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Student Free Fare Program


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Student Free Fare Program

Board Transportation Committee

July 14, 2015

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Student Free Fare Program

  1. 1. County of Fairfax, Virginia Student Free Fare Program Board Transportation Committee July 14, 2015 Stuart Boggs Transit Services Division Department of Transportation Department of Transportation 1
  2. 2. County of Fairfax, Virginia Overview • Background and purpose • Development process • Coordination with schools • Timeline and next steps Department of Transportation 2
  3. 3. County of Fairfax, Virginia Background and Purpose • The student bus pass and school outreach pilot program – Developed in response to a Board matter and the FY2015 budget language requesting the Department of Transportation explore transportation partnerships with Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) • FCDOT staff met with: – Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (WMATA) – City of Fairfax CUE – FCPS – Department of Neighborhood and Community Services • Discussed both short- and long-term opportunities for encouraging increased student and youth ridership on public transit services in Fairfax County Department of Transportation 3
  4. 4. County of Fairfax, Virginia Coordinated Response • Formation of an inter-department/inter- division working group to plan and implement a student bus pass and school outreach pilot program Department of Transportation 4
  5. 5. County of Fairfax, Virginia Student Fare and School Education Program Working Group • Working group established by FCDOT to allow for coordinated planning of student pass and associated school education program • Working group includes representatives from FCDOT and FCPS Department of Transportation 5
  6. 6. County of Fairfax, Virginia Working Group Focus Strategy – • Provide free trips on Fairfax Connector buses to Fairfax County high school and middle school students • Provide students with information on how to use Fairfax Connector bus services Department of Transportation 6
  7. 7. County of Fairfax, Virginia Working Group Focus Defining Program Limitations – • Set-up as an “opt-in” program; a specific pass is required • Passes will be valid on Fairfax Connector only • Passes will be valid between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday • Parent/guardian permission is required • Students will need to conform to the same rules of conduct as all other passengers Department of Transportation 7
  8. 8. County of Fairfax, Virginia Fairfax Connector Responsibilities • Bus operator training • Farebox programming • Public outreach – School outreach – Public outreach • Pass production – Printing cost shared with FCPS Department of Transportation 8
  9. 9. County of Fairfax, Virginia FCPS Responsibilities • Distribution and tracking of passes – Passes have been delivered to FCPS Administration for distribution to schools – All passes contain a unique serial number that will allow individual schools to passes assigned to students • Coordinating with FCDOT on school outreach Department of Transportation 9
  10. 10. County of Fairfax, Virginia Student Bus Pass Department of Transportation 10 SAMPLE
  11. 11. County of Fairfax, Virginia Working Group Accomplishments to Date • Design and development of student pass program – Program operating parameters – Bus pass design and production • Coordinated planning of school outreach program. – Defining in-school outreach at five high schools, as a pilot for the outreach efforts Department of Transportation 11
  12. 12. County of Fairfax, Virginia In-School Outreach • Targeted schools were chosen based on availability of nearby Fairfax Connector bus service, and geographic distribution • Schools – Chantilly High School – Edison High School – Madison High School – Mount Vernon High School – South Lakes High School Department of Transportation 12
  13. 13. County of Fairfax, Virginia Timeline • Working Group Meetings – Began in December 2014 – Group continues to meet to prepare for program start • School outreach • General outreach • Start of pass program – Monitoring of ridership and identification of any issues (i.e. load factors, lost passes, student conduct, load factors, etc.) – Year 1 Department of Transportation 13
  14. 14. County of Fairfax, Virginia Questions? Department of Transportation 14