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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 12/17/2010

Tysons Connector bus service to end

By Kafia A. Hosh
Kafia Hosh

It was suppose to be one of the steps toward Tysons Corner's future as a transit-oriented, urban downtown.

In November 2009, a free midday shuttle service was launched to usher riders among office buildings and shopping malls in Tysons. The Tysons Connector was part of a long-term plan to eventually introduce enhanced bus service in the community, especially a shuttle bus system to serve the four Metrorail stations being built there.

But the Tysons Connector just didn't catch on.

The bus service will stop running Dec. 30 because of low ridership, officials said.

The service was launched to provide travel options within Tysons during construction of the Metro rail line to Dulles International Airport and beyond.

Sharon Bulova, chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, said that while the bus system had good intentions, it turned out that it was not a convenient way to get around.

"I think, first of all, there was no time savings for people," she said. "They didn't have to get into their car but on the other hand they were still caught in the traffic."

Bulova said the end of the Tysons Connector will not affect the shuttle bus system the county plans to launch once the Metro rail stations open.

The bus service was funded by the Dulles Corridor Metro rail Project and operated by Fairfax County.

The Tysons Connector will continue to operate at 10-minute intervals between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 30.

Riders can still get around Tysons by using the following Metro bus or Fairfax Connector routes:

Tysons West*Park transit station
Metro routes: 2T; 3T; 5A; 23A; 24T; 28T
Fairfax Connector routes: 401; 402; 425; 427; 574

Tysons Corner transit station
Metro routes: 2T; 3T; 15K; 15L; 15M; 23A; 28A; 28T; 28X
Fairfax Connector routes: 401; 402

This post has been updated.

By Kafia A. Hosh  | December 17, 2010; 3:15 PM ET
Categories:  Commuter Bus, Commuting, Northern Virginia, Silver Line, Tysons Corner  
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Having ridden the shuttle I can understand why it will be discontinued. perhaps its a case of good idea implemented too soon but my hunch is that the hours of operation is the problem. Ten to two thirty is not enough time to get to the mall run any errands, let alone shop. With one exception the times I rode them I was left stranded searching for a way back (took a cab to metro or waited 2 hours for a bus to get me somewhere near where I originated. It's simply NOT worth taking with such short hours and I will sit in traffic in my car rather than deal with it ever again!!!

Posted by: Cachad | December 17, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Gee, so people in Tysons aren't really ready to give up on their cars and survive solely on public transportation. Please remember this story when all those high-rises are rented out, and traffic just gets worse because nobody who lives in them wants to wait 40 minutes for a train each way.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | December 18, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

The word is "SUPPOSED" -- not "SUPPOSE."

Posted by: mg31 | December 19, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

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