OmniRide service will run from dawn to dusk

The Cross County Connector and Manassas Metro Direct bus routes will expand to all-day service starting Monday for OmniRide users.

Manassas residents will have bus service from 4:25 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. traveling to the West Falls Church Metrorail station every half hour during rush hours and every hour the rest of the day on weekdays at $1.75 per trip. Three morning trips also will be made to the Vienna Metrorail station.

The Cross County Connectors daily trips will increase from five to 23, at 75 cents a trip, with stops including the Potomac Rappahan-nock Transportation Commission Transit Center, Potomac Mills, McCoart Administration Center, Manassas Junction Shopping Center, Old Town Manassas and Manassas Mall.

An early morning trip has been added to the Prince William Metro Direct for east county residents. It departs from the Transit Center at 5:30 a.m. and arrives at the Franconia-Springfield Metrorail station at 6 a.m.

“What we have is greatly expanded from what we had in the past,” said PRTC spokeswoman Sheila Larson. “We know there is demand for both of these services, particularly on the Cross Country Connector service.”

In the morning, an average of 85 people use OmniRide to get to the West Falls Church and Vienna Metrorail stations, and 100 persons use the service in the afternoon from the West Falls Church station, Larson said.

The all-day link also gives reverse-commute travelers access to the Manassas area.

“It just opens up all types of job opportunities,” she said.

Commuters who slug into the city now know they can take a bus home throughout the day, she said.

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