Fairfax Connector

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Fairfax Connector logo.svg
Fairfax Connector 2009 NF D40LFR.jpg
A Fairfax Connector New Flyer D40LFR at Van Dorn St Station
FoundedSeptember 1985[1][2]
LocaleFairfax County, Virginia, U.S.
Service area180 square miles[3]
Service typebus service
Routes99 (July 2021)
Stops4,061[3]
Fleet313
Daily ridership14,700 (weekdays, Q1 2022)[4]
Annual ridership4,851,200 (2021)[5]
Fuel typeDiesel, Diesel-electric Hybrid
OperatorTransdev
Websitefairfaxcounty.gov/connector

Fairfax Connector is a public bus service provided by Fairfax County, Virginia, United States, and is managed by the county government.[3][6] The bus system provides service within Fairfax County, and connects to Metrobus, Metrorail stations, Virginia Railway Express, and other local bus systems. Fairfax Connector serves all of Fairfax Metrorail Stations, the city of Alexandria, the city of Fairfax, the Washington Dulles International Airport, and the Pentagon Metrorail station during morning and evening peak periods.[2] In 2021, the system had a ridership of 4,851,200, or about 14,700 per weekday as of the first quarter of 2022.

Fairfax Connector, or simply "The Connector", is operated under contract by Transdev, and is the third largest bus fleet in the D.C. area.[7] The Connector provides a fixed-route bus service within Fairfax County on 93 routes and carries about nine million passengers annually. The Connector's goals is to supplement the regional rail and bus service provided by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), providing reliable local bus service, and to improves the safety of the community of Fairfax County.

History[edit]

A typical Fairfax Connector bus stop sign

1980s[edit]

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.[1] 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. It had 10 routes, and many routes serves through Huntington Station. These first 10 routes were previously served by Metrobus. In 1988, The Connector began to operate express routes, to connect to Pentagon station. It also expanded through the southeastern portion of Fairfax.[2]

1990s[edit]

In 1990, The Connector took over the operation of the RIBS (Reston Internal Bus Service). Service continues to provide through the southern portion of Alexandria, when Van Dorn Street station opened in 1991. 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 1999, the Herndon-Monroe Park & Ride and the Tysons Westpark Transit Station opened, extending its operation within the county.

2000s[edit]

After having many buses running on pure diesel, The Connector ordered buses that runs in Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel fuel in 2002. These bus upgrades can retrofitting the fleet with Green Diesel technology, so the county can go environmentally friendly. More bus stations continues to increase, with the opening of the Lorton Park-and-Ride in 2003, and the Gambrill Road Park-and-Ride in 2005. The Connector began installing the SmarTrip Fare Card technology, so that passengers can pay their fare using WMATA's SmarTrip. 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.

On July 1, 2009 MV Transportation took over from Veolia Transport as the operator.[8]

2010s[edit]

Major changes began in 2010, when the Reston East Park-and-Ride closed to make way for the Silver Line construction. After the Silver Line opened in 2014, The Connector modified its service, by providing three circulator routes within Tysons Corner, as well as new service to McLean. Many routes were modified, so The Connector can give access to its riders to transfer within the Silver Line and other portions within the County. On July 1, 2019 Transdev commenced a five year contract to operate the network with an option to extend for a further 10 years.[9] As previously mentioned, Transdev (then as Veolia Transport) had previously operated The Connector until July 1, 2009.

On December 5, 2019, Fairfax Connector worker went on a strike against Transdev affecting 30,000 riders with all routes operating on Sunday service.[10] The strike joins 130 employees at Metrobus's Cinder Bed garage who went on strike against Transdev on October 24, 2019.[11]

Fares[edit]

The base fares for the Connector are $2.00 on local routes; $4.25 on express routes 393, 394, 395, 396, 697, 698, 699 and 835; $0.50 on routes 350, 423, and 424; $5.00 (fare is round-trip) on Route 480; and $7.50 on Route 599.[12] Fares are paid in cash (exact change), or WMATA issued SmarTrip card.[13]

Routes[edit]

As of July 2021, the Fairfax Connector bus system consists of 99 routes. The following are the route numbers and names that make up the Fairfax Connector bus system.[14]

