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 suburbanReston 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 $1.25 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.
A Fairfax Connector Orion 5.505 on the 981 parked at Wiehle-Reston East. Wiehle–Reston East Station opened on July 26, 2014 and is currently the western terminus for the WMATA Silver Line. And some Orion V's are still active, but only the 30' and 35'
As of August 2015[update], the Fairfax Connector fleet roster consists of the following buses:
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)