Fairfax City and George Mason University will inaugurate bus service between the university's two campuses beginning Monday. The service is called CUE, for City-University Energy Saver. The fare will be 25 cents.
City officials are hoping that the service, which will include stops at Fairfax Circle, Fairfax High School, Pickett Road and Kamp Washington, will attract city residents as well as GMU students.
City public information officer Thomas B. Weels said the ridership goal by the end of November is 600 students and 200 city residents.
GMU is providing a $65,000 subsidy for the first year, with Fairfax City providing $50,000. Fares are expected to provide the balance of funds.
The university's main campus is just outside Fairfax City, on Rte. 123 near Braddock Road. The North Campus in the city, on Main Street just east of Kamp Washington, about two miles from the main campus. At present, there is no shuttle bus service between the two campuses.
The new bus service will operate at 30-minute intervals from 7:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. and hour intervals from 3:45 p.m. to 10:20 p.m. There will be two routes. The Green Line will go from the main campus to the North Campus to Fairfax Circle, Pickett Street, Main Street and back to the main campus. The Gold Line will go from the North Campus to Fairfax High School to the main campus to Kamp Washington, Warwick Avenue and to the main campus.
The 47-passenger, air-conditioned buses will stop anywhere along the routes if persons who want to board or leave the bus signal the driver.