Fairfax County to Launch Express Connector Service From Burke to Tysons

express-connectorIf you live in the Burke area, your commute to Tysons Corner may be about to get easier.

Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) begin operating Express Connector bus service from the Burke Centre VRE Station to Tysons next Monday, January 14 — the first public transit to Tysons from the Burke area.

FCDOT will preview the new service this Saturday (Jan. 12) with free bus tours and an inaugural ride from the Burke Centre VRE Station to Tysons.

Bus routes will use the 495 Express Lanes to provide limited-stop services between the Burke Centre VRE station and Tysons, with circulations serving many major employers in the Tysons area.

Kickoff event

Saturday’s free kickoff event, to be held at the Burke Centre VRE station at 10 a.m., will featured FCDOT Director Tom Biesiadny, county Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova, and county board supervisors Pat Herrity and John Cook speaking about the benefits of the new service.

“We invite you to learn more about this no-transfer, convenient way for Burke community residents and commuters to enjoy a stress-free ride to work, take a tour of the new bus and climb aboard to experience the comfortable ride,” said Biesiadny. “By introducing this new, viable public transportation, we are helping to reduce traffic and connect areas of Fairfax County to each other like never before.”

Service schedule

Starting weekday mornings on Jan. 14, buses will depart from the Burke Centre VRE station for Tysons from 6:30 to 9 a.m., serving select Fairfax Connector stops before entering the 495 Express Lanes. Buses will depart from Tysons for Burke weekday afternoons from 4:15 to 7 p.m. The service will also offer midday buses departing from Tysons at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to meet the commuting needs and schedules of riders. The trip will take about one hour, with one-way fares set at $3.65 if paid by SmarTrip® card and $4 if paid in cash.

Additional bus services to Tysons will be launching from Springfield and Lorton in the following months.