CUE Bus (City-University-Energysaver[4]) is a bus service operated by the City of Fairfax, Virginia, and is completely separate from the Fairfax Connector bus service run by Fairfax County. In 2021, the system had a ridership of 414,300, or about 1,800 per weekday as of the fourth quarter of 2021.

CUE (City-University-Energysaver)
Fairfax CUE logo.svg
CUE 2009 Gillig Advantage BRT-HEV 830.jpg
ParentCity of Fairfax, Virginia
LocaleFairfax, Virginia
Service typebus service
Routes2
Stops186 [1]
FleetGillig[2]
Daily ridership1,800 (weekdays, Q4 2021)[3]
Annual ridership414,300 (2021)[3]
Fuel typeDiesel, Diesel-electric
Websitecuebus.org

Routes and servicesEdit

CUE operates two loop routes between George Mason University and the Vienna Metro station, each running in both directions for a total of four named routes. The Green loop, consisting of routes Green 1 (clockwise) and Green 2 (counterclockwise) operates on the east side of Fairfax, while the Gold loop, consisting of routes Gold 1 (clockwise) and Gold 2 (counterclockwise) operates on the west side.

In addition to providing service to GMU and Vienna Metro, the CUE serves all major activity centers in the City of Fairfax, including downtown, Kamp Washington, Old Town Fairfax, Fairfax Circle and Fair City Mall.

In 2009, the City of Fairfax partnered with Montgomery County, Maryland, in the purchase of new buses. As a result, six 35-foot, low-floor Gillig Hybrid buses were added to the fleet in August 2009. These new buses are expected to consume much less fuel, as they operate off an electric engine when operated at 35 MPH or lower, and 35 MPH is the maximum speed limit in Fairfax.[5] The CUE Bus system owns and operates twelve additional 35-foot, low-floor Gillig clean diesel buses in its fleet, half of which replaced the remaining 30-foot Gillig Phantom buses in the fall of 2015, the other half entered service in May of 2022.

FleetEdit

Image Builder and
model
Model year Length Numbers
(Total)
Vehicles
in service
Fuel type
  Gillig
Low Floor BRT
2009 35 ft (11 m) 827–832
(6 buses)
6 Diesel hybrid
  2015 833–838
(6 buses)
6 Diesel
2022 839-844
(6 buses)
6

Retired fleetEdit

Year Builder and model Numbers Year
retired
Notes
1982 Transportation Manufacturing Corporation
T-30 CityCruiser
801–803 1997
1986–87 Bus Industries of America
Orion I (01.502)
804–809 1998
  • 804–808 were 1986 models, 809 was a 1987 model.
1990 810–814 2003
1997–98 Gillig
Phantom 30'
815–820 2009–2010
  • 815–816 were 1997 models, 817–820 were 1998 models.
2003 821–826 2015

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Appendix A: Listing of Bus Stops and Shelters". Retrieved March 22, 2015.
  2. ^ "Fairfax CUE Transit Development Plan: Fiscal Years 2011–2016" (PDF). Retrieved August 4, 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Transit Ridership Report Fourth Quarter 2021" (PDF). American Public Transportation Association. March 10, 2022. Retrieved June 7, 2022.
  4. ^ "City of Fairfax, VA : CUE Bus Rider Information". City of Fairfax, Virginia. Retrieved March 22, 2015.
  5. ^ "CUE Bus Adds Six Hybrid Buses to Fleet". City of Fairfax, Virginia. Archived from the original on 2015-04-06. Retrieved June 27, 2016.

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