The Metropolitan Washington D.C. area is known for its congestion, but residents can save time and money by considering the transportation options offered by the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission. PRTC provides safe, reliable and flexible transportation options that will help you get where you need to go!
With service to Washington, D.C., the Pentagon, Mark Center, Tysons Corner, and other points in Northern Virginia, OmniRide is a stress-free way to start and end your day. Buses travel in the Express Lanes to speed your commute. Services are offered on weekdays during rush hours, and some mid-day service is available. Routes start in Dale City, Gainesville, Lake Ridge, Manassas, Montclair and Woodbridge.
When you need to get to Metrorail, PRTC’s Metro Direct buses make it easy! The Prince William Metro Direct provides all-day weekday service between eastern Prince
William County and the Franconia-Springfield Metro station.
- Manassas area residents can ride the Manassas Metro Direct during weekday rush hours to and from the Tysons Corner Metro Station.
- Gainesville area residents can ride the Linton Hall Metro Direct during weekday rush hours to and from the Tysons Corner Metro Station.
OmniLink local buses are Your Link Around Town! Buses operate on weekdays in Dale City, Dumfries, Quantico, Lake Ridge, Woodbridge, Manassas Park and Manassas. There’s also Saturday service on routes serving eastern Prince William County. Have a lot of travel to do in a single day or week? Simply load a Day Pass or a Weekly Pass onto your SmarTrip card and get unlimited local rides. Half-fares and discounted passes are available for customers who are age 60 or older, those with a disability and those with a valid Medicare card.
With its unique flex-routing, OmniLink can travel up to ¾ mile off the standard route to pick up or drop off customers. Off-route trips must be booked at least two hours in advance by calling PRTC’s Customer Service Department at 703-730-6664. There is a surcharge for using an off-route bus stop; however, the fee is waived for customers who qualify for reduced fares.
Cross County Connector
Those who need to travel between the Manassas area and eastern Prince William County choose the Cross County Connector. Weekday service connects Potomac Mills Mall with Manassas Mall and points in-between, and it’s easy to transfer to another PRTC bus along the way.
OmniMatch Ridesharing Program
Interested in joining a carpool or vanpool? It’s easy to get started with PRTC’s free OmniMatch RideSharing service. Just answer a few basic facts about your commute at www.PRTCtransit.org and your information will be entered into a regional network database to see if there are others who live and work near you who also have similar work hours.
Virginia Railway Express
VRE offers two rail lines with weekday service to points in Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. Commuters in the I-95 corridor can catch a train on the Fredericksburg line, while those in the I-66 corridor can take a Manassas line train to their destination. Learn more at www.VRE.org.
On-The-Go Travel Training
Some people want to use public transportation but don’t ride because they are not familiar with the services and how they operate. PRTC’s On-The-Go Travel Training Program is designed to help potential riders get over the hurdle of the unfamiliar and become confident users of public transportation. This free program provides one-on-one or group training.
Employers who want to make commuting less stressful and costly for their staffs have a tremendous resource at their fingertips! OmniSmartCommute offers free consultations with employers in Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park to create, implement and expand commuter strategies. These programs help to expand sustainability initiatives and provide businesses with recruitment/retention tools. Consider providing reserved parking for carpoolers, installing bike racks and showers for those who bike to work, and offering flextime, compressed work weeks and telework.
Whether you’re commuting to work, visiting the sights in Washington, D.C., or just need a reliable way for your teen to get to after-school activities, PRTC has The Ride That’s Right For You! For more information, call customer service at 703-730-6664 or visit www.PRTCtransit.org.
Mass Transportation Benefit Program
The Mass Transportation Benefit Program was established in October 2000 and is offered to eligible employees and military service members, to the extent authorized by law and regulation, to reduce pollution and traffic congestion, preserve the environment, and expand transportation alternatives.
Under this program, participating employees in the National Capital Region (NCR) receive “transit passes” in amounts equal to their personal commuting costs, not to exceed $265 per month (parking costs not included). To receive this benefit, employees must relinquish any federally subsidized parking permit, and may not be listed as part of a DOD carpool for purposes of qualifying for a parking pass. For more information, go to www.whs.mil/mass-transportation-benefit-program.
Fredericksburg Regional Transit
Bus service serving Stafford, Spotsylvania and Caroline Counties and Fredericksburg City. www.ridefred.com/
MCBQ Transportation Branch
VRE Commuter Shuttle Service
A shuttle service that will transport Marine Corps Base Quantico Virginia Railway Express (VRE) commuters to their work locations, reducing traffic congestion on base and increasing the number of participants using DOD’s National Capital Region (NCR) – Transits Subsidy Program to offset individual commuter costs. For more information call Base Motor Transport at 703-784-2254/2255 or for maps and schedule visit www.quantico.marines.mil/OfficesStaff/G4Logistics/TransportationBranch.
All passengers must present a valid DOD Common Access Card to the taxi driver before transport; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, closed weekends and federal holidays. n