In a region notorious for its traffic woes, getting to work or even just the grocery store can be daunting. In Prince William County and the Manassas area, commuters are fortunate to have travel options other than getting behind the wheel. The Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC) offers a variety of services to help residents get around more easily.
One benefit to living in our region is the proximity to Washington, D.C.—but the traffic-clogged commute can make the city seem much farther away than it really is. OmniRide buses provide a stress-free ride from the eastern Prince William, Manassas and Gainesville areas to downtown D.C., the Pentagon, the Navy Yard, Crystal City, the Mark Center, Rosslyn/Ballston and Tysons Corner. Riders can take back their commute by catching up on some reading or taking a nap while someone else does the driving.
Looking for an easy way to travel to a Metrorail station, without the hassle of parking? The Metro Direct bus is a perfect solution. Three routes—Prince William, Manassas and Linton Hall Metro Direct—connect the Woodbridge, Manassas and Gainesville areas with nearby Metro stations. Passengers can transfer to a variety of services, including Fairfax Connector and Metrobus, to expand their travel options.
PRTC buses also connect riders with the Virginia Railway Express stations in Woodbridge, Quantico, Manassas and Manassas Park, where passengers can catch a train to Alexandria, Crystal City, or Washington, D.C.
For those traveling locally, OmniLink buses run throughout eastern Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park. Popular destinations include libraries; recreation centers; medical offices; schools and college campuses; and various shopping centers. The Cross County Connector provides service between eastern Prince William and Manassas.
PRTC’s services aren’t limited to buses. Commuters looking for carpool and vanpool options can register for OmniMatch, a free, personalized ridematching program.
More information, including routes and fares, is available at www.PRTCtransit.org.
(Editor’s Note: PRTC wrote and sponsored this story.)