FCPS, Fairfax Connector Offering Free Rides for SLHS Students

by Karen Goff September 9, 2015 at 2:00 pm 7 Comments

South Lakes High School is one of five Fairfax County Public High Schools that is taking part in a pilot program that allows students to ride Fairfax Connector buses for free as an option for getting to and from school and from school to afterschool jobs.

Students can get a special pass from the school system if their parent or guardian signs an agreement/permission form.

The ID cards will allow students to ride the Fairfax Connector (not Metro) buses for free from 6 a.m . to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The buses can accommodate bicycles.

  • John Higgins

    This is genius! It’s basically a no-cost option for some students, reducing he number who might otherwise drive or have to navigate snow-encrusted sidewalks this winter. It will provide flexibility for certain extracurricular activities where the “late bus” is not ideal.

    The parental permission part strikes me as a bit of unnecessary bureaucracy and control. Students can step aboard these busses and pay with documented permission. Offer SLHS student a free pass, and leave the parenting where it belongs.

  • Arielle in NoVA

    I agree with the first half of what John said in particular. The second part is probably just so the parents know the kids might be able to get on the bus straight from the school and go elsewhere (ie. not take the school bus home).

    Would be very helpful if local Connector route maps – the ones with stops originating near the local schools – are posted.

    • Great Googlie Mooglie

      Arielle: You can find that here http://lmgtfy.com/

      • Arielle in NoVA

        that was just a link to a “let me Google that for you” search bar

        • Shannon Carling Evans

          Route 551 goes past SLHS at 8 AM, leaving from Herndon Monroe Park and Ride.

      • FZ

        I can’t believe you have the unmitigated audacity to send somebody trudging across the internet jungle, to a google link. Who you jiving with that cosmik debris?

  • Chuck Morningwood

    I have mixed feelings about this. One the one hand, I’m sure some of them will use this to avoid the only exercise they get during the day: their walk to/from school. On the other hand, avoiding dangerous or inconvenient conditions is a plus, but has always been available to these students for a fee.

    I think, though, that the really big plus is that it will start the process of preparing the next generation with mass transit instead of SOVs. If the kids become comfortable riding the commuter buses now, maybe that’s a habit that will continue into adulthood.


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