Fairfax Connector Article

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A Fairfax Connector New Flyer D40LFR at Pentagon City Station
Locale Fairfax County, Virginia, U.S.
Service area180 square miles [1]
Service type bus service
Routes85
Stops4,061 [1]
Fleet
Daily ridership30,500 (Q2 2016) [2]
Annual ridership9,348,500 (2015) [3]
Fuel typeDiesel
Operator MV Transportation [1]
Website Fairfax Connector

Fairfax Connector is a public bus service provided by Fairfax County, Virginia, United States, and operated under contract by MV Transportation. [1] [4] [5] The first buses rolled out in September 1985 as a lower-cost alternative to the Metrobus service of the regional Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. [6] The original routes connected the southern part of the county (near the Mount Vernon Estate) to the Huntington Metro station which borders Alexandria. This area continues to be the core of the system, and is noted for the number of residents in the Richmond Highway area who use the service at all times of the day.

Fairfax Connector, or simply "The Connector", has since expanded to 50-odd routes spanning much of the county. In 1994, the service was extended to the high-technology industrial areas of suburban Reston and Herndon, located between Washington, D.C. and Washington Dulles International Airport. Along State Route 267 (the Dulles Toll Road), express buses carry commuters from free park-and-ride lots to the Washington Metro system. In June 2009, service was transitioned from the Metrobus 2W, 12-, and 20-series routes to the Connector in the Centreville, Chantilly, and Oakton areas along I-66 and near Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Station.

Fares are paid in cash (exact change), Metrobus weekly unlimited bus "flash" pass, or WMATA issued SmarTrip card. [7]

Bus routes

A typical Fairfax Connector bus stop sign

As of December 2017, the Fairfax Connector bus system consists of 86 routes. The following are the route numbers and names that make up the Fairfax Connector bus system. [8]

Routes Route Description
101 Fort Hunt
109 Rose Hill
151 Engleside – Mount Vernon
152 Groveton – Mount Vernon
159 Engleside Limited-Stop
161 Hybla Valley Counter-clockwise
162 Hybla Valley Clockwise
171 Richmond Highway
231 Kingstowne Counter-clockwise
232 Kingstowne Clockwise
301 Telegraph Road
305 Newington Forest – Silverbrook Road
306 GMU – Pentagon
310 Franconia Road – Rolling Valley
321 Springfield Counter-clockwise
322 Springfield Clockwise
333 Patriot Ridge – Saratoga
334 DLA Circulator
335 Fort Belvoir "Eagle Express"
371 Lorton – Franconia-Springfield Metro
372 Lorton – Alban Road
373 Lorton – Fullerton Road
394 Saratoga – Pentagon Express
395 Gambrill – Pentagon Express
401 Backlick – Gallows Northbound
402 Backlick – Gallows Southbound
422 South Tysons – Greensboro Metro
423 Central Tysons – Tysons Corner Metro
424 North Tysons – Spring Hill Metro
432 Old Courthouse – Beulah
461 Flint Hill – Tapawingo – Vienna
462 Dunn Loring – Navy Federal – Tysons
463 Maple Avenue – Tysons
466 Vienna – Oakton
480 Wolf Trap Express
493 Lorton – Tysons
494 Springfield – Tysons
495 Burke Centre VRE – Tysons
505 Reston Town Center
507 Sunset Hills – Sunrise Valley
551 Herndon-Monroe – Glade – South Lakes
552 North Shore – Lake Fairfax
553 Reston South – Viking – Pinecrest
554 Wiehle Avenue – Center Harbor
557 Reston South – Soapstone
558 Center Harbor – Lake Fairfax
559 Reston South – Glade – Soapstone
574 Reston Town Center – Tysons
585 Reston South – Franklin Farm
599 Pentagon – Crystal City Express
605 Fair Oaks – Reston
621 Penderbrook – Fairfax County Government Center
622 Penderbrook – Fair Ridge
623 Fairfax County Government Center
630 Centreville South
631 Little Rocky Run
632 Westfields Boulevard – Walney Road
640 Stone Road – Westfields Boulevard
641 Centreville South – United Methodist Church Park and Ride
642 Sully Station
644 Centreville (Stone Road) Park and Ride
650 Chantilly
651 Chantilly – Brookfield
652 Chantilly – Franklin Farm
699 I-66 Express
721 Chain Bridge Road – McLean
724 Lewinsville Road
734 McLean – West Falls Church
924 Herndon Parkway – Dranesville Road
926 Worldgate – Dranesville Road
927 Dulles Corner – McNair Farms
928 Herndon Parkway – Elden
929 Centreville Road – McNair Farms
937 Coppermine – Elden
950 Herndon – Reston Town Center – Wiehle
951 Sunrise Valley
952 Sunset Hills
980 Herndon-Monroe – Wiehle
981 Washington Dulles International Airport – Wiehle
983 Washington Dulles International Airport – Udvar-Hazy – Wiehle
985 Washington Dulles International Airport – Wall Road
RIBS1 Lake Anne – Hunters Woods
RIBS2 South Lakes Drive
RIBS3 Hunters Woods – Lake Anne
RIBS4 North Point
RIBS5 Herndon

