(Front Royal) – County Administrator Douglas P. Stanley today announced the start of transit service for the Route 340/522 Corridor beginning July 31, 2017, which will extend from Front Royal to the Route 340/522 Corridor and Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) in Middletown. Buses will run Monday through Saturday originating alternately from Royal Plaza or the Warren County Health and Human Services Complex to the Crooked Run and Riverton Commons shopping centers. There will also be limited commuter service to the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren (RSW) Regional Jail and nearby large employers along Fairground Road, Baugh Drive and Toray Drive. The buses will make four runs daily to the LFCC campus Monday through Thursday. To view a copy of the schedule and map, please click here!
Initiated by Warren County in collaboration with the Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission in response to ridership trends and resident input, the new trolley line will provide Front Royal residents with transit access to additional medical care, education, shopping and employment. Riders will pay one $1.00 for a one-way fare. Virginia Regional Transit will operate the service.
According to County Administrator Douglas P. Stanley, “We are extremely excited to get this service established. Since commercial development started taking off in the corridor in 2005, I have heard comments about the need for residents in the Town of Front Royal to be able to get out there to shop or get to work. The need was only exacerbated when the RSW Regional Jail opened in 2014. With over 2,600 industrial jobs in the corridor, in addition to the commercial employment, the bus service has the potential to positively impact the lives of many in this community.
“The service has been made possible through the generous support of our corporate partners including Axalta, Crooked Run Shopping Center, Front Royal-Warren County EDA, FDR Services, The Interchange Group, Lord Fairfax Community College, Nature’s Touch, Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, RSW Regional Jail, Sysco, Toray Plastics, and Valley Health. This is truly a Public-Private Partnership.”
Karen Taylor, Senior Project and Operations Manager at the Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission commented, “This new transit service represents a perfect example of what can be accomplished through true regional collaboration. Without participation from multiple private sector, nonprofit, and governmental partners, this opportunity to physically connect prospective employees to available jobs would have never come to fruition. We are proud that NSVRC was able to play a role in fostering that collaboration.”
Jennifer McDonald, Executive Director of the Front Royal-Warren County EDA added, “The EDA was happy to participate in a much needed service for the residents and employees of Warren County. We hope this opens up employment opportunities for those that do not have access to affordable and consistent transportation to the employers in the corridor.”
According to Russ Gilkison, Superintendent of the RSW Regional Jail, “I am hopeful the trolley service will provide those inmates participating in the work release program, and individuals being released from custody with a safe form of transportation. With the increased traffic speeds on Route 340/522 and during adverse weather conditions, it is not always an ideal option to walk. In addition, the trolley will be a benefit to those in the community who need public transportation access to the Magistrates Office and the jail.”