Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission

Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC) is an American public transportation system in Prince William County, Virginia, plus two adjacent independent cities, Manassas and Manassas Park, that together are surrounded by the county. Services provided by PRTC include OmniRide, OmniRide Local, and OmniRide Ridesharing Service.

Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission
Headquarters14700 Potomac Mills Road, Woodbridge, Virginia, U.S.
Service typeBus service
Routes13
Fleet150 buses
Daily ridership11,400 (2015)[1]
Annual ridership2,904,800 (2015)[1]
Fuel typeDiesel
Websitewww.PRTCTransit.org

Organization

The Commission was established in 1986. It consists of representatives from each local jurisdiction, the Chairman of the Commonwealth Transportation Board and two members of the House of Delegates and one member of the Senate from the related legislative districts.[2] Together with the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission PRTC operates the Virginia Railway Express. By 1986, it became apparent that the jurisdictions outside of NVTC could not reach agreement on how to support VRE by joining NVTC so PRTC was created. Legislation established a 2% motor fuels tax to support VRE expenses and other transportation investments.

PRTC operates a carpooling and vanpooling project called "OmniRide Ridesharing Service" (formerly "OmniMatch").[3] PRTC participates in the SmarTrip rechargeable fare card program with other public transportation agencies.[4]

Fleet

The PRTC bus fleet consists of the following models (As of July 2019):

OmniRide

Year Builder Model Powertrain
(Engine/Transmission)
Fleet Number
(Quantity)
Length (ft.) Fuel Propulsion Notes
2002-2005 MCI D4500 300-360
(61)
45 Diesel
  • Many units are now in storage, some units retired
  • 327, 328, and 336 were sold to DASH
2005 Gillig Phantom 184-188
(5)
40 185 and 187 were sold to DASH
2007-2008 MCI D4500CL
  • Cummins ISM
    • Allison B500R
361-383
(23)
45
2010 Gillig Advantage
  • Cummins ISL
    • Allison B400R
189
(1)
40
2011 MCI D4500CT
  • Cummins ISX11.9
    • Allison B500R
384-387
(4)
45
2012 Gillig Advantage
  • Cummins ISL9
    • Allison B400R
190-199, 1000-1002
(13)
40
2012 MCI D4500CT
  • Cummins ISX12
    • Allison B500R
388-392
(5)
45
2014
  • Cummins ISX12
    • Allison B500R
393
(1)
45
2016 Gillig Advantage
  • Cummins ISL9
    • Allison B400R
1003-1009
(7)
40
2017 MCI D4500CT
  • Cummins ISX12
    • Allison B500R
394-398
(5)
45
2018-2019
  • Cummins X12
    • Allison B500R
3000-3036
(37)
45
2019 Gillig Low Floor BRT
  • Cummins L9
    • Allison B400R
1010-1012
(3)
40

OmniRide Local (formerly OmniLink)

Year Builder Model Powertrain
(Engine/Transmission)
Fleet Number
(Quantity)
Length (ft.) Fuel Propulsion Notes
2005 Gillig Advantage 262, 267-270
(5)
29 Diesel Used rushhours only
2010 Low Floor
  • Cummins ISL9
    • Allison B400R
272
(1)
29
2013
  • Cummins ISL9
    • Allison B400R
273-288
(16)
29
2016
  • Cummins ISL9
    • Allison B400R
289-294
(6)
29

Fares

As of August 1, 2019 fares are:[5]

Regular Fares

OmniRide Metro Express (formerly OnmiRide Metro Direct)

$3.60 (using cash); $2.90 (using SmarTrip)

OmniRide Express (between Northern Virginia and Washington, DC)

$9.20 (using cash); $6.90 (using SmarTrip)

OmniRide Cross County Connector

$1.30 (using cash or SmarTrip); $2.50 (Day Pass, SmarTrip Only)

OmniRide Local

$1.30 (using cash or SmarTrip); $2.50 (Day Pass, SmarTrip Only); $1 off-route surcharge

Routes

Local

  • L1 Dale City
  • L2 Dumfries
  • L3 Manassas
  • L4 Manassas Park
  • L5 Woodbridge/Lake Ridge
  • L6 Route 1
  • Cross County Connector

Metro Express (formerly Metro Direct)

  • Linton Hall Metro Express: This route operates between Gainesville and the Tysons Corner Metro Station. Service began in late 2004. Service to Tysons Corner began July 2014.
  • Manassas Metro Express: This route operates between the City of Manassas and the Tysons Corner Metro Station. Service to Tysons Corner began July 2014.
  • Prince William Metro Express: This route operates between Woodbridge and the Franconia–Springfield Metro Station (now with Saturday service).

Express

  • R1 Dale City: This route operates between Dale City, Pentagon and Crystal City; between Dale City and Downtown Washington; between Dale City and Washington Navy Yard
  • R2 Lake Ridge: This route operates Lake Ridge, Pentagon and Crystal City; between Lake Ridge and Downtown Washington.
  • R3 Manassas: This route operates between Manassas, Pentagon and Downtown Washington, with connections to Crystal City.
  • R4 Montclair: This route operates between Montclair, Pentagon and Downtown Washington.
  • R5 Route 1: This route operates between Triangle, Dumfries, Woodbridge, Pentagon and Downtown Washington.
  • R6 Rosslyn/Ballston: This route operates between Dale City, Woodbridge and Pentagon/Rosslyn/Ballston.
  • Tysons Express: This route operates between eastern Prince William County and Tysons Corner. Service began November 9, 2009.
  • H Haymarket: This route operates between Haymarket and Rosslyn/Ballston. Service began December 17, 2018.

References

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