Fairfax Connector Implements Fare Increase

December 8, 2008

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors today approved an increase in bus fares and the elimination of paper transfers for Fairfax Connector bus service, effective January 4, 2009. Public meetings were held in November to receive comments from the public regarding the proposed fare increases. The last fare increase for Fairfax Connector occurred in 2004.

The regular base fare will increase from $1.00 to $1.25 if paying by SmarTrip card, and from $1.00 to $1.35 if paying by cash. Passengers using SmarTrip cards will receive discounts when transferring to bus or rail, but passengers paying cash will be charged full fare on each vehicle they board, as paper transfers will be eliminated. Bus-to-bus transfers using SmarTrip cards will be extended from two to three hours. A “Balanced Transfer” policy will be implemented whereby bus-to-rail passengers will received a $.50 discount. The discount for rail-to-bus passengers will be reduced from $.90 to $.50, so the discount is the same whether bus-to-rail or rail-to-bus.

By encouraging the use of SmarTrip cards, passengers will experience faster boarding and fewer delays resulting from cash and paper transfer issues, and Fairfax Connector will no longer incur the cost of printing paper transfers. More details about the fare changes can be found on the Fairfax Connector Web site at www.fairfaxconnector.com, or by calling the Fairfax Connector telephone information center at 703-339-7200, TTY 703-339-1608.

The Board of Supervisors also adopted a Standing Fairfax Connector Fare Policy that would generally follow the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) fare changes in implementation date and rate structure. The increased fares on Fairfax Connector buses will parallel Metrobus and Metrorail fares, which were increased in January 2008.

WMATA also will be eliminating paper transfers effective January 4, 2009, and will remove transfer machines from Metrorail stations that day.

For more information about bus fares or Fairfax Connector bus service, visit the web site at www.fairfaxconnector.com, or call the telephone information center at 703-339-7200, TTY 703-339-1608, or visit one of the Connector Stores at these locations: Franconia-Springfield Metro Station, Tysons-WestPark Transit Station, Reston East at Wiehle Park & Ride, Reston Town Center, and Herndon-Monroe Park & Ride.

For questions about this item, contact Beth Francis of FCDOT at 703-324-1153, TTY 711.

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