Passengers on all OmniRide Express buses serving routes in Manassas, Gainesville and Haymarket are taking advantage of big discounts on fares while construction is under way to add Express Lanes on I-66.

Riders pay half-fares on OmniRide Express buses that travel along the I-66 corridor for the duration of the Express Lanes construction, which is expected to last until 2021. The half-fares are funded by the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation to mitigate congestion along I-66 during construction. The goal is to encourage commuters to use transit rather than driving alone. 

One-way SmarTrip fares on OmniRide Express buses to the Pentagon, Rosslyn-Ballston, and points in Washington, D.C. are $3.45 instead of the regular $6.90 fare, and on buses serving the Metro station are $1.75 instead of the regular $3.45 fare.

“Not only do OmniRide passengers ride for half-price during construction of the Express Lanes, but they also get the added benefit of relaxing during their commute so they won’t be too exhausted to engage with family and friends or enjoy the long summer days,” said OmniRide Executive Director Bob Schneider.

The discount applies to:

  • Manassas OmniRide Express buses serving the Pentagon and Washington, D.C.;
  • Gainesville OmniRide Express buses serving the Pentagon and Washington, D.C.;
  • Haymarket OmniRide Express buses serving Rosslyn-Ballston;
  • Manassas Metro Express buses serving the Tysons Corner Metro Station; and
  • Linton Hall Metro Express buses serving the Tysons Corner Metro Station.

There are currently four primary commuter lots where passengers can board I-66 OmniRide buses, but riders traveling to the Pentagon or Washington, D.C. are strongly encouraged to use the Portsmouth Road Commuter Lot, off Sudley Road in Manassas, because it has ample parking and adequate bus seating availability. 

Those whose destination or work schedule makes it difficult to use transit can take advantage of the OmniRide Ridesharing service, which helps people find carpools and vanpools. By simply filling out an online form with basic facts about their commute, commuters can be matched via a regional database with others interested in sharing their daily commute. 

To learn more about OmniRide Ridesharing and OmniRide bus services – including route maps and timetables – visit OmniRide.com or speak with a Customer Service Agent at (703) 730-6664.