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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|
Fairfax Connector is a public bus service provided by Fairfax County, Virginia, and operated under contract by MV Transportation. 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. 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. 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.
As of March 2014[update], the Fairfax Connector fleet roster consists of the following buses:
|Order Year||Builder||Model||Length (ft.)||Fleet Series
(10) NOTE: All units retired as of May 31, 2013.
|DDS 50/Allison WB-400R6|
(5) NOTE: All units retired as of May 31, 2013.
(39) NOTE: All units retired as of May 31, 2013.
|Cummins ISL/Allison B400R|
|2011–2013||XD40/XD35||40/35||9645-9675, 7700-7777 and 9677-9690
|Cummins ISL9/Allison B400R|
- All buses in fleet are Diesel powered.
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.
|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|
|597||Crystal City Express|
|605||Fair Oaks - Reston|
|924||Herndon Parkway - Dranesville Road|
|926||Worldgate - Dranesville Road|
|927||Dulles Corner - McNair Farms|
|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|
|South County Routes||Route Description|
|101||Fort Hunt Road - Mount Vernon|
|152||Groveton - Mount Vernon|
|161||Hybla Valley Counter-clockwise|
|162||Hybla Valley Clockwise|
|305||Newington Forest - Silverbrook Road|
|306||GMU - Pentagon|
|310||Franconia Road - Rolling Valley|
|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|
|631||Little Rocky Run|
|632||Westfields Boulevard - Walney Road|
|640||Stone Road - Westfields Boulevard|
|641||Centreville South - United Methodist Church Park and Ride|
|644||Centreville (Stone Road) Park and Ride|
|651||Chantilly - Brookfield|
|652||Chantilly - Franklin Farm|
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
- 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)
- "Fairfax Connector Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)". Fairfax County, Virginia. Retrieved 2010-12-13.
- "Smartrip Technology On Fairfax Connector Buses". Fairfax County Government. May 2, 2007. Retrieved 2010-12-13.
- "Fares and Transfers - Fairfax County, Virginia". Fairfax County, Virginia. January 7, 2013.
- "Fairfax Connector Route Schedules and Maps". County of Fairfax, Virginia. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
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