Fairfax Connector Implements Temporary Fare Surcharge

February 18, 2010

Effective Sunday, Feb. 28, Fairfax Connector will implement a temporary 10-cent surcharge on bus fares. The surcharge will ensure fare compatibility with Metrobus, who also will institute a temporary fare increase on Feb. 28. The surcharge will help address fiscal concerns for the remainder of a budget year in which Fairfax Connector underwent cuts in service and operations due to the County’s budget shortfall and a decline in ridership.

In December 2008, the Board of Supervisors adopted a standing Fairfax Connector fare policy that would follow the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) fare changes in implementation date and rate structure. The surcharge will be applied to transfers as well per WMATA’s fare policy.

Fairfax Connector fare changes:

  • The regular base fare will increase from $1.25 to $1.35 if paying by SmarTrip® card and from $1.35 to $1.45 if paying by cash;
  • Senior and disabled fares will increase from 60 cents to 65 cents;
  • The surcharge will not be added to the express fares for routes 380D, 595 and 597.
  • The surcharge will affect transfer costs. A charge will be assessed for passengers paying by SmarTrip® card who start their trip on a transit service whose fare is less than that of the Fairfax Connector.

For information regarding WMATA’s fare increase, visit www.wmata.com.

For information regarding Fairfax Connector fares or bus service, visit www.fairfaxconnector.com or call the telephone information center at 703-339-7200, TTY 703-339-1608.

For information about this news item, contact Ellen Kamilakis at 703-877-5606, TTY 711.


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