Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission

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Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission
Logo of the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission.png
Headquarters14700 Potomac Mills Road, Woodbridge, Virginia, U.S.
Service typeBus service
Routes13
Fleet168 buses
Daily ridership11,400 (2015)[1]
Annual ridership2,904,800 (2015)[1]
Fuel typeDiesel
Websitewww.PRTCTransit.org
A PRTC OmniRide bus in Arlington, Virginia operating the Lake Ridge express route.

Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC) is an American public transportation system in Prince William County, Virginia, Stafford County, Virginia, and Spotsylvania County, Virginia, plus two adjacent independent cities, Manassas and Manassas Park. Services provided by PRTC include OmniRide, OmniRide Local, and OmniRide Ridesharing Service operating in Prince William County, Manassas, Manassas Park, and Stafford County. Spotsylvania County's membership is solely based on a membership requirement due to the VRE operations in the county and the state aid that comes with the VRE.

Organization[edit]

The Commission was established in 1986. It consists of representatives from each local jurisdiction, the Chairman of the Commonwealth Transportation Board and two members of the House of Delegates and one member of the Senate from the related legislative districts.[2] Together with the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission PRTC operates the Virginia Railway Express. By 1986, it became apparent that the jurisdictions outside of NVTC could not reach agreement on how to support VRE by joining NVTC so PRTC was created. Legislation established a 2% motor fuels tax to support VRE expenses and other transportation investments.

PRTC operates a carpooling and vanpooling project called "OmniRide Ridesharing Service" (formerly "OmniMatch").[3] PRTC participates in the SmarTrip rechargeable fare card program with other public transportation agencies.[4]

Fleet[edit]

The PRTC bus fleet consists of the following models (As of July 2019):

OmniRide[edit]

Year Builder Model Powertrain
(Engine/Transmission)
Fleet Number
(Quantity)
Length (ft.) Fuel Propulsion Notes
2002-2005 MCI D4500 300-360
(61)
45 Diesel
  • Many units are now in storage, some units retired
  • 327, 328, and 336 were sold to DASH
2007-2008 MCI D4500CL
  • Cummins ISM
    • Allison B500R
361-383
(23)
45
2010 Gillig Advantage
  • Cummins ISL
    • Allison B400R
189
(1)
40
2011 MCI D4500CT
  • Cummins ISX11.9
    • Allison B500R
384-387
(4)
45
2012 Gillig Advantage
  • Cummins ISL9
    • Allison B400R
190-199, 1000-1002
(13)
40
2012 MCI D4500CT
  • Cummins ISX12
    • Allison B500R
388-392
(5)
45
2014
  • Cummins ISX12
    • Allison B500R
393
(1)
45
2016 Gillig Advantage
  • Cummins ISL9
    • Allison B400R
1003-1009
(7)
40
2017 MCI D4500CT
  • Cummins ISX12
    • Allison B500R
394-398
(5)
45
2018-2019
  • Cummins X12
    • Allison B500R
3000-3036
(37)
45
2019 Gillig Low Floor BRT
  • Cummins L9
    • Allison B400R
1010-1012
(3)
40

OmniRide Local (formerly OmniLink)[edit]

Year Builder Model Powertrain
(Engine/Transmission)
Fleet Number
(Quantity)
Length (ft.) Fuel Propulsion Notes
2005 Gillig Advantage 262, 267-270
(5)
29 Diesel Used rushhours only
2010 Low Floor
  • Cummins ISL9
    • Allison B400R
272
(1)
29
2013
  • Cummins ISL9
    • Allison B400R
273-288
(16)
29
2016
  • Cummins ISL9
    • Allison B400R
289-294
(6)
29

Fares[edit]

As of August 1, 2019 fares are:[5]

Regular Fares[edit]

OmniRide Metro Express (formerly OnmiRide Metro Direct)[edit]

$3.60 (using cash); $2.90 (using SmarTrip)

OmniRide Express (between Northern Virginia and Washington, DC)[edit]

$9.20 (using cash); $6.90 (using SmarTrip)

OmniRide Cross County Connector[edit]

$1.30 (using cash or SmarTrip); $2.50 (Day Pass, SmarTrip Only)

OmniRide Local[edit]

$1.30 (using cash or SmarTrip); $2.50 (Day Pass, SmarTrip Only); $1 off-route surcharge

Routes[edit]

Local[edit]

  • L1 Dale City
  • L2 Dumfries
  • L3 Manassas
  • L4 Manassas Park
  • L5 Woodbridge/Lake Ridge
  • L6 Route 1
  • Cross County Connector

Metro Express (formerly Metro Direct)[edit]

  • Linton Hall Metro Express: This route operates between Gainesville and the Tysons Corner Metro Station. Service began in late 2004. Service to Tysons Corner began July 2014.
  • Manassas Metro Express: This route operates between the City of Manassas and the Tysons Corner Metro Station. Service to Tysons Corner began July 2014.
  • Prince William Metro Express: This route operates between Woodbridge and the Franconia–Springfield Metro Station (now with Saturday service).

Express[edit]

  • R1 Dale City: This route operates between Dale City, Pentagon/Rosslyn/Ballston and); between Dale City and Downtown Washington; between Dale City and Washington Navy Yard; and between Dale City and Mark Center.
  • R2 Lake Ridge: This route operates Lake Ridge, Pentagon and Crystal City; between Lake Ridge and Downtown Washington; between Lake Ridge and Mark Center.
  • R3 Manassas: This route operates between Manassas, Pentagon and Downtown Washington, with connections to Crystal City.
  • R4 Montclair: This route operates between Montclair, Pentagon and Downtown Washington.
  • R5 Route 1: This route operates between Triangle, Dumfries, Woodbridge, Pentagon and Downtown Washington.
  • Tysons Express: This route operates between eastern Prince William County and Tysons Corner. Service began November 9, 2009.
  • H Haymarket: This route operates between Haymarket and Rosslyn/Ballston. Service began December 17, 2018.
  • 543 Stafford-Washington: This route operates between Stafford and Downtown Washington. Service began November 4, 2019.[6]
  • 942 Stafford-Pentagon: This route operates between Stafford and Pentagon. Service began November 4, 2019.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "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.
  2. ^ Virginia Code § 15.2-4507.
  3. ^ "OmniMatch". Retrieved 2010-06-22.
  4. ^ "SmarTrip". Retrieved 2010-06-22.
  5. ^ "Omniride: Fares and Transfers". Retrieved 2019-08-01.
  6. ^ https://omniride.com/stafford-route/
  7. ^ https://omniride.com/stafford-route/

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