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Fairfax Connector To Allow Free 1-Way Transfer At VRE Station In County

10:29 AM, Jun 18, 2013   |    comments
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SPRINGFIELD, Va. (WUSA9) -- Officials say the Fairfax Connector will change its transfer policy for Virginia Railway Express in July.

According to officials, starting on Monday, July 1, passengers transferring from the VRE system to a Fairfax Connector bus will be allowed a free, one-way transfer when boarding at a VRE station in Fairfax County. The stations included in this change are Burke Centre Rolling Road and Backlick Road on the Manassas Line, and Lorton and Franconia-Springfield on the Fredericksburg Line.

Officials say passengers must display valid VRE fare passes or tickets. They add that passengers returning on a Fairfax Connector bus to a VRE station are required to pay the full, applicable bus fare.

Officials said in a press release that the change was made "in order to match the fare structure of other regional transit providers."  

Also on Tuesday, Fairfax Connector officials announced it will reduce fares on six routes on July 1. Routes with lower fares include 394, 395, 493, 494, 495 and 981. Officials say Routes 394 and 395' will match the regional express fare of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). Routes 493, 494, 495 and 981 will match the base fare for Fairfax Connector, which is already the same as WMATA's base fare."

Here's a breakdown of the fare changes:

Route 394: Saratoga - Pentagon Express
• Current fare: $5.35 if paid by SmarTrip® or cash
• New fare: $3.65 if paid by SmarTrip®, $4 if paid by cash

Route 395: Pentagon - Gambrill Road
• Current fare: $5.35 if paid by SmarTrip® or cash
• New fare: $3.65 if paid by SmarTrip®, $4 if paid by cash

Route 493: Lorton to Tysons
• Current fare: $3.65 if paid by SmarTrip®, $4 if paid by cash
• New fare: $1.60 if paid by SmarTrip®, $1.80 if paid by cash

Route 494: Springfield to Tysons
• Current fare: $3.65 if paid by SmarTrip®, $4 if paid by cash
• New fare: $1.60 if paid by SmarTrip®, $1.80 if paid by cash

Route 495: Burke VRE to Tysons
• Current fare: $3.65 if paid by SmarTrip®, $4 if paid by cash
• New fare: $1.60 if paid by SmarTrip®, $1.80 if paid by cash

Route 981: Tysons West*Park to Dulles Airport Express
• Current fare: $5.35 if paid by SmarTrip® or cash
• New fare: $1.60 if paid by SmarTrip®, $1.80 if paid by cash

For information about Fairfax Connector fares or bus service, visit www.fairfaxconnector.com

 

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