Fairfax Connector Plans Service Changes

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Beginning Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, Fairfax Connector will be implementing service changes on several routes to improve the customer experience through increased on-time performance, improved service reliability and reduced crowding. To serve the greatest number of riders as effectively as possible, improvements target high-ridership corridors and partially address the elimination of Metrobus Route 2T.

Service highlights

  •  Reroute Route 171 between Pohick and Telegraph Roads to take advantage of new traffic signal at Whernside Street and Telegraph Road;
  • Adjust arrival times on Fairfax Connector Routes 231 and 232 to improve transfer opportunities with Routes 321,322 and 373;
  • Increase span of service and frequency on Routes 321 and 322;
  • Eliminate Bland Street diversion on Routes 321 and 322;
  • Extend Routes 321 and 322 on Industrial Road to serve the Amazon facility;
  • Restructure Route 333 service as Routes 340 and 341, maintaining service to Patriot Ridge and extending service to Boston Boulevard;
  • Implement minor schedule revisions to Route 334 to interline with new Routes 340 and 341;
  • Add a Route 335 morning trip departing at 6:00 a.m. from Franconia – Springfield Metrorail Station;
  • Address travel demands for Route 395 by eliminating some morning trips from Backlick North Park & Ride, as well as some afternoon trips to Gambrill Road Park & Ride;
  • Reroute Route 462 onto Prosperity Avenue and Hilltop Road to address elimination of Metrobus 2T;
  • Reroute Route 463 on Gosnell Road and Leesburg Pike to address elimination of Metrobus 2T; and
  • Revise Route 551 schedule to address afternoon crowding issues related to ridership to/from South Lakes High School.

Changes by Route

Route 171 – Richmond Highway

  • Reroute onto Whernside Street between Pohick and Telegraph Roads to take advantage of new traffic signal at Whernside and Telegraph.

Route 321/322 – Greater Springfield Circulator

  • Eliminate Bland Street route diversion.
  • Expand the span of service to operate late evenings and improve headways.
  • Feature 20 to 30 minute headways Monday through Friday, 30 to 60 minute headways Saturday, and 60 minute headways Sunday.
  • Weekend service improvements: all trips after 8:00 p.m. on weekdays and 6:00 p.m. on weekends, including the proposed new late evening trips, would bypass the Industrial Road and Commercial Drive area, where there is no demand for service at these times.
  • Extend service along Industrial Road to provide access to the new Amazon facility.

Route 333 – Patriot Ridge – Saratoga

**To be replaced by NEW Route 340 (Patriot Ridge – Saratoga) and Route 341 (Boston Boulevard – Saratoga)**

  • Route 333 will be replaced by two new routes Route 340 (Patriot Ridge – Saratoga) and Route 341 (Boston Boulevard – Saratoga) that will service the current route pattern.
  • Restructure route to reduce pattern complexity for riders. Time interval between buses will be approximately 25 to 30 minutes on weekdays and approximately 30 minutes on Saturdays.
  • Maintain AM and PM rush hour VRE connections at Franconia-Springfield; serve Patriot Ridge and Boston Boulevard.

Route 334 – Newington Circulator

  • Minor schedule adjustments to align service with new Routes 340 and 341.

Route 335 – Fort Belvoir “The Eagle”

  • Add a morning trip departing at 6:00 a.m. from Franconia-Springfield Metrorail Station, in response to rider input.

Route 395 – Springfield – Pentagon

  • To better handle current travel demand, some morning trips will not serve Backlick North Park & Ride and one afternoon trip will terminate at Gambrill Park & Ride and not serve Backlick North Road Park & Ride.

Route 462 – Dunn Loring – Navy Federal – Tysons

  • Reroute onto Prosperity Avenue and Hilltop Road to address elimination of Metrobus 2T. Maintains service to Vienna Park Apartments.

Route 463 – Maple Avenue – Vienna

  • Reroute onto Gosnell Road to address elimination of Metrobus 2T, providing access to Tysons Tower Apartments.

Route 551 – South Lakes Drive

  • Shorten headways on some afternoon trips to 30 minutes to address crowding associated with South Lakes High School ridership.

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