RESTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- In three days, the Silver Line opens for business, bringing the Metro Rail to Reston. While the new line will see new riders to Metro, some current riders will have to pay more for the same distance commute. The increase costs are due to some big changes with eleven Fairfax Connector bus routes.
Some Metro riders, who've have already been hit with a three percent rate hike last month, will now have to pay more for the same distance commute.
David Ramirez lives in Reston and works in Arlington. From a Park and Ride lot, he takes a Fairfax Connecter bus to the West Falls Church Station for $1.25 , the Metro rider discount fare. However starting Monday, the bus will take him to the new Wiehle-Reston East station instead. That longer ride on the Silver Line will cost more.
From the West Falls Church station, a round trip rush-hour ride to the Smithsonian station costs $8.20. From the Wiehle station to the Smithsonian, it'll be $11.80. Add $2.50 for two $1.25 Fairfax Connector trips and you've got a commute that use to be $10.70 a day, now $14.30 a day.
"It's disappointing, but what are you gonna do? You got to work….No lunch? Yeah, no lunch," Ramirez joked.
Eleven Fairfax connector routes now serving West Falls Church will switch to Wiehle. Joshua Anton who lives in Herndon says the change will actually improve his commute.
"I'll pay a few extra dollars, but I'll shave off about 15 or 20 minutes of my schedule, which would be nice, actually," said Anton.
The Fairfax County Transportation Department has added 16 new bus routes to help riders connect to the Silver Line. The new line has been running simulated with no passenger service this week. Come Monday, it's all systems to for the first Silver Line Rush Hour.
Written by Peggy Fox