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Bus to Pentagon Will Leave From Reston During Metro Safety Surges

by Karen Goff — May 24, 2016 at 2:45 pm 6 Comments

Supervisor Chair Sharon Bulova after Transportation Committee meeting TuesdayExpress buses will be running from Reston to the Pentagon when Metro’s SafeTrack program gets underway early next month.

That’s just one means of mitigating aggravation, delays and traffic during Metro’s accelerated safety program that will condense three years of repairs into one year.

Metro will accomplish this by working nights, weekends, and in 15 “Safety Surges,” which will mean rolling, longterm track outages in various parts of the system.

See the full schedule of Safety Surges.

Reston-area commuters will be affected early in the process. The Silver and Orange Lines will be single tracking from Ballston to East Falls Church June 4 to 16. Then from June 18 to July 3, the Silver/Orange/Blue lines will be closed from Eastern Market to Minnesota Ave/Benning Road in D.C.

Metro officials said Silver Line trains will run about every 18 minutes during the surge. They are also encouraging riders to seek alternate forms of transportation.

Fairfax County Supervisor Chair Sharon Bulova said on Tuesday, following a transportation committee board meeting, that the Board of Supervisors is “very supportive of the SafeTrack Plan.”

“We feel the time is more than over for WMATA to put in this kind of safety effort,” she said. “But it will not be easy and convenient for folks.”

Bulova said she encourages Fairfax County commuters to carpool, take buses and and telework during Safety Surges.

The Pentagon bus service will cost $4 per trip. It will depart from the Reston North Park and Ride (11300 Sunset Hills Rd., opposite the Wiehle-Reston East Metro) every 30 minutes from 5:05 a.m. to 8:20 a.m. The one-way trip is expected to take 35 minutes.

In the evening, the buses will depart Pentagon Bay L7 every 10 minutes from 3:40 p.m. to 6:05 p.m.

See more information and more alternative transportation resources on Fairfax County’s website.

Photo: Sharon Bulova, chair of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, after Tuesday’s transportation committee meeting.

  • cosmo

    Glad to see Fairfax Connector is dropping the fare for the Pentagon routes as it’s normally $7.50. Another option for folks is to park at Herndon-Monroe and take Metrobus 5A – it’s an express bus with only two stops: Rosslyn and L’Enfant. It’ll likely be much quicker than Metro during the track work periods.

    • ANDREA

      How often does that run and how much?

      • HP
      • cosmo

        I think the 5A runs every 40 minutes and it’s $7 since it’s an airport express bus. But the cost is probably less than the parking fee at Wiehle combined with taking Metro at peak fares each way.

  • L12604

    Why can’t Fairfax Connector route buses from Herndon Monroe back to West Falls Church rather than Reston East? This was the previous routing, is cheaper and saves having to wait for the silver and having to change and wait again for the orange!

    • HP

      You would still be impacted by the Safety Surge, since it will be single tracking from E Falls Church to Ballston. If they offered Fairfax Connector or Metrobus from Herndon Monroe to Ballston, that would help.

      Alternatively, you can take the 5A Metrobus that goes from Dulles airport to L’Enfant Plaza, with stops at H&M and Rosslyn.

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