Route Name Termini (Western/Southern) Termini (Eastern/Northern) Service Notes
101 Fort Hunt Huntington station Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens
109 Rose Hill Huntington station Van Dorn Street station
151 Engleside – Mount Vernon Huntington station Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens
152 Groveton – Mount Vernon Huntington station Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens
159 Engleside Limited-Stop Huntington station Sacramento Dr & Richmond Hwy Weekday Peak Hour service only (AM to Huntington, PM to Sacramento Dr)
161 Hybla Valley Counter-Clockwise Huntington station Loop
162 Hybla Valley Clockwise Huntington station Loop
171 Richmond Highway Huntington station Lorton VRE Station
231 Kingstowne Counter-Clockwise Franconia–Springfield station Loop Weekday Peak Hour service only
232 Kingstowne Clockwise Franconia–Springfield station Loop Weekday Peak Hour service only
301 Telegraph Road Huntington Station Franconia–Springfield station Weekday Peak Hour service only
305 Newington Forest – Silverbrook Road Lorton VRE Station Franconia–Springfield station Weekday Peak Hour service only
306 GMU – Pentagon George Mason University Pentagon station Weekday Midday service only
308 Franconia-Springfield – Mt. Vernon Hospital Franconia–Springfield station Inova Mount Vernon Hospital No Sunday service Service started on March 30, 2019
310 Franconia Road – Rolling Valley Rolling Valley Park & Ride Huntington station
321 Springfield Counter-Clockwise Van Dorn Street station Operates as a Loop
322 Springfield Clockwise Van Dorn Street station Loop
334 DLA Circulator Franconia–Springfield station Loop Weekday service only
335 Fort Belvoir "The Eagle" Franconia–Springfield station Fort Belvoir Weekday Peak Hour service only
340 Patriot Ridge – Saratoga Franconia–Springfield station Fort Belvoir (North Area) Weekday Midday service only
341 Boston Boulevard – Saratoga Franconia–Springfield station Saratoga Park & Ride Weekday Peak Hour service only
350 Springfield Business Circulator (TAGS) Franconia–Springfield station Loop Weekday Service only
  • Began Service on January 4, 2021 replacing Metrobus TAGS routes.[15]
  • $0.50 on route 350, free fare during rush hours.
351 Weekday Peak Hour service only
  • Began Service on January 4, 2021.[15]
  • This route is free.
371 Lorton – Franconia-Springfield Metro Franconia–Springfield station Lorton Park & Ride Off-Peak Service only
372 Lorton – Alban Road Franconia–Springfield station Lorton Park & Ride Weekday Peak Hour service only
373 Lorton – Fullerton Road Franconia–Springfield station Laurel Crest Dr & Silverbrook Rd Weekday Peak Hour service only
393 Saratoga – Pentagon – Mark Center Saratoga Park & Ride Pentagon station Weekday Peak Hour service only (AM to Pentagon, PM to Saratoga) Express Route: $4.25 Fare
394 Saratoga – Pentagon Express Saratoga Shopping Center (Rolling Road)
Backlick North Park & Ride
Pentagon station Weekday Peak Hour service only (AM to Pentagon, PM to Backlick North) Express Route: $4.25 Fare
395 Gambrill – Pentagon Express Gambrill Park & Ride Pentagon station Weekday Peak Hour service only (AM to Pentagon, PM to Gambrill) Express Route: $4.25 Fare
396 Backlick – Pentagon Express Backlick North Park & Ride Pentagon station Weekday Peak Hour service only (AM to Pentagon, PM to Backlick North) Express Route: $4.25 Fare
401 Backlick – Gallows Northbound Franconia–Springfield station Tysons Westpark Transit Station
402 Backlick – Gallows Southbound Franconia–Springfield station Tysons Westpark Transit Station
423 Park Run – Westpark Tysons Corner Station Loop
424 Jones Branch Drive Tysons Corner Station Spring Hill Station No Sunday service This route operates on a loop
432 Old Courthouse – Beulah Spring Hill Station Loop Weekday Peak Hour service only
461 Flint Hill – Tapawingo – Vienna Vienna station Loop Weekday Peak Hour service only
462 Dunn Loring – Navy Federal – Tysons Dunn Loring station Tysons Corner station Weekday Peak Hour service only
463 Maple Avenue – Tysons Vienna station Tysons Corner station
