Fairfax Board Approves Fares for New Express Bus Service to Tysons

Three express buses will run from Burke, Lorton and Springfield to Tysons starting in spring.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved on Tuesday the fares for the new express bus service that will transport residents from the Burke, Lorton and Springfield areas to Tysons Corner.

The plan for the three bus services was approved in September, but the fare schedule was approved during the board’s meeting last Tuesday.

According to a news release from Fairfax County, a regular one-way fare will be $3.65 per trip. Fares for senior citizens and those with disabilities will be $1.80.

In addition, riders can also transfer to another local bus for free. Those who commute by rail and transfer to the express bus can receive 50 cents off the regular fare.

The service will pick up travelers from the Burke Centre Virginia Railway Express (VRE) station on weekdays from 6:30-9 a.m. and 4:15-7 p.m. Buses will also have midday runs from Tysons at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Riders in Lorton will be picked up from the Lorton VRE station. The Burke Centre route will be operational in January. The Lorton and Springfield routes are expected to begin in March.

The release states that the service is “part of the county's strategy to encourage more commuters to take transit to work in Tysons.” The service is expected to remove an estimated 200 cars from the road in the first year and save time for riders since the buses will use the new 495 Express Lanes on its route.

Public hearings will be announced in November and December to solicit feedback from residents about the routes and schedules for the buses. The dates have yet to be announced.

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