CUE Bus Celebrates 25 Years with Free Rides Today

Posted: September 27, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

What started as a one-year experiment 25 years ago has turned into an award-winning transit system that provides service to a growing city and the population of a growing university.

The CUE Bus was started in 1980 as a joint venture of the City of Fairfax

and George Mason. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of this successful partnership, all rides are free today.

Before the CUE Bus began operation, George Mason had used a costly charter bus to ferry students between what now is Paul VI High School as its “north campus” and its University Drive location as its “main campus.” In August 1980, the City Council agreed to split with George Mason the cost of a transit system for use both by students and city residents. Thus began the City-University-Energysaver (CUE) bus system.

A year later, a capital grant helped fund the system, which kept the same routes until 1986, when the Vienna Metrorail Station opened. Now, the CUE Bus system has nearly a million riders a year who travel through the city, to George Mason and to the Vienna Metrorail Station.

For information, visit the CUE Bus web site or call 703-385-7859.

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