Fairfax Connector Operating Saturday Service

September 25, 2008

Fairfax Connector bus service in south Fairfax County will continue to operate a full Saturday schedule, with the exception of routes 161 and 162, on Friday, Sep. 26. The Saturday schedule begins earlier in the day and runs later at night than the Limited Sunday schedule which was operated previously.

A contract between the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3001, the union representing employees, and Veolia Transportation Inc., the contracted bus operator, expired at midnight Sep. 14 without being renewed or extended. Fairfax County owns the Fairfax Connector bus system but is not involved in these labor negotiations, which are between the contractor and the Union. Fairfax Connector service in north Fairfax County is not affected because that division is under a separate contract with a different Union.

Since the job action began, a limited number of personnel has been available to operate bus service. With those limitations, the maximum level of reliable bus service that can be provided is Saturday service without operation of routes 161 and 162. Passengers who normally use routes 161 or 162 should consider routes 151 and 152 as possible options.

Saturday service will be operated on the following south county bus routes on Friday: 101, 109, 151, 152, 171, 310, 321, 322 and 401.

Bus service will not operate on the following south county bus routes: 161, 162, 231, 232, 301, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 331, 332, 380 and VRE EZ-Bus North and South.

Passengers are advised to check the Fairfax Connector Web site at www.fairfaxconnector.com for updates, or call the Fairfax Connector telephone information center at 703-339-7200, TTY 703-339-1608, or visit the Connector Store. The Connector Store in south county is located in the Franconia-Springfield Metrorail Station.

Passengers affected by these service changes may wish to consider other alternatives such as Metrobus, Metrorail, VRE service or carpooling. For ridesharing assistance, call the Fairfax County RideSources office at 703-324-1111, TTY 703-324-1102, or try a temporary carpool program called NuRide online at www.nuride.com. For Metro information call 202-637-7000, TTY 202-638-3780. For VRE service, dial 1-800-RIDE-VRE.

For questions, contact Beth Francis in the Department of Transportation at 703-324-1153, TTY 711.


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