Fairfax outlines bus plan for Silver Line opening day


A view of the Spring Hill Station along the Silver Line in Tysons Corner. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)

Fairfax County transportation officials held an online discussion about the county’s plans to serve the five new Silver Line stations.

Nicholas Perfili, who manages the operations and planning efforts for the Fairfax Connector bus service, began by offering this outline for service on the Silver Line’s opening day, scheduled for July 26. On that date, the first Silver Line train is scheduled to leave the Wiehle-Reston East station at noon. This is what Perfili wrote about that day’s service.

WIEHLE-WEST FALLS CHURCH: Shuttle buses will operate nonstop between the West Falls Church and Wiehle stations. The first shuttle buses will depart Wiehle for West Falls Church at 7:20 a.m. and 7:40 a.m. to meet the first Route 505 and Route 950 bus arrivals at Wiehle. The first shuttle bus will depart West Falls Church for Wiehle at 7:45 a.m. to transport passengers from the Orange Line to Reston and Herndon buses. Wiehle-West Falls Church shuttle buses will operate every 30 minutes from the start of service until about 10:45 a.m. and then operate every 10 to 20 minutes until 12:30 p.m.

TYSONS AREA-WEST FALLS CHURCH: Shuttle buses will operate between West Falls Church and the McLean, Tysons Corner, Greensboro and Spring Hill stations, stopping at each location. The first shuttle bus will depart Spring Hill Station for West Falls Church at 6:35 a.m. to meet the first Route 574 bus arrival at Spring Hill. The first shuttle bus will depart West Falls Church for the McLean, Tysons Corner, Greensboro and Spring Hill stations at 7 a.m. to transport passengers from the Orange Line to the Tysons area. Buses will operate approximately every 20 minutes until 12:30 p.m.

The two special shuttle bus routes will operate July 26 only.

Robert Thomson is The Washington Post’s “Dr. Gridlock.” He answers travelers’ questions, listens to their complaints and shares their pain on the roads, trains and buses in the Washington region.

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