Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Why cutting Fairfax Connector service is a bad idea (reason 5 of 6)

Reason 5: Because the wealthiest county in the U.S. should be able to fund its own "mini-beltway."

Now I have nothing against Loudoun County (indeed, it contains the Leesburg Outlets and Hunters Head Tavern). But I'd rather see the funds for their Route 606 and Route 50 expansions come from somewhere else than Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority when MWAA funding shortfalls are the reason behind our proposed service cuts.

This article explains it better than I could hope to.

Short-Sighted Transit Proposal in a Nutshell

To close the gap created by a loss in outside revenue from Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority for Fairfax Connector operations in the Dulles Corridor, the budget proposal includes the following increase in fares and reductions in service:

◦A fare increase from $1.25 to $1.50 on the base fare.

◦Elimination of seven routes.

◦Creation of one route to replace a small portion of eliminated routes 552, 553, 554 and 557.

◦Reduction in the number of late-night trips, generally operating after 8:30 or 9 p.m., depending on the route.

◦Elimination of Sunday service in the Dulles Corridor.

•The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will adopt a final FY 2011 budget on Apr. 27

You can do something!

Read about the proposed cuts.

Submit your comments online.

Sign up to speak at a public hearing April 4, 5 or 6.

Call the budget hotline: 703-324-9400.

Call your district supervisor (if you live in Fairfax County)


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