466 Vienna – Oakton Vienna station Loop Weekday service only (AM service operates counter-clockwise, PM service operates clockwise)
467 Dunn Loring – Tysons Dunn Loring Tysons Corner station Off-Peak service only
  • Service started on March 30, 2019
  • Sunday Service began on January 4, 2021.[16]
480 Wolf Trap Express West Falls Church station Wolf Trap Filene Center This Route operates seasonally for Wolf Trap Filene Center events only Express Route: $5.00 Fare
494 Lorton – Springfield – Tysons Lorton VRE station Westpark Dr & Jones Branch Dr Weekday service only
495 Burke Centre VRE – Tysons Burke Centre VRE station Westpark Dr & Jones Branch Dr Weekday service only
505 Herndon – Reston Wiehle–Reston East station Reston Town Center Truncated from West Falls Church to Wiehle-Reston East in July 2014
507 Sunset Hills – Sunrise Valley Wiehle–Reston East station Loop Weekday Service only
551 South Lakes Wiehle–Reston East station Herndon-Monroe Park & Ride
552 Reston North: North Shore – Lake Fairfax Wiehle–Reston East station Lake Fairfax Dr & Baron Cameron Ave Weekday Peak Hour service only (AM from Lake Fairfax, PM from Wiehle-Reston)
553 Reston South: Viking – Pinecrest Wiehle–Reston East station Lawyers Rd & Viking Dr Weekday Peak Hour service only (AM from Lawyers Rd, PM from Wiehle-Reston)
554 Reston North: Wiehle Avenue – Center Harbor Wiehle–Reston East station Wiehle Ave & Center Harbor Rd Weekday Peak Hour service only (AM from Wiehle Avenue, PM from Wiehle-Reston)
556 Bennington Woods – Wiehle–Reston East Wiehle–Reston East station Reston Pkwy & Bennington Woods Rd Weekday Peak Hour service only (AM from Lake Newport Rd, PM from Wiehle-Reston)
557 Reston South: Soapstone Wiehle–Reston East station Reston South Park & Ride Weekday Peak Hour service only (AM to Reston South Park & Ride, PM from Wiehle-Reston)
558 Reston North: Center Harbor – Lake Fairfax Wiehle–Reston East station Loop Off-Peak service only
559 Reston South: Glade – Soapstone Wiehle–Reston East station Loop Off-Peak service only
574 Reston – Tysons Reston Town Center Transit Station Tysons Westpark Transit Station
585 Reston South – Franklin Farm Wiehle–Reston East station Franklin Farm Road & Centreville Rd Weekday service only (AM to Wiehle–Reston East, PM to Franklin Farm)
599 Pentagon – Crystal City Express Reston North Park & Ride 23rd Street S & Crystal Dr (AM)
Crystal City station (PM)
Weekday Peak Hour service only (AM service to Crystal City, PM service to Reston) Express Route: $7.50 Fare
605 Fair Oaks – Reston Reston Town Center Transit Station Fair Oaks Mall
621 Penderbrook – Fairfax Co. Government Center Vienna station Fairfax Govt. Center Park & Ride Weekday Off-Peak service only This route operates as a loop
622 Penderbrook – Fair Ridge Vienna station Fairfax Towne Center Weekday Peak Hour service only (AM counter-clockwise loop, PM clockwise loop) This route operates as a loop
623 Fairfax County Government Center Vienna station Fairfax Govt. Center Park & Ride Weekday Peak Hour service only (AM counter-clockwise loop, PM clockwise loop) This route operates as a loop
624 Stringfellow Road – Fair Lakes Vienna station Stringfellow Road Park & Ride Weekday Peak Hour service only (AM to Stringfellow Road, PM to Vienna)
630 Centreville South Vienna station Centreville UMC Park & Ride Off-Peak service only
631 Little Rocky Run Vienna station Little Rocky Run (Braddock Rd) Weekday Peak Hour service only (AM to Vienna, PM to Little Rocky Run)
632 Westfields Boulevard – Walney Road Vienna station Park Meadow Dr & Newbrook Dr Weekday Peak Hour service only
634 Stringfellow Road – Fair Lakes Vienna station Stringfellow Road Park & Ride Weekday Peak Hour service only (AM service to Vienna, PM service to Stringfellow Road)
640 Stone Road – Westfields Boulevard Vienna station Centreville (Stone Rd) Park & Ride Off-Peak service only
641 Centreville South – United Methodist Church Park & Ride Vienna station Centreville UMC Park & Ride Weekday Peak Hour service only
642 Sully Station Vienna station Sully Station (Govt. Center) Park & Ride Weekday Peak Hour service only
