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Several service changes on Metrobus will be implemented on 17 lines in Virginia beginning June 26. The changes are in response to customer requests and will eliminate overcrowding on some routes, shorten passenger waits between trips on other routes, and improve transfer connections between buses and trains.

 

Lee Highway Line, Routes 3A, B, E: With the recent installation of a traffic signal at Lee Highway and Old Dominion Drive/Wakefield Street, westbound buses will return to their former route via Lee Highway between Lorcom Lane and Old Dominion Drive. After serving the stop on Lee Highway and Lorcom Lane, westbound buses will continue on Lee Highway, then go left on Old Dominion Drive (opposite Wakefield Street), bear left on Lee Highway, and continue present routes to Annandale, West Falls Church-VT/UVA and East Falls Church Metrorail stations. Lee Highway-Farragut Square Line, Route 3Y: With the recent installation of a traffic signal at Lee Highway and Old Dominion Drive/Wakefield Street, westbound buses will be rerouted via Lee Highway between Lorcom Lane and Old Dominion Drive. After serving the stop on Lee Highway and Lorcom Lane, westbound buses will continue on Lee Highway, turn left onto Old Dominion Drive (opposite Wakefield Street), and bear left on Lee Highway to the terminal stand west of Old Dominion Drive.

 

Pershing Drive-Arlington Boulevard Line, Routes 4B, H: Saturday service will be rescheduled for better schedule adherence. Trips between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. will be adjusted to arrive and leave Rosslyn Metrorail station every 32 to 33 minutes instead of every 30 mintues.

 

The order of westbound trips will be changed so that the first trip leaving the Rosslyn Metrorail station at 6:55 a.m. will be a 4H instead of a 4B, the next trip leaving at 7:25 a.m. will be a 4B instead of 4H.

 

Foxchase-Seminary Valley Line, Routes 8W, Z: Three later weekday trips will be added leaving the Pentagon: 8W at 7:38 p.m., 8Z at 8 p.m., and 8W at 8:24 p.m.

 

Huntington-Pentagon Line (new line name), Routes 9A, E: Weekday trip times will be adjusted to reflect current traffic conditions and improve schedule adherence. Customers should consult the new schedule for revised trip times and transfer connections.

 

Hunting Towers-Potomac Yard-Crystal City Line, Route 9B: Trips will be separated from the 9A, E and will operate as a spearate line. There will be no change in route or trip times.

 

Columbia Pike Line, Routes 16 A, B, D, E, F, J: Weekday service will be adjusted as follows: A) Morning eastbound and westbound, and afternoon/evening westbound service will operate every six minutes instead of every five minutes, for a combined three minute peak frequency with Routes 16 G, H, K, W along Columbia Pike in Arlington.

 

B) Running times will be adjusted all day, primarily to improve schedule adherence on 16A 16D trips to and from Annandale.

 

C) To relieve early morning overcrowding on the first two 16A, B eastbound trips, the first 16A trip will leave at 4:35 a.m. instead of 4:43 a.m. Two eastbound 16B trips will be added leaving Culmore at 4:41 a.m. and 5 a.m. The trip leaving Culmore at 5:22 a.m. will leave at 5:11 a.m. These first four eastbound trips will be scheduled to arrive at the Pentagon every eight to 11 minutes between 5:09 a.m. and 5:39 a.m. to allow a five to six minute transfer to Blue or Yellow line trains.

 

D) To relieve overcrowding on the first westbound 16A trip to Annandale leaving the Pentagon, a new 16A trip will be added to leave the Pentagon at 5:42 a.m., seven minutes after the arrival of the first Blue Line train from downtown at 5:35 a.m.

