Starting July 5, Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission’s (PRTC) fares will increase, and some of the routes and pickup times will change.
“As of July 5, fares will increase an average of 5%. The one-way fare on OmniRide commuter buses will increase from $6.20 to $6.50, Metro Direct commuter buses will rise from $3.10 to $3.25, and OmniLink local buses will increase from $1.40 to $1.50,” stated a release.
PRTC operates 17 commuter routes and 7 local routes and serves residents in Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park, according to a release.
In fiscal year 2016, PRTC buses carries around 11,200 passengers each day, stated a release.
Following budget troubles, and a multi-million dollar shortfall, the OmniRide commuter bus routes, starting July 5, will offer fewer trips on Fridays and will not operate on several holidays including Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President’s Day, Columbus Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Friday, and Christmas Eve, stated a release.
More on PRTC’s route changes, from a release:
The Capitol Hill OmniRide route is eliminated.
Dale City OmniRide buses no longer service Crystal City. Instead, passengers going to Crystal City must ride a Lake Ridge OmniRide bus, or transfer to one.
Many OmniRide buses no longer serve neighborhood routing; instead service begins and ends at area commuter lots.
Manassas Metro Direct buses no longer offer all-day round-trip service between Manassas and the Tysons Corner Metro Station. In the morning, buses travel only from Manassas to Tysons, and in the afternoon/evening, buses travel only from Tysons to Manassas.
Manassas OmniLink local bus route is split into two separate routes: Manassas OmniLink-North and Manassas OmniLink-South. The buses meet at Manassas Mall at specific times to enable passengers to transfer.
Manassas Park OmniLink offers service only on the counter-clockwise Loop A routing, and buses meet up with the Manassas OmniLink North and South routes at Manassas Mall to enable passengers to transfer.
For more information about the changes and bus schedules, click here.