644 Centreville (Stone Road) Park & Ride Vienna station Centreville (Stone Rd) Park & Ride Weekday Peak Hour service only (AM service to Vienna, PM service to Centreville)
650 Chantilly Vienna station Avion Pkwy & Stonecroft Blvd Off-Peak service only
651 Chantilly – Brookfield Vienna station Lee Rd & Lee Jackson Hwy Weekday Peak Hour service only
652 Chantilly – Franklin Farm Vienna station Avion Parkway & Stonecroft Blvd Weekday Peak Hour service only
697 Stringfellow Road – D St. SW D.C. Stringfellow Road Park & Ride D Street SW, Washington, D.C. Weekday Peak Hour service only (AM to D.C., PM to Stringfellow Park & Ride) Introduced on August 31, 2020[17]
698 Vienna – Pentagon Vienna station Pentagon station Weekday Peak Hour service only (AM to Pentagon, PM to Vienna) Service started on January 19, 2019
699 Government Center – Downtown D.C. Fairfax Govt. Center Park & Ride Downtown Washington D.C. Weekday Peak Hour service only Express Route: $4.25 Fare
703 Pimmit Hills West Falls Church station McLean station No Sunday service Replaced Metrobus Route 3T on July 10, 2021[18]
715 Pimmit Hills East Falls Church station Langley Weekday Peak Hour service only Replaced Metrobus Route 15K on July 10, 2021[18]
721 Chain Bridge Road – McLean McLean station (weekday peak)
Tysons Corner Center (off-peak & weekends)
Beverly Dr & Old McLean Village Dr
722 McLean – Langley McLean station Weekday Peak Hour service only
724 Lewinsville Road McLean station (Colshire Dr) Tysons Westpark Transit Station Weekday Peak Hour service only
803 Annandale Road East Falls Church station (weekdays)
Seven Corners (weekends)
Annandale (Patriot & Americana Drives) Replaced Metrobus Route 3A on July 10, 2021[18]
834 Annandale–Pentagon Pentagon station NVCC-Annandale Weekday Peak Hour service only (AM from Pentagon, PM from NVCC-Annandale) Replaced Metrobus Route 29C on July 10, 2021[18]
835 Weekday Peak Hour service only (AM from Annandale, PM from Pentagon) Replaced Metrobus Route 29W on July 10, 2021[18]
Express Route: $4.25 Fare
924 Herndon – Dranesville Road Wiehle–Reston East station Dranesville Road & Leesburg Pike Weekday Peak Hour service only (AM service to Wiehle–Reston East, PM service to Dranesville Road)
926 Worldgate – Dranesville Road Wiehle–Reston East station Dranesville Road & Leesburg Pike Weekday Peak Hour service only (AM service to Dranesville Road, PM service to Wiehle–Reston East)
927 Dulles – McNair Farms Herndon-Monroe Park & Ride Loop Weekday service only (AM service operates counter-clockwise, PM service operates clockwise)
929 Centreville Road Wiehle–Reston East station Loop Weekday Peak Hour service only
937 Coppermine – Elden Herndon-Monroe Park & Ride Herndon Harbor House
950 Herndon – Reston Reston Town Center Transit Station Wiehle–Reston East station Truncated from West Falls Church to Wiehle-Reston East in 2014
951 Sunrise Valley Herndon-Monroe Park & Ride Wiehle–Reston East station Weekday service only Operates via Sunrise Valley Drive
952 Sunset Hills Herndon-Monroe Park & Ride Wiehle–Reston East station Weekday service only Operates via Sunset Hill Road
980 Herndon-Monroe Herndon-Monroe Park & Ride Wiehle–Reston East station Weekday Peak Hour service only (AM service to Wiehle–Reston East, PM service to Herndon-Monroe)
981 Dulles Airport – Wiehle Washington Dulles International Airport Wiehle–Reston East station Operates when Udvar Space Museum is closed[19]
983 Dulles Airport – Udvar-Hazy – Wiehle Udvar-Hazy Air & Space Museum Wiehle–Reston East station Operates when Udvar Space Museum is open (9:00 am – 7:30 pm only) [19]
985 Dulles Corner – Wall Road Wall Rd & Air and Space Museum Pkwy Wiehle–Reston East station Weekday service only
RIBS1 Lake Anne – Hunters Woods Reston Town Center Transit Station Loop Clockwise
RIBS2 South Lakes Drive Reston Town Center Transit Station
RIBS3 Hunters Woods – Lake Anne Reston Town Center Transit Station Loop Counter–clockwise
RIBS4 North Point Reston Town Center Transit Station
RIBS5 Herndon Reston Town Center Transit Station

