A new free shuttle service is coming soon to downtown Reston to connect the RTC underground station to the urban core of Reston.
LinkRTC, the new privately funded shuttle service run by the Reston Town Center Associationshould begin operating on weekdays when the station opens in the fall. Six stops are planned for the internal shuttle, which will provide a free service from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays.
RTCA Executive Director Robert Goudie said the shuttle is intended to connect area residents, workforce and visitors to a network of restaurants, retail, workplaces and programming.
“Downtown continues to grow as a vibrant regional destination,” Goudie wrote in a statement. “We see the linkRTC as an important community facility that will connect downtown to the metro.
Reston Limo and Travel Service, a local transportation company, will operate two 14-passenger vans that will run with 10-minute intervals between services at each stop. The company has more than 250 vehicles.
Vans are ADA compliant and include two wheelchair accessible seating positions. Properties within the RTCA that opt in to the service will pay for the service under a cost-sharing arrangement.
“As we explored this with our major landowners, it became clear that a reasonable first phase would be to roll it out to the extended urban core,” Goudie told FFXnow. “Once we have launched, other properties that may wish to stop and be part of the finance solution can contact us about the possibility of signing up. This may be a service that we can voluntarily develop over time.”
Goudie plans to expand the program throughout downtown in the coming years.
Hunter Mill District Supervisor Walter Alcorn said the shuttle will help reinforce Fairfax County’s vision to ensure the development makes it easy for people to get to public transit.
“It supports Fairfax County’s investment in Metrorail, provides another multimodal option to growing downtown Reston, and creates another alternative to private single occupancy vehicles in the Heart of Reston. These are things everyone in our community should support,” Alcorn wrote in a statement.
The RTCA is the governing body of the RTC.
Signs will be posted at each stop. An app will also be available for runners.
The shuttle has been under construction for years. The county’s latest comprehensive plan for Reston envisions the inclusion of a shuttle or circulator service to connect downtown to the subway.
The RTCA will launch the service once trains start running at the station, possibly in October this year, after years of delay.