I was recently contacted by a member of the Sustainable Reston Initiative, which is a committee of the Reston Citizen's Association. They are working to let people in the Reston, and the general Fairfax County area, know about the elimination of certain bus routes and bus service to Reston.
There are many Reston residents who depend on this service to provide transportation to and from their places of employment. It is important that all sides of every issue be heard and I am happy to provide this information to the public via Diane Blust of the Sustainable Reston Initiative.
Diane provided me with the following link to their Initiative and more information about their efforts:
I’m a member of the Sustainable Reston Initiative, a committee of RCA; we are devoted to making Reston a more sustainable community. At the moment, we are working very hard to mobilize people to let the County know how much of a hardship the elimination of bus service in Reston will be. In addition to commuter buses, the County also plans to cut all Sunday service in Reston, including RIBS. Here’s our statement on the situation:
T H E R E S T O N B U S C R I S I S
On June 27th of this year, Fairfax County will eliminate Fairfax Connector bus lines 552, 553, 554, 557,929, 951, and 952.
When that happens, thousands of riders-- commuters, seniors, the disabled and the disadvantaged-- will be stranded with no alternative means of transportation other than their cars-if they have them.
Commuters will be forced either to drive to already jammed "Park and Ride" lots, or drive directly to their workplaces. As a result, Northern Virginia's current transportation nightmare will become even worse, pollution will skyrocket, and many will lose their jobs because they have no other means of getting to their jobs.
And note that nearly all of the cuts are to Reston bus lines--no other jurisdiction is required to sustain such a devastating loss.
Why? Because the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has failed to protect our interests against the aggressive lobbying of developers in Loudon County, Tyson's Corner, and elsewhere. Simply put, our representatives have let us down.
Restonians have put up with a lot in the past, but the time for that is over. We need to help stiffen the spines of our leaders, and insist that they do the jobs we elected them to do. Here are a few ways you can help accomplish that.
- Go HERE to understand why this is happening
- Go HERE to Sign the petition
- Volunteer to help
- Attend upcoming hearings and events
In other words, do something now.
Or start walking.
We also have an on line petition for people to sign.
We are hoping to get as many people as possible to show up and speak at the county budget hearings next week.
I wish Diane and her committee all the best in their efforts to save the current level of bus service to Reston.
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