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Changes to Fairfax Connector Routes In Effect on Saturday

by Fatimah Waseem November 27, 2017 at 1:30 pm 11 Comments

Changes are coming to the Fairfax Connector beginning this Saturday. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisor approved changes and updates to the bus service earlier this month.

In the Hunter Mill District, Route 463 will replace the 2T MetroBus, which was eliminated to remove transit service from Tysons Towers Apartments. Buses will reroute onto Westpark Drive, International Drive and Tysons Boulevard in Tysons to address traffic conditions and improve scheduling. The change will also adjust running times to make them more reliable, particularly during peak hours, according to the board-approved proposal.

Additionally, a new express service will run from the Fairfax County Government Center to Washington beginning Monday, Dec. 4. The service includes 10 rush-hour, in-bound only trips in the mornings and outbound-only trips in the afternoons. Departures are scheduled to take place every 15 to 25 minutes.

The new service is intended to reduce congestion within the I-66 corridor inside the Beltway. Last year, the county’s transportation department submitted a grant to the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission for the express bus service. The grant includes $986,836 to cover operational costs for 18 months and $2.35 million to purchase five buses. for Route 699.

The route to Washington will be free from Dec. 4 through Dec. 8, after which the fare will be $4.25 and $2.10 for seniors and individuals with disabilities.

For more information, visit the Fairfax Connector’s website.

  • Anonymous Poster

    I… um… can’t read the block of text very easily, and there’s a stray period. Maybe the CSS wasn’t applied correctly?

    • Why do you bother?

      Looks OK to me.

      • Anonymous Poster

        Yup, it looks fixed. Thanks!

  • Mike M

    . . . and no one noticed and the buses continued to drive around empty.

    • NormVA

      I wonder how often you ride the buses. There are always a number of other people on when I ride.

      • Mike M

        I see them all the time in the darker months. They are well lit. I drive by them and they are empty or have one of two passengers.

      • The Constitutionalist

        Well of course there is, there’s always the driver.

  • Greg

    “The new service is intended to reduce congestion within the I-66 corridor inside the Beltway. Last year, the county’s transportation department submitted a grant to the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission for the express bus service.”

    Um, we have a thing called Metro in that corridor. Now with two lines. Why the extra service?

    For a county and a subway that are incessantly crying poverty and threatening reductions, this is pure waste.

    • Why do you bother?

      Have you ridden on Metro lately? There’s a reason that ridership is way, way down. If I had a bus alternative I would definitely take it.

      • Greg

        Well, now you do.

  • SlugLines

    Any one interested in slugging from the Government Center? Drivers are looking for riders at https://www.facebook.com/groups/I66Sluglines/

    For pick up locations check https://sluglines.com/#slug_pickup

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