Prince William Chamber of Commerce issued the following announcement on Dec. 5.
WOODBRIDGE, VA – OmniRide will start a new Express bus service on Monday, December 17, 2018, providing residents of Haymarket and other western Prince William County communities with a direct connection to the Rosslyn/Ballston corridor while also offering an alternative for drivers who don’t want to pay tolls on I-66.
OmniRide’s new Haymarket – Rosslyn/Ballston Express bus route will operate on weekdays and serve four stops along Heathcote Boulevard, including a new 230-space parking lot that’s being built by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) at Heathcote and Route 15, just off I-66. Destinations will include stops along North Fairfax Drive, Clarendon Boulevard and Wilson Boulevard. Four trips will be available in the mornings and there will be four return trips in the afternoons and evenings on 57-seat motor coach buses. Additional trips can be added as ridership grows.
“This new Express bus route will be a game-changer for residents who don’t want to deal with traffic or tolls on I-66,” said Prince William County Supervisor Ruth Anderson. Anderson also serves as Chair of the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC), which oversees OmniRide. “Instead of stressing out about their commute or paying tolls to arrive at work on time, riders can relax in a comfortable seat and read or get a few extra minutes of sleep, knowing they’ll have a reliable trip.”
To celebrate the start of the new Haymarket route, free fares will be offered for two months – through February 15, 2019!
And when that free ride promotion ends, Haymarket riders will still get a discount! As an incentive to reduce traffic volume while the I-66 Express Lanes are under construction, all OmniRide buses that travel on I-66 are offering half-fares! The half-fare promotion is funded by VDOT and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation to encourage commuters to use transit for approximately the next four years while Express Lanes construction is under way. As a result, the one-way SmarTrip fare on the new Rosslyn/Ballston route will be $3.45 instead of $6.90.
“OmniRide has wanted to offer additional bus services in western Prince William for years, but a lack of commuter parking in the area has been a major obstacle. The construction of this new lot and others that VDOT will open in future years will enable OmniRide to offer some greatly-needed commuting options in the I-66 corridor,” said Prince William County Supervisor Jeanine Lawson, who represents the Brentsville District and also serves on the PRTC Board.
In the western part of the county, OmniRide currently offers Express bus services in Gainesville and Manassas to destinations in Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.
The new Haymarket route will be funded in part by tolls collected on the I-66 Express Lanes. See maps and timetables for the new route.
For additional information about OmniRide’s services, contact Customer Service at 703-730-6664 or Omni@OmniRide.com.
The Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC), operating as OmniRide, provides express and local bus services as well as ridesharing services in Prince William County, the City of Manassas and the City of Manassas Park. It also co-sponsors the Virginia Railway Express in partnership with the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission.
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