The Reston Association has sent the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors a letter criticizing the proposed cuts to most Fairfax Connector service in Reston, suggesting fee hikes and reduced service as an alternative.
Sadly, the RA didn't make fun of the proposed Particleboard Beltway, which, to be fair, is the awesome idea from the brilliant minds at the airport authority, not the county. Instead, in the letter, RA President Robin Smyers makes the same point we've made before: that cutting mass transit in areas slated for higher density goes against the purpose for the higher density in the first place.
The Reston community has been working closely with the County in preparing for the advent of rail to the Dulles Corridor and associated transit-oriented development at three stations – Wiehle Avenue, Reston Town Center, and Herndon/Monroe. As you are aware, building bus ridership before, during and after construction of rail is essential to the success of the transit-oriented, urban commerce centers planned throughout the Dulles Corridor, and to the overall mass transit system of Fairfax County. The upward momentum in bus ridership that has been achieved over the years may be severely thwarted by cutbacks that would inherently limit commuters’ choices and ability to meet their travel needs. Once this momentum is lost, it may take years to rebuild. Efficient and effective bus service is essential to Fairfax County being able to accommodate burgeoning growth in travel demands in the future, particularly in communities such as Reston.Rather than eliminate routes outright, the RA is recommending that rates go up, frequency go down, and that fees be instituted at the park and ride lots to help keep the buses rolling.
Meanwhile, the Save Our Buses group continues collecting signatures on a petition it hopes to present to the Board of Supervisors later this week. Obviously, they'll have to drive it over there.