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Metrobus upgrading Route 7 service

Upcoming enhancements to the Leesburg Pike Line should get the attention of Tysons Corner commuters looking for transit service to their jobs in that congested area.

The line, consisting of the 28A and 28B buses, has one of the highest Metrobus riderships in Northern Virginia, with about 5,000 daily passengers. But as is so often the case with a high ridership line, the buses are often late and crowded. The transit authority points out that the line connects high-density residential and commercial neighborhoods including Old Town Alexandra, Southern Towers, Baileys Crossroads, Seven Corners and Tysons Corner.

The changes Metrobus is making follow a now-familiar pattern of separating buses into local and limited-stop services, modifying the routes, increasing supervision and adjusting the schedules in light of traffic realities.

This is what the plan will do:
-- Convert 10 (five morning and five evening) peak period, peak direction 28B short trips between Tysons Corner and Columbia Pike and Carlin Springs Road to limited-stop service (28X).
-- Add a new 5 a.m. westbound trip between Baileys Crossroads and Tysons Corner and new evening trips leaving King Street at 11 p.m. westbound and leaving Tysons Corner at midnight eastbound.
-- Add new Saturday evening trips to increase frequencies between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. to 30 minutes.
-- Add five minutes of extra time to the schedule at Seven Corners transit center on 28A local trips to allow late buses to get back on schedule before completing the remainder of their route.
-- All westbound buses will be rerouted to serve Tysons Corner Transit Center more directly via Towers Crescent Drive, instead of International Drive to speed travel times.

The changes were approved by a Metro board committee this morning, but still need final approval from the full board this month.

By Robert Thomson  |  November 5, 2009; 2:02 PM ET
Categories:  Metro  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Metrobus  
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Wow Metro actually did something early. I remember reading that express service would begin in 2011. Now I'll actually be able to get somewhere without stopping at every other telephone poll.

When is this service expected to begin, or does that depend on the full board's vote?

Posted by: josh703 | November 5, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

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