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Tysons Buses Retimed after Opening of 495 Express Lanes

By Potomac Local February 19, 2013 1:00 pm

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Dozens of OmniRide busses are lined up ready to go out on the afternoon runs at PRTC in Woodbridge.

Dozens of OmniRide busses are lined up ready to go out on the afternoon runs at PRTC in Woodbridge.

News from Content Partner PRTC

WOODBRIDGE, Va. – The Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC) has revised its OmniRide Tysons Express schedules now that the I-495 Express Lanes have opened and personnel have had an opportunity to gather new data about travel times.

By using the new Express toll lanes, which are free for buses and HOV 3+, PRTC has been able to reduce the travel time on its commuter bus service between Woodbridge and Tysons by an average of 20 minutes. That means Tysons Express riders can get to and from work even faster while still having “found time” during their commute – the time to do things one can’t do while driving such as snoozing, checking emails, reading a book and maybe even getting some work done through the free Wi-Fi available on the bus.

The new schedules, which took effect on February 18, are available in print and online at PRTCtransit.org.

Tysons Express buses serve two local stops: at the Woodbridge VRE station and the Route 123/ I-95 commuter lot, before taking the HOV lanes on I-95 and the Express Lanes on I-495 to Tysons. There, commuters have their choice of 16 destinations and also can connect to a shuttle serving eastern Tysons.

There are four Tysons Express trips in the mornings and five return trips in the afternoons. Easy transfers are available at the Woodbridge VRE station for those who ride VRE and live south of Prince William County. In fact, VRE monthly pass holders ride for free in the mornings when boarding the bus at the Woodbridge VRE station and only have to pay a bus fare for the evening commute. To encourage people to try Tysons Express, promotional fares are offered at $2.65 with a SmarTrip card or $3.30 cash.

The Tysons Express service is funded by Virginia Megaprojects – a partnership between the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation and the Virginia Department of Transportation.

To learn more about Tysons Express or the other commuting options available through PRTC, call our Customer Service Office at (703) 730-6664 or visit PRTCtransit.org.

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