 

E) Late evening service between 10 p.m. and 11:15 p.m. will be coordinated with the 16G along Columbia Pike by adjusting westbound 16 B, E trip times to leave the Pentagon as follows:

 

Route Leave Pentagon Destination 16B 10 p.m. Culmore 16A 10:20 p.m. Annandale 16B 10:40 p.m. Culmore 16B 11 p.m. Culmore 16B 11:15 p.m. Culmore 16E 11:30 p.m. Annandale (via Pentagon City and Culmore) After 11:30 p.m., there are no change in trip times or routes leaving Pentagon.

 

Other trip times throughout the day will be adjusted as a result of the new running times. Customers should consult the new schedule for revised trip times and transfer connections.

 

Columbia Heights West-Pentagon City Line, Route 16G: Weekday service will coordinate better with Blue Line trains at the Pentagon City Metrorail station and late evening 16B, E trips along Columbia Pike in Arlington:

 

A) A new eastbound trip will be added leaving Carlin Springs Road and Columbia Pike at 4:52 a.m., passing South Dinwiddie and 9th streets at 5 a.m., and arriving at Pentagon City at 5:15 a.m.

 

B) Late evening westbound service after 10 p.m. will be adjusted to leave Pentagon City station at 10:12 p.m., 10:32 p.m., 10:52 p.m. and 11:12 p.m. Burke Centre Line, Route 18R: The weekday schedule will be adjusted to incorporate the additional running time required for the reroute via Gambrill Road Park & Ride lot, which was effective May 9. Morning eastbound trips will pass time points east of Gambrill Road and arrive at Franconia-Springfield Metrorail station two minutes later than currently scheduled. Afternoon/evening westbound trips will continue to leave Franconia-Springfield at the currently scheduled times but will pass time points between Gambrill Road and Burke Centre three minutes later than currently scheduled. The eastbound time point at Hooes and Gambrill roads, and the westbound time point at Hooes Road and Olde Lantern Way will be changed to the Park & Ride lot in both directions.

 

McClean-Crystal City Line, Route 23A: At the request of Tysons Galleria management, buses will be rerouted to the east service roadway in both directions.

 

A) Westbound to Tysons-Westpark: Present route to the intersection of Galleria Drive and Tysons Boulevard (after crossing bridge from Tysons Corner Center), then continue Galleria Drive, right on first roadway to Tysons Galleria, continue east service roadway, cross Tysons Boulevard into Park Run Drive and continue present route to Tysons-Westpark Transit Station.

 

B) Eastbound to Ballston-MU station and Crystal City: Present route to the intersection of Park Run Drive and Tysons Boulevard, then cross Tysons Boulevard into Tysons Galleria east service roadway, continue east service roadway, left on Galleria Drive to Tysons Boulevard, and continue present route to Ballston-MU station and Crystal City.

 

The eastbound routing and two stops on Tysons Boulevard between Park Run Drive and Galleria Drive, as well as the current routing and stop on the west service roadway of Tysons Galleria will be discontinued. Eastbound trips will leave Tysons-Westpark two minutes later than currently scheduled due to the shorter routing between Park Run and Galleria Drive.

 

Annandale Line, Routes 29 E, G: Three southbound evening trips will leave the Pentagon three minutes later for better coordination with Metrorail trains from downtown. The 29E will leave at 6:48 p.m. The 29G will leave at 6:58 p.m. The 29E will leave at 7:18 p.m.

 

Springfield Circulator (TAGS), Route S80: Bus transfers will be issued and valid for 50? on other buses (TAGS cash fare remains at 25?.) Bus transfers (including the all day transfer and Fairfax Connector transfers), as well as Metrobus passes will be accepted for full fare on TAGS buses between Franconia-Springfield Metrorail station, Springfield Mall and the Springfield Hilton. Rail-to-bus transfers will not be accepted on TAGS service. The TAGS Board has endorsed this change and Fairfax County has agreed to subsidize the revenue loss associated with the acceptance of bus transfers on TAGS service. Note: The above does not apply to trips between Franconia-Springfield and Metro Park, which remains a free fare segment of the route. However, customers boarding at Beulah Street or Walker Lane only will, upon request, be issued a free transfer valid for 50? on the next bus.

