The Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission announced a new afternoon shuttle bus service between the popular Horner Road commuter lot at Interstate 95 and the lot at the First Baptist Church of Woodbridge at Prince William Parkway and Minnieville Road.
Beginning May 2, commuters who take a later bus or carpool home from work will be able to catch one of three shuttles from the Horner Road lot back to the church lot.
The first of the shuttle’s three weekday runs begins at 7:05 p.m., then runs again at 7:26 p.m. and again at 8:30 p.m., according to a PRTC schedule.
The shuttle bus comes after commuters complained they don’t park at the church lot because of the lack of late bus service, jeopardizing a guaranteed ride home.
The shuttle will be free for those transferring from one OmniRide bus to the shuttle, while all other will pay $1.20.
Earlier this year, Prince William County officials entered a $289,000 per year lease with the church for 370 of its parking spaces. Each weekday, the overwhelming majority of those parking spaces go unused.
The county decided to lease the parking spaces after Potomac Mills mall reduced the number of commuter parking spaces it agreed to let commuters use by 75 percent.