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Silver Line Will Bring New Connector Routes

Reston will get 15 new routes to ease traffic. But will it solve the problem completely?

The Fairfax Connector is planning to start 15 new bus routes this year in conjunction with the opening of the Metro's Silver Line in December.

The commuter bus service discussed those plans at a meeting in Reston Thursday night. There will be another similar meeting at Lake Anne Elementary School at 6:30 p.m. on Monday.

The new bus routes would replace current ones that take commuters to the West Falls Church station, the Fairfax County Department of Transportation says.

The Fairfax County Department of Transportation is gathering feedback at meetings (ek). In late March or early April, the department will present a revised plan to the public.

But will commuter buses be enough to quell traffic concerns in Reston, where there will be a 2,300-spot parking garage at the Wiehle-Reston East Station. That station will the end of the line for the Silver Line for years. It will also be the only Phase 1 station with parking.

WTOP talked to people at the meeting. See some of their concerns here.

More:

Reston Citizens Association Colin Mills: Metro's Coming. Is Reston Ready?

RCA Report Offers Fixes for Wiehle Congestion

 

Will you ride the new Connector bus routes? 

 

Jim Hubbard February 09, 2013 at 02:19 PM
Thursday's meeting revealed at least one serious problem with the proposed routes and intensified concern about the traffic situation around the new Metrorail station. The RIBS buses will provide the only off-peak and weekend connection to the Wiehle Ave station for most of Reston. The current RIBS routes however would create trips of nearly an hour for many Restonians either to or from the new station. County staff, sadly, seemed reluctant to revise the current routes. The most promising solution would be to extend the RIBS 4 route to the new station and convert the RIBS 1, 2, and 3 routes from their current loop configuration to point to point configurations and institute two-way service on the RIBS 2. Also sadly, County staff had nothing helpful to say about possible gridlock around the new station, perhaps compounded by making the new station the terminus for most of Reston's buses. The basic response was that the bus routes were their principal concern and that traffic was someone else's problem. This fragmented approach will become a serious problem if something like gridlock occurs and the County is forced to consider dedicated bus lanes or something similar. It also should be said that the County's bus plan is unambitious. The current planning involves only as many buses and service hours as are currently used. The County professed no interest, for example, in expanding service south of Reston along West Ox Road.
Phil Lilienthal February 09, 2013 at 03:01 PM
It seems unimaginable that the problem on everyone's mind--getting to and from the station--hasn't been considered and dealt with by the planners and the County officials. We have been asking the same question for months and we get nowhere. A little transparency in the thinking would be appreciated. Perhaps residents can join the "experts" in trying to reach a workable decision. Might it be having a bus lane during rush hours to facilitate mass transit to the station? Other suggestions? The bus routes are only a part of the solution. As was pointed out, they have to be able to get to the station quickly.
Tammi Petrine February 10, 2013 at 01:09 AM
Phil, the holes in the County's "plans" for Restonians are everywhere: • The financing of the Silver Line with a berserk 51% of $17 BILLION bill in TOLLS for the few unlucky Fairfax Co. communities that have to use the (now “damn”) DTR. How long will adequate usage last at these prices? Not Long At All. Many are trying to quit it now & the pain will only get worse… Soon it will be known as the “Brokeback Tollway”… • No recognition that a metro spur would require enormous additional bus support to make it work = more $ county doesn’t have. • Lack of essential Reston infrastructure in place to support arrival of Silver Line including Soapstone extension and at least 2 other crossings, and various other improvements including pedestrian and bicycle access. (At this point, no pedestrian access from south at all despite escalators installed to platform.) (See Reston 2020 blog for details) • Co. decision to favor Tysons commercial interests at the expense of all others. (Reston is yesterday’s news.) With a very small residential population, Tysons has more buses running more frequently serving its FOUR massively expensive Metro stations, thanks in large part to Gerry Connolly and cohorts on BOS. This is great for shoppers (?) and commuters from other areas but will they be using the system all day every day in justifiable numbers and will they be paying their fair share? Tysons now even has service to BURKE!
Jack February 12, 2013 at 02:11 AM
There are several folks in East Reason ( Lake Fairfax area ) that were ignored again in new the Bus Routes A 5 mins bus ride ( Route 554 ) from barron cameron to Wiehle Metro while no bus services from East Reston ? All folks from Lake Fairfax/Reston Zoo area are going to drive to the Metro adding to the Traffic on Wiehle Ave ! Is there anyone to help ?
Lilguy February 12, 2013 at 03:10 AM
First time I've seen "Reason" (as in "East Reason") substituted for "Reston." I really can't get my mind around the concept that "Reason"="Reston". I know it was just a typo, but it brightened up my otherwise (poopy) day! Thanks for the lift. If you have other finger foul-ups like that, bring'em on. I love it.
Jack February 12, 2013 at 01:24 PM
Lilguy, Yes - "East Reston" Glad my typo brightened your day :)

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