Fairfax Connector

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A Fairfax Connector New Flyer D40LFR at Pentagon City Station
Locale Fairfax County, Virginia
Service area 180 square miles
Service type bus service
Routes 69
Stops 4,061
Fleet 253 buses
Daily ridership 29,868
Fuel type Diesel
Operator MV Transportation
Website Fairfax Connector

Fairfax Connector is a public bus service provided by Fairfax County, Virginia, and operated under contract by MV Transportation.[1] 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. 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.[2] The fare for local routes for riders paying cash and SmarTrip is $1.75. Discounted transfers between local buses to and from Metrorail cost $1.10 and are available only to SmarTrip users. The fare for express Bus 495 (F, G, J, M) is $4.00 cash or $3.65 SmarTrip. The fare for express buses 394, 395 and 981 is $5.35. An express fare of $7.50 is charged on routes 595 and 597. There is no SmarTrip discount for express routes except for 495 buses.[3] A $5 round trip fare or $4.50 SmarTrip with rail to bus transfer is charged for the Wolf Trap shuttle 480 operated by the Connector. As of January 4, 2009, Fairfax Connector no longer issues or accepts paper transfers. Seniors and disabled persons ride on local and express buses 394, 395, 981 for $0.90 ($0.80 with SmarTrip), $2.00 ($1.80 with SmarTrip) on express buses 495 (F, G, J, M) and $7.50 on express buses 595 and 597 or free on all routes with a valid MetroAccess ID card.

Fleet roster[edit]

A New Flyer bus services the bus bays at the West Falls Church Metro station.

As of March 2014, the Fairfax Connector fleet roster consists of the following buses:

Order Year Builder Model Length (ft.) Fleet Series
(Qty.)
Engine/Transmission
1998 OBI 05.503 30 7903-7912
(10) NOTE: All units retired as of May 31, 2013.
DDS 50/Allison WB-400R6
1999 05.505 30 7913-7917
(5) NOTE: All units retired as of May 31, 2013.
2000 05.501 40 7782-7799, 7870-7890
(39) NOTE: All units retired as of May 31, 2013.
2001 05.505 30 7918-7927
(10)
2001-02 05.502 35 7891-7898
(8)
2007 NFI D40LFR 40 9700-9751
(52)
Cummins ISL/Allison B400R
2007 D35LFR 35 9752-9769
(18)
2009 D40LFR 40 9600-9612
(13)
2008 OBI 07.502
NG
30 9770-9795
(26)
2010 NFI D40LFR 40 9613-9644
(32)
2011–2013 XD40/XD35 40/35 9645-9675, 7700-7777 and 9677-9690
(30)
Cummins ISL9/Allison B400R
  • All buses in fleet are Diesel powered.

Bus routes[edit]

A typical Fairfax Connector bus stop sign

The Fairfax Connector bus system is split into three operational areas: North County, South County and West County. The following are the route numbers and names that make up the Fairfax Connector bus system.[4]

North County Routes Route Description
425 Tysons - Jones Branch Drive
427 Tysons - Greensboro Drive
480 Wolf Trap Express
505 Reston Town Center
551 Reston South - South Lakes Drive
552 Reston North - North Shore Drive
553 Reston South - Glade Drive - Viking and Pinecrest
554 Reston North - Wiehle Avenue
555 Sunset Hills Park and Ride - West Falls Church
557 Reston South - Soapstone Drive
574 Tysons Corner - Reston
585 Reston South Park and Ride
595 Pentagon Express
597 Crystal City Express
605 Fair Oaks - Reston
924 Herndon Parkway - Dranesville Road
926 Worldgate - Dranesville Road
927 Dulles Corner - McNair Farms
929 Centreville Road
950 Herndon - Reston
951 Sunrise Valley Drive
952 Sunset Hills Road
980 Herndon-Monroe Park and Ride
981 Tysons - Washington Dulles International Airport
RIBS1 Lake Anne - Hunters Woods
RIBS2 South Lakes Drive
RIBS3 Hunters Woods - Lake Anne
RIBS4 North Point
RIBS5 Herndon
South County Routes Route Description
101 Fort Hunt Road - Mount Vernon
109 Rose Hill
151 Woodlawn
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
304 Saratoga
305 Newington Forest - Silverbrook Road
306 GMU - Pentagon
310 Franconia Road - Rolling Valley
321 Springfield Counter-clockwise
322 Springfield Clockwise
333 Newington - DLA Counter-clockwise
334 Newington - DLA Clockwise
335 Fort Belvoir Eagle Express
371 Lorton - Franconia-Springfield Metro
372 Lorton - Alban Road
373 Lorton - Fullerton Road
394 Saratoga - Pentagon Express
395 Pentagon - Gambrill Road
401 Backlick - Gallows Road Northbound
402 Backlick - Gallows Road Southbound
495F Burke VRE to Tysons, Full Circulation
495G Burke VRE to Tysons, Greensboro Circulation
495J Burke VRE to Tysons, Jones Branch Circulation
495M Burke VRE to Tysons, McLean Circulation
West County Routes Route Description
462 Vienna - Park Street
463 Vienna - Navy Federal Credit Union
466 Vienna - Oakton
621 Penderbrook - Fairfax County Government Center
622 Penderbook - 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

Former bus routes[edit]

  • 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
  • 904 - Herndon-Monroe Park & Ride to Tysons Corner (discontinued in December 2001)
  • 905 - Reston Town Center to West Falls Church station (replaced by the 505 in December 2001)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fairfax Connector Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)". Fairfax County, Virginia. Retrieved 2010-12-13. 
  2. ^ "Smartrip Technology On Fairfax Connector Buses". Fairfax County Government. May 2, 2007. Retrieved 2010-12-13. 
  3. ^ "Fares and Transfers - Fairfax County, Virginia". Fairfax County, Virginia. January 7, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Fairfax Connector Route Schedules and Maps". County of Fairfax, Virginia. Retrieved 6 February 2013. 

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