is a public bus
service provided by Fairfax County, Virginia
, and operated under contract by MV Transportation
. The first buses rolled out in September 1985 as a lower-cost alternative to the Metrobus
service of the regional Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
. The original routes connected the southern part of the county (near the Mount Vernon Estate
) to the Huntington Metrorail
Station which borders Alexandria
. This area continues to be the core of the system, and is noted for the number of residents in the Richmond Highway area who use the service at all times of the day.
Fairfax Connector, or simply "The Connector", has since expanded to 50-odd routes spanning much of the county. In 1994, the service was extended to the high-technology industrial areas of suburban Reston
, located between Washington, D.C.
and Washington Dulles International Airport
. Along State Route 267
(the Dulles Toll Road), express buses carry commuters from free park-and-ride lots to the Washington Metro
system. In June of 2009, service was transitioned from Metrobus routes 2W, 12- and 20-series routes to the Connector in the Centreville, Chantilly, and Oakton areas along I-66 and near the Vienna Metro Station.
Fares are paid in cash (exact change), Metrobus weekly unlimited bus "flash" pass, or WMATA
card.The fare for most routes is $1.70. ... Read More