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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Parking and Riding

Fairfax County offers an extensive system of park-and-ride lots, some maintained by the county, some by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) and some by the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Some are free; others charge a fee.

Many lots are served by bus or rail.

For information on the lots within Fairfax County and to check which method of transit connects, go to http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot/parkride.htm.

The county has some locations with bike lockers, which are garages for bicycles. The Fairfax County Department of Transportation manages lockers at the Herndon-Monroe Park and Ride Lot and at the Reston East Park and Ride Lot.

There are lockers at other locations as well; Metro and the Virginia Department of Transportation lease them. For information on Metro's, call 202-962-1116; for VDOT's, call the department's Bicycle and Pedestrian Program coordinator, 703-383-2233.

If you're unsure where to turn, call the county at 703-324-2453.

The county's Park and Ride Web site has a wealth of links to other transportation information, including bus and Metro schedules and routes.

Fairfax Area Buses

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Fairfax City operates a bus system that serves shopping centers and other locations within the city and that serves as a feeder between George Mason University and the Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Metro station at 2900 Nutley St.

The fare is 75 cents, but GMU students, staff and faculty members with valid ID ride free. Children 3 and younger also ride free. Elementary, intermediate and high school students, those 60 and older and those with disabilities with a valid ID ride for 50 cents.

Exact change is required; drivers accept dollar bills but do not make change.


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