Former routes[edit]

These routes have been served by Fairfax Connector at one point but have since been discontinued due to either low ridership, duplication of another route, simplification to other routes, or combined into another route. However some routes would be reincarnated into new routes for Fairfax Connector.

Route Name Termini (Western/Southern) Termini (Eastern/Northern) Notes
5S Reston-Herndon West Falls Church station Discontinued in July 1999
102 Fort Hunt Huntington Station Richmond Hwy &
Mt. Vernon Memorial Hwy
Discontinued on September 26, 2004
AM service to Huntington, PM service to Mount Vernon
103 Belle View Discontinued on September 26, 2004
105 Richmond Highway Huntington Station All routes Discontinued on September 26, 2004.
Replaced by Route 171.
106 Richmond Highway Huntington Station
107 Richmond Highway Huntington Station
108 Telegraph Road Discontinued on September 26, 2004
109 Old Keene Mill – Franconia Road Huntington station Franconia–Springfield station Discontinued on September 26, 2004
110 Old Keene Mill – Franconia Road King Street–Old Town station
Huntington station (Sunday)
Rolling Valley Park & Ride Discontinued on September 26, 2004
123 Franconia Road Huntington station Franconia–Springfield station Discontinued on October 15, 2006.
151 Richmond Highway Circulator Huntington station Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens Counter–clockwise loop. Discontinued on August 1, 2010.
152 Richmond Highway Circulator Huntington station Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens Clockwise loop. Discontinued on August 1, 2010.
202 Beulah Street Discontinued on September 26, 2004
203 Kingstowne Village Franconia–Springfield station Van Dorn Street station Discontinued on September 26, 2004
204 Springfield – Van Dorn Franconia–Springfield station Van Dorn Street station Discontinued on September 26, 2004
301 Hayfield – Kingstowne Franconia–Springfield station Leaf Rd Discontinued on September 26, 2004
303 Island Creek Franconia–Springfield station Mount Air Dr & Telegraph Rd Discontinued on June 28, 2009.
304 Saratoga Franconia–Springfield station Rolling Rd & Northumberland Rd Discontinued on January 14, 2013
307 Laurel Hill/Lorton Laurel Crest Dr & Silverbrook Rd Sheffield Garden Discontinued on September 3, 2011.
311 Hayfield – Kingstowne Franconia–Springfield station Telegraph Road & Hayfield Road Discontinued on September 26, 2004
331 I-95 Circulator Franconia–Springfield station Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Counter–clockwise loop. Discontinued on September 3, 2011.
332 I-95 Circulator Franconia–Springfield station Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Clockwise loop. Discontinued on September 3, 2011.
333 Newington – DLA Circulator Franconia–Springfield station Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Counter–clockwise loop. Discontinued on October 15, 2012
333 Patriot Ridge – Saratoga Franconia–Springfield station Saratoga Park & Ride Discontinued on September 30, 2017
334 Newington – DLA Circulator Franconia–Springfield station Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Clockwise loop.
380 Franconia-Springfield – Pentagon Express Franconia–Springfield station Pentagon station Route renumbered 380D in 2009, discontinued on September 6, 2011
383 Lorton Discontinued on September 26, 2004
384 Saratoga Discontinued on September 26, 2004
385 Newington Forest Discontinued on September 26, 2004
402 Vienna – Merrifield – Dunn Loring Vienna station Old Lee Highway & Hilltop Road Discontinued on June 28, 2009.