 

Also, use of the route number S80 will be discontinued on 30-foot buses assigned to this service. Instead, the buses will display "TAGS" in the route number display and "Franconia-Springfield" in the destination display. Timetables and maps will be reprinted to eliminate references to the S80 route number.

 

Springfield Mall Parking Lot Shuttle, Route S91: Use of the route number S91 will be discontinued. Buses will display "Mall" in the route number display and "Shuttle" in the destination display. Timetables and maps will be reprinted to eliminate references to the S91 route number.

 

Centreville South Line, Routes 12A, E, F, G: Route 12A (New): Implement new early afternoon and evening route combining portions of Routes 12E, 12F and 12L to provide off-peak service to the three major Centreville area Park & Ride lots. Route 12A will operate from Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Metrorail station to the Centreville Methodist Church Park & Ride lot via I-66 westbound, Fairfax County Parkway northbound, left Fair Lakes Parkway, left Fair Lakes Boulevard, left Stringfellow Road, serve Stringfellow Road Park & Ride lot, continue Stringfellow Road, right Centreville Farms Road, right Lee Highway, serve Centreville (Stone Road) Park & Ride lot, left Stone Road, left Lee Highway eastbound, right Centrewood Drive, left Old Centreville Road to terminal stand at Centreville Methodist Church Park & Ride lot. Four westbound trips will leave Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Metrorail station at 1:32 p.m., 3:10 p.m., 7:50 p.m. and 8:20 p.m., replacing present 12E trips.

 

Route 12E: No change in present route. Service reduced to operate in morning and evening peak hours only. The present early afternoon and evening trips will be changed to the new Route 12A. Four morning eastbound and six evening westbound trips will operate at a 35 minute frequency, with trips times adjusted to coordinate with revised Routes 12C and 12F at Centreville (Stone Road) Park & Ride lot.

 

Route 12F: Begin five new morning eastbound (to Vienna) and seven afternoon/evening westbound (from Vienna) trips operating every 35 minutes via the following route: From Braddock and Old Centreville roads (present 12L terminal) continue on Braddock Road, turn right Union Mill Road, right new Braddock Road, left Centrewood Drive, left Old Centreville Road, serve Centreville Methodist Church Park & Ride lot, continue on Old Centreville Road westbound, right Centrewood Drive, continue on Trinity Parkway, right on Lee Highway, serve Centreville (Stone Road) Park & Ride lot, turn left on Stone Road, left on Lee Highway eastbound, left ramp to eastbound I-66, continue I-66 HOV lane to Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Metrorail station and return. Route 12F will operate via the Stone Road lot to provide a combined 10 to 12 minute frequency of service with Routes 12C and 12E to accommodate all riders between the Park & Ride lot and Vienna with seats throughout the entire morning and evening rush hours.

 

Route 12G: Present Route 12F counterflow trips (morning westbound from Veinna, evening eastbound to Vienna) will be redesignated as 12G with the west end of the route modified as follows: From Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Metrorail station, via I-66 westbound, left onto Lee Highway eastbound, left on Trinity Parkway west intersection (opposite Machen Road), continue on Centrewood Drive, left on Machen Road, left on Centreville Road (Route 28), right Old Centreville Road, right on Braddock Road to the present 12L terminal stand east of Old Centreville Road and return. Three morning westbound and five afternoon/evening eastbound trips will operate at a 35 minute frequency.

 

Centreville North Line, Routes 12C, 12D: Route 12C: Existing route will be modified in the Newgate area and extended to replace 12S in Sully Station as follows:

 

Morning eastbound: From the Sully Governmental Center Park & Ride lot, turn right on Stonecroft Boulevard, right on Westfields Boulevard, right on Sully Station Drive, left on Braddock Road, right on Sully Park Drive, left on Stone Road, right on Braddock Road, right on Newton Patent Drive, right on Awbrey Patent Drive, left on Stone Road, right on Wycombe Street and continue present route through London Towne, the Centreville (Stone Road) Park & Ride lot and via I-66 HOV lane eastbound to Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Metrorail station.

