Thursday, June 16, 2011

Loudoun County Transit Receives State Award for Tysons Express Bus Service

The Loudoun County Tysons Express Bus Service has been recognized as an outstanding program by the Virginia Transit Association (VTA).

The Loudoun County Office of Transportation Services received an Honorable Mention Award at the annual VTA conference held in Portsmouth, Va., on June 9.  The honor is awarded annually, recognizing transit systems which have implemented a significant, exceptional or innovative program that improves public transportation or the services or processes of the transit system. Accepting the award were Steve Angulo, Transit Manager for the Tysons Express service, and Nancy Gourley, Chief, Transit and Commuter Services. 
Loudoun County Transit began operating express bus service to Tysons Corner in June 2010.  The service operates Monday through Friday with seven morning and afternoon trips.  Buses originate from the Leesburg and Broadlands South park and ride lots and drop passengers at 18 bus stop locations in Tysons Corner.  In September, a shuttle service from the Tysons Westpark Transit Station was added to serve the employment sites on the east side of Tysons.   
According to a county press release, "to better understand where and when people wanted to travel to Tysons Corner," staff held two public meetings to gather input from potential Tysons Express riders. Residents also completed an online survey. Staff received over 250 completed surveys with 190 indicating a strong interest in riding the bus. Average daily passenger trips grew from 144 per day in July 2010 to 255 per day in February 2011.  The highest one-day total to date is 337 passenger trips.   
Loudoun Tysons Express and the accompanying shuttle service are a strategy of the Dulles Metrorail project Transportation Management Plan (TMP), funded by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.   
Information about the Tysons Express service is available online at or by calling the Loudoun County Office of Transportation Services at 703-771-5665.   

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