Sometimes OmniRide is unable to operate regular service due to weather, disruptive events, or other emergencies. During those times, this Emergency Service Plan (ESP) will be implemented to provide passengers with the safest and most efficient transportation possible during challenging conditions. In extreme situations, OmniRide may need to delay, further reduce, or temporarily suspend bus services. Sign up at OmniRide.com to receive Rider Express emails and text message notifications about the ESP.
- The ESP may be independently activated for OmniRide Express, OmniRide Metro Express, OmniRide Local, and OmniRide Cross County Connector buses based on emergency conditions.
- If the ESP is activated in the morning, regular service may resume in the afternoon based on the status of the emergency; or the ESP may be activated in the afternoon even if buses operated on the regular schedule in the morning.
- Road and traffic conditions may cause delays.
WHEN WILL THE PLAN BE ACTIVATED?
The ESP will be activated when weather causes unsafe conditions, or when events that would severely disrupt our ability to serve passengers are taking place. When bad weather is expected, OmniRide will check weather service forecasts by 3 a.m. to determine if the ESP will be activated that morning. Another check will be made at 10 a.m. to determine the level of afternoon/evening service.
The ESP will be activated if forecasts predict the Washington, D.C. metro area will receive:
- Four or more inches of snow; or
- Accumulations of freezing rain or ice; or
- Sustained winds of at least 40 miles per hour
HOW WILL YOU KNOW THE PLAN IS IN EFFECT?
No news is good news! OmniRide announces a change in its operating status only when it is NOT operating as regularly scheduled. If you don’t see or hear alerts as listed below, OmniRide buses are operating regular service.
When bad weather is expected, customers should check for the following notifications starting at 4 a.m. for morning service and at 11 a.m. for afternoon service:
- A Rider Express email or text message (sign up at OmniRide.com)
- An alert at OmniRide.com
- A recorded message at (703) 730-6664
- Announcements on local television stations and on WTOP radio (103.5 FM) if time and circumstances warrant.
During unanticipated events, notifications via these same methods will be made as soon as possible.
WHICH STOPS WILL NOT BE SERVED?
During weather events:
- Prince William area bus stop signs with a snowflake sticker WILL NOT BE SERVED when the ESP is in effect.
- Roads that are unsafe for bus travel will not be served.
- South Route 1 OmniRide Express buses will only serve stops along Route 1; No service to stops along River Heritage Boulevard, River Ridge Boulevard or Wayside Drive.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
When the ESP is in effect because of weather conditions or unanticipated events, rides on the affected bus services are free on the first day the plan is activated.
When the ESP is activated for scheduled events or for multiple consecutive days, passengers will pay the current OmniRide Metro Express fare (for service to/from Metrorail stations) or the current OmniRide Local fare (for service beginning and ending in Prince William, Manassas and Manassas Park).
HOW WILL OMNIRIDE EXPRESS ROUTES OPERATE?
When the ESP is in effect, there is no service to or from Washington, D.C., the Pentagon, Crystal City, Rosslyn/Ballston or Mark Center, and no local routing in Tysons Corner.
OmniRide Express buses that travel in the I-95 corridor will transport passengers to and from the Franconia-Springfield Metrorail Station only.
- In the AM, buses will start service at their regular times, but will drop off passenger only at the Franconia-Springfield Metro Station (before the Greyhound Station). Buses will serve all Prince William area stops (except those listed in the Which Stops Will Not Be Served section).
- In the PM, service from the Franconia-Springfield Metro Station will begin at 12 noon. Passengers will find OmniRide Express buses to the left of the station exit, past the Greyhound Station.
- For PM service departing from the Franconia-Springfield Metro Station:
- Dale City passengers should board a Dale City bus. Riders bound for stops along Minnieville Road will be dropped off after the bus passes the Lindendale Commuter Lot.
- Lake Ridge passengers should board a Lake Ridge bus.
- Montclair passengers should board a Montclair bus.
- South Route 1 passengers should board a Montclair bus and transfer to a waiting shuttle at the Route 234 Commuter Lot. During weather events, there is no service to stops along River Heritage Boulevard, River Ridge Boulevard or Wayside Drive.
- Tysons OmniRide Express passengers should travel to the Franconia-Springfield Metro Station and board any Lake Ridge bus to return to the Route 123 Commuter Lot, or board a Prince William Metro Express bus and disembark at Route 1/Occoquan Road to return to the Woodbridge VRE Station.
OmniRide Express buses that travel in the I-66 corridor will transport passengers to and from the Tysons Corner Metrorail Station only.
- In the AM, buses will start service at their regular times, but will drop off passenger only at the Tysons Corner Metro Station. Buses will serve all Prince William area stops (except those listed in the Which Stops Will Not Be Served section).
- In the PM, service from the Tysons Corner Metro Station will begin at 12 noon. Passengers will find OmniRide Express buses by exiting the Metro station, turning right and going uphill to the OmniRide bus stop sign.
- For PM service departing from the Tysons Corner Metro Station:
- Gainesville passengers should board a Linton Hll Metro Express bus.
- Manassas passengers should board a Manassas Metro Express bus.
HOW WILL OMNIRIDE METRO EXPRESS ROUTES OPERATE?
The Prince William Metro Express route will operate according to its published schedule. Road conditions may cause delays.
The Manassas Metro Express and Linton Hall Metro Express AM routes will operate according to published schedules. In the PM, separate buses will leave the Metro station for Manassas and Linton Hall every 20 minutes. Road conditions may cause delays.
HOW WILL OMNIRIDE LOCAL AND
CROSS COUNTY CONNECTOR ROUTES OPERATE?
When the ESP is activated for OmniRide Local and Cross County Connector services:
- All previously booked OmniRide Local off-route trips are cancelled for that day.
- OmniRide Local on-demand stops are served upon request.
- OmniRide Local buses will stop at all signed bus stops where it is safe to do so except:
- Bus stops with a snowflake sticker ARE NOT SERVED.
- Dale City – No service along Darbydale Avenue or to the stop at Dale Boulevard/Gideon Drive.
- Dumfries – No service along Potomac Center Boulevard, Neabsco Mills Road, Fuller Heights Road or Old Triangle Road.
- Route 1 – No service on River Ridge, Powells Creek (except for the stop at Powells Creek and Woodmark), or to Quantico beyond the front gate.
- If road conditions improve, OmniRide Local buses may resume operating regular service in the afternoon, may return to regular routing, and will consider booking new same-day off-route trips. Road conditions may cause delays.
- The OmniRide Cross County Connector will operate according to published schedules as road conditions allow.
Whatever the situation, OmniRide will make the decision to implement the
Emergency Service Plan with your needs in mind.
Our goal, as always, is to provide customers with safe,
consistent transportation at maximum service levels.
We’re available to answer your questions
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5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.