New Connector route will link Route 1 to Kingstowne, Franconia-Springfield Metro

A Fairfax Connector bus heads down Richmond Highway in January.

A new Fairfax Connector route running between the Franconia Springfield Metro Station and Inova Mount Vernon Hospital will begin service at the end of March.

The newly christened Route 308 will begin service March 30 and include stops at Jeff Todd Way and Richmond Highway, as well as at the Hilltop Village Center at Telegraph and Beulah Street, allowing corridor residents access to Wegmans and other businesses in Kingstowne.

On weekdays the 308 will begin service at 5:45 a.m. and will make its last stops at 10:20 p.m. On weekends it will run between 7 a.m. to 8:20 p.m. The full route can be seen below and on the Fairfax Connector website.

Map of route
(Click to enlarge)

The new route and a handful of other Fairfax Connector services changes were approved at the Board of Supervisors’ February 19 meeting. Two Richmond Highway-area routes — the 161 and 162 connecting the Hybla Valley area with the Huntington Metro — had their schedules tweaked. The 161 will also stop service an hour earlier on weekdays, with the final stop at 10:24 p.m. at the Huntington Metro.

The creation of the Route 308 and another new route in the Dunn Loring/Tysons Corner area triggered what is known as a Title VI review.
The review is designed to ensure transit polices do not discriminate against people due to race, color and national origin, as directed by the Civil Rights Act. Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay saluted the work of community members who participated in the review during the Board meeting.

“Know that your involvement made a difference, and the communities you represent made a difference in making this decision today,” McKay said at the meeting. “I want to thank you for that and say keep up the good work.”