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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Get Off the Bus: Changes to RIBS, Connector Service Begin Sunday

151776-Broken-Down-Bus--The-PUSH-0.jpg.jpegThe Fairfax Connector/RIBS bus service is about to get even more so, thanks to budget cuts discontinuing front-door-service to a variety of Reston locations. On the bright side, there's a shiny new RIBS 5 route, taking riders on an exciting ride between Reston Town Center and Herndon, our tolerant neighbor to the west, depositing blue light-seeking thrillseekers at the K-Mart. Don't forget your cameras!

Read on for the full list:

RIBS 1 and 3 - Effective Jan. 17

Peak Service Changes (weekdays, 5 - 8:45 a.m.; 3:30-6:45 p.m.)
Discontinue front door service to:
Hunters Woods Village Center
Lake Anne Fellowship House

Off-Peak Service Changes (weekdays, 9 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.; 7 - 9:15 p.m.)
Discontinue front door service to:
Reston East Park and Ride, keep bus on Wiehle Ave. during midday only on

RIBS 1
Hunters Woods Fellowship House (RIBS 1 only)
Continue front door service to:
Lake Anne Fellowship House
Lake Anne Village Center
Hunters Woods Village Center
Hunters Woods Fellowship House (RIBS 3 only)
Late Night (weekdays, after 10 p.m.)

Discontinue front door service to:
Hunters Woods Village Center
Hunters Woods Fellowship House
Lake Anne Fellowship House
Lake Anne Village Center
Tall Oaks Village Center

RIBS 2 - Effective Jan. 17
Routing Changes
Modify RIBS 2 at the start of the route so that it leaves Reston Town Center and travels west on Bluemont, north on Town Center Parkway and then east on New Dominion.

Modify RIBS 2 at the end of the route so that, from Sunset Hills, it travels north on Town Center Pkwy, east on New Dominion Pkwy, south on Reston Parkway, then west on Bluemont to Reston Town Center.
Peak Service Changes (weekdays, 5 - 8:45 a.m.; 3:30-6:45 p.m.)

Discontinue front door service to:
Kaiser Permanente
Hunters Woods Village Center
South Lakes Village Center
Hunters Woods Fellowship House
Off-Peak Service Changes (weekdays, 9 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.; 7 - 9:15 p.m.)

Discontinue front door service to:
Reston East Park and Ride (midday only)
Hunters Woods Fellowship House
Continue front door service to:
Hunters Woods Village Center
Kaiser Permanente
South Lakes Village Center
Late Night (weekdays, after 10 p.m.)

Discontinue front door service to:
Kaiser Permanente
Hunters Woods Village Center
Hunters Woods Fellowship House
South Lakes Village Center

RIBS 4 - Effective Jan. 17
Routing Changes
AM and PM peak route provides weekday service between Lake Newport, Bennington Woods, Walnut Branch and Reston Town Center.
Off-peak route provides weekday service between Wiehle Ave, North Point Village Center, Center Harbor Road, Bennington Woods and Reston Town Center.

Some bus stops will be moved or combined to enable more efficient service.

New Route RIBS 5 - Effective Jan. 17
Routing
AM and PM peak route provides weekday service between Reston Town Center and the Town of Herndon, via Sunset Hills and Elden Street.
Off-peak routing is the same as weekday peak routing; however, front door service is provided to K-Mart on Elden Street on eastbound trips.

Routes 642 and 644 - Effective Jan. 17
Buses on combined Routes 642 and 644 between Vienna Metro and Centreville (Stone Rd.) Park and Ride will operate on a 12-minute frequency during AM and PM peak periods.
Service to Sully Station Drive will be added to Route 642.
An additional Route 642 westbound reverse-commute trip will be added that includes stops on Lee Road and Conference Center Drive, departing at 8:35 a.m.

Routes 505, 605 and 950 - Effective Jan. 17
Minor routing changes around the Reston Transit Station will be made to routes 505, 605, and 950.

Reston Town Center Transit Station - Effective Jan. 17
Bus routes at Reston Transit Station will be moved to different bus bays (passenger loading/unloading areas) to facilitate smoother transfers between routes. View the new bus bay assignments, or look for information posted at each bus bay.
New bus bay assigments are as follows: Bay A -- Route 950, Bay B -- Route 605, Bay C -- RIBS 1, Bay D -- RIBS 2, Bay E -- RIBS 3, Bay F -- RIBS 4, Bay G -- RIBS 5, Bay H -- Route 505, Bay J -- open, Bay K -- Route 574
Everyone got all that? We think we'll just stick with hitchhiking.

2 comments:

  1. I've yet to take the bus in Reston despite taking one almost every day while growing up in NYC. As exciting as those rides through Times Square were, I decided driving a car was more to my liking, once I got out of the city. How are the buses here in Reston? And why does Firefox think that "Reston" is a spelling error?

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  2. The Convict in the GulagJanuary 18, 2010 at 10:07 AM

    I've rode buses in the cities and I've rode in the 'burbs. I prefer 'burb buses. At least here in America anyways.

    What I don't get is why the changes to the bus lines by-pass the very people who need them most (the elderly) and the places they want to go (like shopping centers)? Are they just trying to turn them into commuter buses? Are we only supposed to take them from our neighborhoods to visit our friends in their neighborhoods?

    Interestingly enough, folks on the 1, 2 and 3 lines lose access to Lake Anne Center, Tall Oaks Shopping Center, South Lakes Shopping Center and Hunters Woods Shopping Center.

    The 4 bus still stops at North Point, which only goes to show you that the farther south you go, the less service you get. And, of course, RTC still has access to ALL routes. Heaven forbid that the Abomination on the W&OD should take the same hit as all of the other shopping centers.

    But there's good news for all of you KMart shoppers. At least you'll be able to indulge your urge for Blue Light Specials.

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