403 Vienna – Merrifield – Dunn Loring Vienna station Old Lee Highway & Hilltop Road Discontinued on June 28, 2009.
404 Rosslyn – Langley – GMU Rosslyn station George Mason University
422 Boone Boulevard – Towers Crescent Tysons Corner station Loop Discontinued on July 10, 2021[18]
425 Tysons – Jones Branch Drive Tysons Westpark Transit Station West Falls Church station Discontinued in July 2014
427 Tysons – Greensboro Drive Tysons Westpark Transit Station West Falls Church station Discontinued in July 2014
493 Lorton – Tysons Express Lorton VRE station Tysons Westpark Transit Station Discontinued in May 2015.
493F Lorton – Tysons Express Circulator Lorton VRE station Tysons Westpark Transit Station Discontinued in July 2014
493G Lorton – Tysons Express Circulator Lorton VRE station Tysons Westpark Transit Station Discontinued in July 2014
493J Lorton – Tysons Express Circulator Lorton VRE station Tysons Westpark Transit Station Discontinued in July 2014
493M Lorton – Tysons Express Circulator Lorton VRE station Tysons Westpark Transit Station Discontinued in July 2014
494F Springfield – Tysons Express Circulator Franconia–Springfield station Tysons Westpark Transit Station Discontinued in July 2014
494G Springfield – Tysons Express Circulator Franconia–Springfield station Tysons Westpark Transit Station Discontinued in July 2014
494J Springfield – Tysons Express Circulator Franconia–Springfield station Tysons Westpark Transit Station Discontinued in July 2014
494M Springfield – Tysons Express Circulator Franconia–Springfield station Tysons Westpark Transit Station Discontinued in July 2014
495F Burke VRE – Tysons Express Circulator Burke Centre VRE Station Tysons Westpark Transit Station Discontinued in July 2014
495G Burke VRE – Tysons Express Circulator Burke Centre VRE Station Tysons Westpark Transit Station Discontinued in July 2014
495J Burke VRE – Tysons Express Circulator Burke Centre VRE Station Tysons Westpark Transit Station Discontinued in July 2014
495M Burke VRE – Tysons Express Circulator Burke Centre VRE Station Tysons Westpark Transit Station Discontinued in July 2014
504 Tysons Corner – Reston Town Center Tysons Westpark Transit Station Reston Town Center Transit Station Discontinued on October 1, 2006
555 Sunset Hills Park & Ride – West Falls Church Sunset Hills Park & Ride West Falls Church station Discontinued in July 2014
556 Reston Town Center Reston Town Center Transit Station West Falls Church station AM Service to West Falls Church, PM Service to Reston Town Center
Discontinued on June 28, 2009.
595 Pentagon Express Reston North Park & Ride Pentagon station AM Service to Pentagon Station, PM Service to Reston via Pentagon City
Discontinued in July 2014.
597 Crystal City Express Reston North Park & Ride Crystal City station (AM)
15th Street S & S Eads Street (PM)
AM service to Crystal City, PM service to Reston
Discontinued in July 2014.
734 McLean – West Falls Church McLean station West Falls Church station Discontinued in June 2016
904 Herndon-Monroe Park & Ride Tysons Corner Discontinued in December 2001.
905 Reston Town Center West Falls Church station Discontinued in December 2001.
922 Herndon Herndon-Monroe Park & Ride Sterling Blvd & Centreville Rd Discontinued on June 28, 2009.
928 Herndon Parkway – Elden Herndon-Monroe Park & Ride Dranesville Rd & Herndon Pkwy Discontinued in May 2015
989 Pentagon – Crystal City Reston East Park & Ride
(Wiehle Ave)
23rd Street S & Crystal Drive (AM)
Crystal City station (PM)
AM service to Crystal City, PM service to Reston East & Wiehle Avenue
Discontinued on October 1, 2006.