Former bus routes

  • 5S – Reston-Herndon to West Falls Church station (discontinued in July 1999), was part of the Herndon-West Falls Church Line as a Metrobus route until it was transferred to the Fairfax Connector in 1994
  • 304 – Saratoga (replaced by the 333)
  • 425 – Tysons to Jones Branch (discontinued in July 2014 when the Metro Silver Line opened)
  • 427 – Tysons to Greensboro Drive (discontinued in July 2014 when the Metro Silver Line opened)
  • 495F – Burke VRE to Tysons, Full Circulation (replaced by the 495 in July 2014 when the Metro Silver Line opened)
  • 495G – Burke VRE to Tysons, Greensboro Circulation (replaced by the 495 in July 2014 when the Metro Silver Line opened)
  • 495J – Burke VRE to Tysons, Jones Branch Circulation (replaced by the 495 in July 2014 when the Metro Silver Line opened)
  • 495M – Burke VRE to Tysons, McLean Circulation (replaced by the 495 in July 2014 when the Metro Silver Line opened)
  • 555 – Sunset Hills Park & Ride to West Falls Church (discontinued in July 2014 when the Metro Silver Line opened and the Sunset Hills Park & Ride closed)
  • 595 – Pentagon Express (replaced by the 599 in July 2014)
  • 597 – Crystal City Express (replaced by the 599 in July 2014)
  • 904 – Herndon-Monroe Park & Ride to Tysons Corner (discontinued in December 2001; replaced by the 574 between Reston Town Center & Tysons Corner and by the 950 between Herndon-Monroe & West Falls Church station; in July 2014, 574 was truncated to Spring Hill station and the 950 was truncated to Wiehle-Reston East station)
  • 905 – Reston Town Center to West Falls Church station (replaced by the 505 in December 2001; 505 was truncated to Wiehle-Reston East station in July 2014)

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Fairfax Connector Facts at a Glance". Archived from the original on 2015-09-01. Retrieved March 22, 2015.
  2. ^ "Transit Ridership Report Second Quarter 2016" (pdf). American Public Transportation Association. August 22, 2016. Retrieved 2016-11-14 – via http://www.apta.com/resources/statistics/Pages/ridershipreport.aspx.
  3. ^ "Transit Ridership Report Fourth Quarter 2015" (pdf). American Public Transportation Association. March 2, 2016. Retrieved 2016-03-19 – via http://www.apta.com/resources/statistics/Pages/ridershipreport.aspx.
  4. ^ "Fairfax Connector Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)". Fairfax County, Virginia. Retrieved December 13, 2010.
  5. ^ "Fairfax County to sign $200M Connector bus service contract". Retrieved 2018-10-22.
  6. ^ Lynton, Stephen J. (1985-09-27). "Fairfax Bus Service to Begin". The Washington Post. ISSN  0190-8286. Retrieved 2015-12-11.
  7. ^ "Smartrip Technology On Fairfax Connector Buses". Fairfax County Government. May 2, 2007. Archived from the original on 2013-12-30. Retrieved December 13, 2010.
  8. ^ "Fairfax Connector Route Schedules and Maps". County of Fairfax, Virginia. Retrieved February 6, 2013.

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