By Amy Taylor
Sponsored by OmniRide
If you commute from western Prince William and you’re tired of paying I-66 tolls, we have some fantastic news for you. Starting Dec. 17, you can catch a direct connection from Haymarket to the Rosslyn/Ballston corridor. The best part is, you can do it completely for free for the first two months!
According to a press release from OmniRide, the new Haymarket – Rosslyn/Ballston Express bus route will operate on weekdays and serve four stops along Heathcote Boulevard. One of the stops will include a new parking lot at Heathcote and Route 15, just off I-66, that’s currently being built by the Virginia Department of Transportation.
The destination stops will be along North Fairfax Drive, Clarendon Boulevard and Wilson Boulevard. The bus will make four trips in the morning and four return trips in the afternoon/evening. Each motorcoach has 57 seats. OmniRide will add additional trips as ridership grows.
“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,” Prince William County Supervisor and Board Chair Ruth Anderson said in OmniRide’s press release.
Until Feb. 15, 2019, passengers can ride this new bus line for free. Once that promotion ends, Haymarket riders will receive a half-fare promotion. This promotion is funded by VDOT and the Virginia Department of Rail and Transportation. The promotion will run while I-66 Express Lanes are being constructed, for approximately the next four years. The promotional cost of a one-way SmarTrip fare on the new line will cost $3.45 during this time.
“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 and board member Jeanine Lawson in the OmniRide press release.
This new line comes in addition to other commuter solutions OmniRide currently provides for the western part of Prince William, including Express bus service in Gainesville and Manassas to destinations in Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. The new schedule is available on OmniRide’s website.
For additional information about OmniRide’s services, contact Customer Service at 703-730-6664 or [email protected].