on this process, to take an online survey, and to view up-coming community meetings schedule (or presentations from past meetings), visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/connector/herndon-reston-service-review.


Anonymous User : Does this mean there will be no face-to-face meetings about new Herndon bus service to take us to the new Herndon Metro station when it opens and Herndon-Monroe park and ride becomes paid parking? This is not an appropriate replacement for actual in-person public meetings about this most important transportation issue.

Robin Geiger : Thank you for this question! We have several ways that Herndon residents and those commuting from Herndon are able to provide their input ā€“ this chat being just one of those ways. There will be a community meeting at the Herndon Senior Center on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, from 6-8 p.m. This meeting was rescheduled from January due to the recent inclement weather. More information can be found at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/connector/herndon-reston-service-review. We will have two more rounds of public input in the spring and summer. Dates for those meetings have not yet been determined and will be posted on our website at the link listed above. 


699 rider : Is it possible to have a similar service from Herndon/Reston to DC like 699?

Michael Felschow : Thank you for your suggestion. We will consider your idea as part of the planning process.


Josh : I would like to confirm that when the silver line phase 2 opens that there will be bus service from Herndon south starting at Armfield Drive and Centreville Road (my neighborhood). Currently I only have the Vienna/Orange line option with 652... I have to walk a mile north to Franklin Farm Road. Thanks!

Michael Felschow : Josh ā€“ thank you for this comment. We appreciate this suggestion and since we are looking at all ideas for Metrorail Silver Line connections in the future, we will be sure to take a look at connections to and from your neighborhood.
 


BruceW : Do you think the RIBS service in Reston and Herndon could be improved by not allowing the buses to slowly move through the village centers and instead use the Connector stops on the main roads instead? Perhaps that would improve travel times.

Michael Felschow : We are looking at how to improve travel times as part of this service review and the RIBS service will also be evaluated for improvements. Thank you for your comment!
 


Anonymous User : How will the community input be used in designing the various service recommendations for the Reston and Herndon communities? Will I have an opportunity to weigh-in on these recommendations?

Michael Felschow : We will take all the input, categorize it and identify areas for improvement. We will then design the system recommendations based in-part on those inputs. Yes, there will be additional public meetings where these recommendations will be presented for further comment


Anonymous User : Can you please answer the question about a possible circulator route? Like the ones in other areas, like Tysons?

Michael Felschow : Thank you for your question. We are considering all options and types of routes within the Herndon and Reston areas. We appreciate your suggestion.


Commuter : When the Metro Silver Line phase 2 stations open, I am concerned that the trains will be full by the time they get to Wiehle. Will you be considering adding express bus service from Reston to Downtown D.C. to help alleviate this issue?

Michael Felschow : Thank you for your comment. We will monitor ridership when Silver Line phase 2 service begins. If necessary, we will make the appropriate accommodations in coordination with WMATA. 


Kripa : After the completion of phase 2 of the silver line, can we have a route serving route 666 (Monroe St lying between West Ox Road and Fox Mill Road)?

Michael Felschow : Thank you for your suggestion, Kripa. We will take a look at the possibility for service in this location.


Chris : I live in the Oakton area (and bike or take 463/466 line to Tysons), but will soon be working in Reston. There are no Fairfax Connector (or WMATA) bus lines that directly connect these two residential/work areas. What are my Fairfax Connector options for this commute? Are there plans for any bus lines on Hunter Mill Road in the near or distant future?

Michael Felschow : Hi Chris. Thank you for your question. We will be evaluating these types of travel patterns and will make the appropriate system adjustments. We are looking at service in the Herndon and Reston areas, including along Hunter Mill Road, for service improvements.


Fair Lakes to Reston rider : In any revision for Route 605 serving the Reston area, currently the terminus is the Reston Transit Center on Bluemont Way which is pedestrian hazardous crossing four lanes of traffic at around 35 mph with no median, light, etc. Hoping the bus can at least go a block or two into Reston Town Center as it used to years ago to avoid this dangerous crossing to get to shopping, etc.

Michael Felschow : Thank you for your comments. Pedestrian safety is always a concern and we will be looking at pedestrian access to and from Reston Town Center Transit Station.


Anonymous User : I strongly suggest you consider a bus route from Wiehle to the Pentagon. This would be an effective traffic reduction measure and a great convenience to your patrons who utilize public transportation.

Michael Felschow : Thank you for your comment. We currently operate Route 599 from the Reston North Park and Ride to the Pentagon during rush hour. For more information go to www.fairfaxconnector.com.


Michael Felschow : That wraps it up for us. Thank you very much for your questions, comments and suggestions. We'll be back to answer more of your questions in the spring. If you have additional comments or questions, send us an email to fairfaxconnector@fairfaxcounty.gov.