Commuters across Prince William County and Manassas may find their ride to work affected for the second day due to a work stoppage on OmniRide buses.
The union contract that OmniRide operators had with First Transit, the line's service contractor, has expired and on Thursday a work stoppage went into effect.
Over the morning commute, OmniRide advises changes on these lines:
- OmniRide Express buses in the I-95 corridor will take riders to and from the Pentagon Metro Station approximately every 30 minutes between 4:30 — 8:30 a.m.
- OmniRide Express buses in the I-66 corridor will run at least every 30 minutes to the Tysons Corner Metro Station between 4:30 — 8:30 a.m.
- Fares on OmniRide Express buses will be free.
- OmniRide Local buses will not make off-route trips.
- VRE Shuttle Service will not operate, allowing OmniRide to divert those resources to other trips.
This plan is a modified version of OmniRide's emergency service plan.
The work stoppage comes as Northern Virginia's public transit lines are already squeezed because a string of Blue and Yellow line Metro stations are shutdown through the summer.
Passengers are advised to look at alternatives, including OmniRide's Metro express bus to Franconia-Springfield, taking VRE, Vanpool or slugging, the transit authority says. Franconia-Springfield's Metro service is closed for summer, but shuttles from the station are available.
It's unclear when the work stoppage will end.
"OmniRide values and appreciates its entire workforce and respects the union’s right to collectively bargain for wages and fringe benefits," OmniRide said in a press release.