Fleet[edit]

Fairfax Connector operates a fleet consisting of diesel and hybrid buses produced by Orion Bus Industries and New Flyer. As of July 2021, the Fairfax Connector fleet roster consists of the following buses:[2]

Image Builder and
model
Model year Length Numbers
(Total)
Vehicles
in service
Fuel type Notes
Fairfax Connector NF D40LFR.jpg New Flyer
Low Floor Restyled D40LFR
2007 40 ft (12 m) 9700-9751
(52 buses)
30
retiring
Diesel
New Flyer
Low Floor Restyled D35LFR
35 ft (11 m) 9754-9769
(16 buses)
13
retiring
Fairfax Connector Orion VII NG.jpg DaimlerChrysler
North America

Orion VII
Next Generation
2008 30 ft (9.1 m) 9770-9795
(26 buses)
26
Fairfax Connector 2010 New Flyer D40LFR 9619 at Van Dorn Street.jpg New Flyer
Low Floor Restyled D40LFR
2009–10 40 ft (12 m) 9600-9644
(45 buses)
44
  • 9617 is retired following a collision and fire.[20][21]
Fairfax Connector New Flyer LFA 6584.jpg New Flyer
Low Floor Advanced DE42LFA
2010 42 ft (13 m) 6568, 6577, 6584, 6585, 6591, 6609
(6 buses)
6 Hybrid
  • Ex-WMATA buses, acquired in 2021.
  • Used on Route 396.
Fairfax Connector 2015 NF Xcelsior XD40.jpg New Flyer
Xcelsior XD40
2011–15[22] 40 ft (12 m) 7701-7753, 7755-7777, 7795-7799, 9645-9675
(112 buses)
112 Diesel
  • 7701-7737 and 9645-9675 are 2011 models
  • 7738-7753 and 7755-7758 are 2012 models
  • 7759-7777 are 2013 models
  • 7795-7799 are 2015 models
WMATA Orion VII 3G HEV in TAGS Scheme.jpg Daimler Commercial Buses
Orion VII
EPA10 BRT
2012 30 ft (9.1 m) 3082–3087
(6 buses)
6 Hybrid
  • Ex-WMATA buses, acquired in 2021.
  • Used on Routes 350 and 351.
Fairfax Connector NF Xcelsior XD35.jpg New Flyer
Xcelsior XD35
2012–15 35 ft (11 m) 7778-7794, 7800-7811, 9676-9690
(44 buses)
44 Diesel
  • 9676-9690 are 2012 models
  • 7778-7794 are 2014 models
  • 7800-7811 are 2015 models
Fairfax Connector 2017 New Flyer XD40 1736.jpg New Flyer
Xcelsior XD40
2017 40 ft (12 m) 1730–1739
(10 buses)
10
  • Ex-NCSU Wolfline buses, acquired in October 2021.
  • Buses retained the Wolfline paint scheme, but have Fairfax Connector logos applied
  • Used on Routes 393 and 494
Fairfax Connector 2018 NF Xcelsior XD35.jpg New Flyer
Xcelsior XD35
2018 35 ft (11 m) 7816-7825
(10 buses)
10
Fairfax Connector NF Xcelsior XD40.jpg New Flyer
Xcelsior XD40
2018–21 40 ft (12 m) 7812-7815, 7826-7868
(47 buses)
47
  • 7812-7815 are 2018 models
  • 7826-7829 are 2019 models
  • 7830-7840 are 2020 models
  • 7841-7868 are 2021 models

On Order[edit]

Builder and model Length Year Fleet number Fuel type Notes
New Flyer
Xcelsior CHARGE XE40[23]
40 ft (12 m) 2022–2023 TBA
(12 buses)
Battery electric

