Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Nieghboring Bus Service to Tysons Corner Not That Crowded So Far

According to a report on, four commuter buses from Woodbridge bound for Tysons Corner are running less than half full, leaving transportation officials hoping more people will ditch their cars for the bus.

"The Tysons Corner Express runs four weekday morning trips, with stops at the Virginia Railway Express station in Woodbridge and a commuter lot at Va. 123 and Interstate 95. Each weekday afternoon, the bus runs four return trips, picking up passengers at points in Tysons Corner and bringing them back to Woodbridge.

"Each bus has wireless Internet access – a first for public transit buses in Virginia – and open seating where riders can use their laptops while easing their way to work without the headaches of driving their cars in Beltway traffic, said Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission spokeswoman Christine Rodrigo.

"But with all of the amenities, the $3 million state-funded bus service is running at only 14 percent capacity, carrying an average of 66 passengers per day, an average of 17 riders per trip."

Is the "success" of the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission bus service about what you think it would be or does it just need more time to catch on? And overall, do you think bus service is worth the expense to the taxpayer?

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