For commuters in the Fairfax City area, Coleman Coaches, a private bus company, offers express service to the Pentagon and the District for $5.50 round trip.

The first Coleman Coach bus to the District leaves the corner of Rte. 50 and Jermantown Road at 6:30 a.m. and travels eastbound on Main Street (Rte. 236) to Fair City Mall, at the corner of Pickett Road and Rte. 236. A second bus leaves the Rte. 50-Jermantown Road intersection at 7:30 a.m. and travels the same route.

Thirty minutes later in the District, the bus turns right at the corner of 14th Street and Independence Avenue, continues to Third Street SW, goes around the Capitol and up Pennsylvania Avenue, turns right on 14th Street and left on K Street to 21st Street NW. Patricia Anderson, co-owner of Coleman Coaches, said the bus will stop along the route whenever a passenger requests.

Anderson said return buses to Fairfax City leave the corner of 21st and K streets NW at 4:30 p.m. and 5:20 p.m., and travel a reverse route of the morning run. She said the service operates Monday through Friday, excluding national holidays.

Anderson said there are no designated bus signs for her service, but riders can wait at marked Metrobus or CUE bus stops. "All a passenger has to do is flag us down," she said.

Anderson said the bus service is not restricted to Fairfax City residents. She said she started her independent bus service in Fairfax City as a result of city officials' decision to eliminate the Fairfax City Express, a city-sponsored commuter bus service to the District and the Pentagon.

City officials said they stopped their commuter service because of the expansion of the CUE bus system and the opening of the nearby Vienna Metrorail station.

For more information on the Coleman Coaches bus service, call 385-0672.