 

Afternoon/evening westbound: From Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Metrorail station, operate via present route serving the Centreville (Stone Road) Park & Ride lot and London Towne to the intersection of Wycombe Street and Stone Road, then go left on Stone Road, right on Braddock Road, right on Newton Patent Drive, right on Awbrey Patent Drive, cross Stone Road into Sully Park Drive and continue reverse of morning route through Sully Station to the Sully Governmental Center Park & Ride lot. Afternoon/evening trips returning in services as Route 12D will also serve the Westfields loop (Lee Road, Conference Center Drive) prior to terminating at the Sully Governmental Center lot to pick up eastbound customers to Vienna. Service via Awbrey Patent and Newton Patent drives will operate in the same direction in the morning and evening to eliminate a potentially unsafe evening left turn from Newton Patent Drive to Braddock Road. Six morning eastbound and six evening westbound trips will operate at a 35 minute frequency with minor trip time adjustments to coordinate with revised Routes 12E and 12F at Centreville (Stone Road) Park & Ride lot , as well as to accommodate the modified routing to retain service on Awbrey Patent and Newton Patent drives

 

Route 12D: Existing counterflow (morning westbound, afternoon/evening eastbound) service will be extended to the western section of Westfields to replace a portion of present Route 12R as follows: From Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Metrorail station, via I-66 westbound, take the right ramp to Route 28 northbound, bear left onto the ramp to Braddock Road exit, right Route 28 on (left turn lane for Braddock Road), left on Braddock Road, right on Poplar Tree Road, continue on Westfields Boulevard, left onto Stonecroft Boulevard, right on Lee Road, left on Conference Center Drive, right at the second intersection of Stonecroft Boulevard, right entrance to Sully Governmental Center Park & Ride lot to terminal stand and return. The first two afternoon trips to Vienna between 3 and 4 p.m. will start at Lee Road and Conference Center Drive instead of at the Sully Governmental Center lot to pick up eastbound customers to Vienna. Five morning and five afternoon/evening trips will operate every 35 to 55 minutes.

 

Little Rocky Run-Vienna Line, Routes 12L, 12M: Route 12L: The route was restructed to serve the Centreville Farms area, Stringfellow Road Park & Ride lot , and use Stringfellow Road HOV ramp to and from I-66 as follows: From the intersection of Union Mill Road and The Colonnade/Trey Lane continue on Union Mill Road, turn right on Braddock Road, left on Little Rocky Run Circle (west intersection ), continue on Little Rocky Run Circle counterclockwise, left on Braddock Road, right on Pickwick Road, right on Lee Highway, left on Centreville Farms Road, left Stringfellow Road, serve Stringfellow Road Park & Ride lot, right on Stringfellow Road, left on Stringfellow Road HOV ramp and continue I-66 HOV lane to Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Metrorail station and return. Six morning eastbound and six afternoon/evening westbound trips will operate every 30 minutes, with trip times coordinated with Route 12S to provide a combined 15 minute frequency of service at Stringfellow Road Park & Ride lot from approximately 5:35 to 8:35 a.m. eastbound, and 4:15 to 7:30 p.m. westbound. Early afternoon service to Stringfellow Road Park & Ride lot prior to 4:15 p.m., as well as later evening service after 7:30 p.m. will be provided by the new Route 12A.

 

Note: Due to the closure of the Stringfellow Road HOV ramp at 7 p.m., the last westbound 12L bus leaving Vienna at 6:45 p.m. will operate via an alternate route between Vienna and the Stringfellow Road Park & Ride lot as follows: I-66 HOV lane westbound, Fairfax County Parkway northbound, left on Fair Lakes Parkway, left on Fair Lakes Boulevard, left on Stringfellow Road to Stringfellow Road Park & Ride lot, then continue along the regular route to Union Mill Road and Trey Lane terminal. This last evening trip will operate locally on the alternate route, serving all stops on Fair Lakes Parkway and Fair Lakes Boulevard.

