Loudoun County will begin to phase in the largest update to its transit system in over a decade in concert with the opening of the Metrorail’s Silver Line extension, which includes three new stations in Loudoun County: Dulles International Airport, Loudoun Gateway, and Ashburn. Loudoun’s plan includes 21 new Silver Line bus routes and 156 new bus stops throughout the county. Loudoun’s transit system updates will improve overall service to and from Metrorail stations in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties.
Service Impacts at Launch
Due to a nationwide bus driver shortage, the county will initially provide Silver Line bus services on limited schedules. As a result, some routes will be served by vans instead of the county’s standard transit buses. Initially, the new routes 331, 332, 341, 342, 343, 344, 351, 373, 374, and 375 will be serviced by a Loudoun County Transit van.
In addition, the county’s contractor, Keolis, has indicated a potential for a driver strike beginning November 16. If a strike occurs, the county’s bus services could be further impacted. Any changes to the county’s bus services will be announced as quickly as possible.
Users of the bus service should visit the county’s website for ongoing, up-to-date information regarding the county’s Silver Line bus services throughout this rapidly evolving situation. Regular updates will be posted at loudoun.gov/buschanges. Loudoun County Transit riders are encouraged to sign up for rider alerts at loudoun.gov/rideralerts to stay informed about all changes to county’s bus services.
New Silver Line Bus Routes
Loudoun County Transit and Commuter Services will begin the new Silver Line bus routes, including paratransit service, on Wednesday, November 16, 2022, at 5:00 a.m. The bus routes will take passengers to and from the Ashburn and Loudoun Gateway stations in Loudoun County and to and from the Innovation and Reston Town Center stations in Fairfax County.
Members of the public will notice a new naming and numbering system of the Loudoun County bus routes, which minimizes any confusion with other jurisdictions’ bus route numbering systems. Paratransit bus service that offers ADA-accessible buses is also available within three quarters of a mile of all the new routes.
Listed below are the 21 new Loudoun County bus routes, the Metrorail stations they connect to, and a summary of the route. Expanded bus service routes will be phased in over the next several months.
For additional details about each route, including the location of bus stops, times of routes and maps of routes, visit loudoun.gov/silverlinebusroutes.
Connected to the Ashburn Station – North Bus Bays:
Connected to the Ashburn Station – South Bus Bays:
Connected to the Loudoun Gateway Metro Station:
Connected to the Reston Town Center Metro Station:
Connected to the Innovation Center Metro Station:
To see all Silver Line bus routes and the new bus stops on a map, view the Loudoun County Transit System Map for Local and Metro Connecting Bus Routes (PDF).
Park and Ride Lot Closures
On November 16, the Broadlands and Loudoun Station Park and Ride lots will close. Carpool and vanpool customers are advised to search loudoun.gov/facilities for a convenient park and ride lot.
Plan Your Trip
To plan your trip regionally by Metrorail, use Metro’s Trip Planner at wmata.com/tripplanner, which includes Metrorail service and bus service to and from Metrorail stations.
To plan your trip by bus and to get real-time information for Loudoun County, download Transit, a mobile app that helps you plan a trip on Loudoun County Transit buses. The app features real-time tracking and information, service alerts and trip planners. For details, visit loudoun.gov/transitapp.
For More Information
Visit loudoun.gov/riderinformation for details about Loudoun County Transit, including commuter, local-fixed route, Metro connection and paratransit bus services; planning a trip; service alerts; and how to ride safely.
Everything commuters need to know about accessing and using Metro from Loudoun County is posted at loudoun.gov/silverline.
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