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Surcharge for Fairfax Connector

The Fairfax Connector buses will start charging a fare surcharge the same day Metro adds its surcharge. As of Feb. 28, a Connector ride will cost an extra 10 cents.

The surcharge will remain in effect through June 30. Like Metro and the region's other transit systems, the Connector is having budget problems, partly because of declining ridership. Those problems were addressed first through service cuts and now through the addition of the surcharge.

This is what bus riders should expect to pay:

  • The regular base fare will increase from $1.25 to $1.35 if you pay by SmarTrip card and from $1.35 to $1.45 if you pay cash.

  • Fares for seniors and people with disabilities will increase from 60 cents to 65 cents.

  • The surcharge will not be added to the express fares for routes 380D, 595 and 597.

  • The surcharge will affect transfer costs. A charge will be assessed for passengers paying by SmarTrip card who start their trip on a transit service on which the fare is less than that of the Fairfax Connector.

By Robert Thomson  |  February 19, 2010; 10:35 AM ET
Categories:  transit  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Fairfax Connector  
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so, they're asking for higher fares and yet they still haven't plowed the top deck of the herndon-monroe park-n-ride. what exactly is our money being used for??? it's been hell all week for commuters because the top deck of the garage has been closed. seems like they've had plenty of time to clear it. what gives?

Posted by: Washington Post Editors | February 19, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

They need to figure out what kind of service they're running on Route 101 which travels between Mt Vernon & Huntington Metro Station. Some of the drivers serve the Belle View/Wakefield & Potomac area & some don't. If school buses can make it down the street then Fairfax Connector buses should. Sometimes you see one come down into that area & sometimes the bus never arrives. Recorded message says they're operating regular service & then you talk to the driver & she says it's snow service coz of the "ice." She looks confused & has to call dispatch/central office. Can we all get on the same page so I know which bus stop to go to? Thanks, Fairfax Connector.

Posted by: uncivil | February 19, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Fairfax Connector doesn't maintain the Herndon-Monroe Park and Ride...VDOT does.

Posted by: thetan | February 19, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

And they set a rule over a year ago to have the same fare structure as Metrobus. I doubt that the bus-to-rail transfers would work out evenly if they didn't match Metrobus's raise.

Posted by: jkuchen | February 20, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

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