 

Route 12M: Restructure present morning westbound and afternoon/evening eastbound counterflow trips to serve Fair Lakes and the Stringfellow Road Park & Ride lot as follows: From Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Metrorail station via I-66 westbound, Fairfax County Parkway northbound, left on Fair Lakes Parkway, left on Fair Lakes Boulevard, left on Stringfellow Road to Stringfellow Road Park & Ride, right on Stringfellow Road, right on Lee Highway, left on Union Mill Road to the terminal at The Colonnade/Trey Lane and return. Four morning and four afternoon/evening trips will run every 30 minutes to provide partial replacement service for Route 12S in the Fair Lakes area by scheduling trips to pass Stringfellow Road Park & Ride lot for transfer connections with revised Routes 12L and 12S.

 

Stringfellow Road-Vienna Line (formerly Sully Station-Vienna Line), Routes 12R, 12S Route 12R: Restructure the present peak hour counterflow (morning westbound, afternoon/evening eastbound) service to serve the eastern section of Westfields (Park Meadow and Newbrook Drives) as follows: from Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Metrorail station via I-66 westbound, Sully Road (Route 28) northbound, right on Westfields Boulevard, right on Newbrook Drive, right on Park Meadow Drive to terminal stand at #14280, south of Westfields Boulevard and return. Four morning and seven afternoon/evening peak trips will run every 30 minutes. Also, in response to customer requests, the present early afternoon eastbound trip leaving Centreville Methodist Church Park & Ride lot at 2:18 p.m. will be retained via its present route serving the eastern and western (Lee Road, Conference Center Drive) sections of Westfields, as well as the Centreville (Stone Road) and Sully Governmental Center Park & Ride lots.

 

Route 12S: The route was restructured to start in the eastern section of Westfields, operate via a modified routing in the Fair Lakes area, and use the Stringfellow Road HOV ramp to and from I-66 as follows: From the terminal on Park Meadow Drive at #14280, continue on Park Meadow Drive, turn right on Westfields Boulevard, right on Walney Road, left on Poplar Tree Road, right on Stringfellow Road, left on Fair Lakes Parkway, right on Fair Lakes Boulevard, left on Stringfellow Road, serve Stringfellow Road Park & Ride lot, turn right onto Stringfellow Road, left onto the Stringfellow Road HOV ramp and continue on I-66 HOV lane to Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Metrorail station and return. Eight morning eastbound and eight afternoon/evening westbound trips will operate every 30 minutes, with trip times coordinated with Route 12L to provide a combined 15 minute frequency of service at Stringfellow Road Park & Ride lot from approximately 5:35 to 8:35 a.m. eastbound, and 4:15 to 7:30 p.m. westbound. Early afternoon service to Stringfellow Road Park & Ride lot prior to 4:15 p.m., as well as later evening service after 7:30 p.m. will be provided by the new Route 12A.

 

Note: Due to the closure of the Stringfellow Road HOV ramp at 7 p.m., the last two westbound 12S leaving Vienna at 7 and 7:30 p.m. will operate via an alternate route between Vienna and the Stringfellow Road Park & Ride lot as follows: I-66 HOV lane westbound, Fairfax County Parkway northbound, left onto the Fair Lakes Parkway, left on Fair Lakes Boulevard, left on Stringfellow Road to Stringfellow Road Park & Ride lot, then continue regular route (7 p.m. trip) to Westfields (the 7:30 p.m. trip will be a 12S/ terminating at Stringfellow Road Park & Ride lot). Both trips will operate local on the alternate route, serving all stops on Fair Lakes Parkway and Fair Lakes Boulevard.

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