Retired Fleet[edit]

Year Builder and model Numbers
(preserved numbers)
Year Retired Picture Notes
1985 Bus Industries of America
Orion I (01.507)
7700-7732 2007 Fairfax Connector bus 7718 (50085961132).png
1988 7733-7739
Bus Industries of America
Orion I (01.502)
7800-7809
1988–89 Transportation Manufacturing Corporation
RTS-06 (T80-206)
7941L-7952L
1989–90 Transportation Manufacturing Corporation
RTS-06 (T70-606)
7953L-7954L
1989–91 Bus Industries of America
Orion I (01.507)
7740-7761
1994 Transportation Manufacturing Corporation
RTS-06 (T80-206)
7810-7854 2011–2013
1997 Orion Bus Industries
Orion V (05.501)
8033-8066
1998 Orion Bus Industries
Orion V (05.505)
7903-7912 2010–2011
Orion Bus Industries
Orion V (05.501)
7762-7781
1999 7855-7869 2011
Orion Bus Industries
Orion V (05.505)
7913-7917
2000 Orion Bus Industries
Orion V (05.501)
7782-7799, 7870-7890 2012–2014 Fairfax Connector.jpg
2002 DaimlerChrysler Commercial Buses
Orion V (05.504)
7891-7898 2016
DaimlerChrysler Commercial Buses
Orion V (05.505)
7918-7927 2016–2017 A Fairfax Connector 2002 Orion 5.505 at Wiehle-Reston East.jpg
2003 Champion
Cutaways
7928-7930 2010
2006 ElDorado National
Aero Elites
7931-7940 2012

Divisions[edit]

The bus fleet, owned and operated by Fairfax Connector, is distributed among three garages in Newington, and Reston.

Division name Location Capacity Routes Buses Notes
Huntington 6900 Newington Rd, Lorton, VA 22079 100 101, 109, 151, 152, 159, 161, 162, 171, 231, 232, 301, 305, 308, 321, 322, 334, 335, 340, 341, 350, 351, 371, 372, 373, 393, 394, 401, 402
Weekends Only: 310

3082-3087, 7705-7706, 7710, 7712, 7717, 7739-7742, 7744-7749, 7755-7758, 7761-7763, 7768-7770, 7774-7776, 7781, 7800-7803, 7806-7807, 7809-7810, 7827-7829, 7832-7835, 9604, 9606-9616, 9618-9639, 9644-9648, 9650-9656, 9662, 9665-9668, 9670, 9700, 9717, 9735, 9740, 9746-9748

  • South County Routes
Reston-Herndon Division 268 Spring Street, Herndon, VA 20170 104 423, 424, 480, 505, 507, 551, 552, 553, 554, 556, 557, 558, 559, 574, 559, 721, 722, 924, 926, 927, 929, 937, 950, 951, 952, 980, 981, 983
Weekends Only: 463, 467, 605, 630, 640, 650, 703, 803

7760, 7766-7767, 7778, 7780, 7782-7794, 7803-7805, 7808, 7816-7825, 7830-7831, 9642-9643, 9657-9661, 9671, 9675-9690, 9708-9711, 9736-9739, 9745, 9754-9769, 9775-9795

  • North and West County Routes
West Ox 4970 Alliance Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030 124 Weekdays Only: 306, 310, 395, 396, 432, 461, 462, 463, 466, 467, 494, 495, 585, 605, 621, 622, 623, 624, 630, 631, 632, 634, 640, 641, 642, 644, 650, 651, 652, 697, 698, 699, 703, 715, 803, 834, 835, 985

1730–1739, 6568, 6577, 6584, 6585, 6591, 6609, 7701-7704, 7707-7709, 7711, 7713-7716, 7718-7738, 7743, 7750-7753, 7759, 7764-7765, 7771-7773, 7777, 7779, 7795-7799, 7811-7815, 7826, 7836-7840, 9600-9603, 9605, 9641, 9649, 9663, 9664, 9669, 9672-9674, 9701, 9703-9704, 9706-9707, 9713, 9722-9726, 9729, 9733, 9744, 9770-9774

  • West County Routes

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