Monday, January 12, 2009

Good News if You Want to Go to the Inauguration... Free Bus Rides

Virginia will provide free rides for Inauguration Day aboard Loudoun County (LC) Transit Commuter Bus on Tuesday, January 20.

Buses will operate between park and ride lots in Loudoun County and the West Falls Church Metrorail station. Morning buses to West Falls Church on Metro’s Orange Line will depart as early as 4:05 a.m. Buses will return to Loudoun County at regular intervals between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. LC Transit representatives will direct passengers to their appropriate buses at West Falls Church Metro.

The free Inauguration Day service, which replaces the regular commuter bus schedule on January 20, includes:
  • Purcellville—Departures from Franklin Park every 20 minutes between 4:05 a.m. and 6:35 a.m. Returns from West Falls Church Metro every 30 minutes between 3:00 and 8:00 p.m.
  • Leesburg—Departures from 110 Catoctin Circle, S.E. every 10 minutes between 4:10 a.m. and 7:10 a.m. Returns from West Falls Church Metro every 15 minutes between 3:00 and 8:00 p.m.
  • Dulles North Transit Center—Departures every 5 minutes between 4:15 a.m. and 7:05 a.m. Returns from West Falls Church Metro every 10 minutes between 3:00 and 8:00 p.m.
  • Dulles South—Departures from Stone Ridge Village Center in Aldie every 20 minutes between 4:40 a.m. and 6:40 a.m. From 3:00 to 8:00 p.m., passengers may return to Dulles North from West Falls Church every 10 minutes. Shuttles from Dulles North to Dulles South will depart every 20 minutes until 8:30 p.m.
  • Cascades area—Five scheduled departures from Broad Run Farms, Cascades and Lowes Island to West Falls Church between 4:39 a.m. and 8:04 a.m. Six scheduled returns between 3:10 p.m. and 7:55 p.m.

While all rides on LC Transit buses will be free, passengers boarding Metrorail will need to purchase fare cards or use SmarTrip cards at Metrorail stations. Purchasing fare cards in advance will ease travel on Inauguration Day. Additional Metrorail passenger information is available at

The Office of Transportation Services has a limited supply of $7.80 Inauguration Day Commemorative one-day fare passes and SmarTrip cards available for purchase by cash or check. The office is located on the 4th floor of the Government Center, 1 Harrison St., S.E., Leesburg. Business hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. However, Loudoun County government will be closed Friday, January 16 in observance of Lee-Jackson Day and Monday, January 19, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

For complete details on the free Inauguration Day bus service, including Loudoun County park and ride locations and all LC Transit bus schedules for Inauguration Day, visit or call 703-771-5665.

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