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Board sets hearing date for Tysons tax district

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing in December on whether to establish a type of tax district, known as a service district, for Tysons Corner.

The hearing will be at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 4 in the Fairfax County Government Center auditorium. This action would establish the district, and the board would later set the tax rate during budget discussions in the spring.

Last month, the board approved a conceptual funding plan for about $3 billion in transportation projects in the Tysons area during the next 40 years. The service district would be one part of the overall funding, but the county views it as important in that it is a predictable funding source that could be used to back bonds.

During a public hearing on the funding plan in mid-October, many residents of the Rotonda condominiums spoke in opposition to the proposed new tax.

Supervisor Linda Smyth (D-Providence) requested that county staff do more outreach about the service district to other Tysons-area communities.

“There are all of those developments along the edges of Tysons that really have not been particularly involved and really don’t know what’s going on or what the impact will be,” she said.

In-person absentee voting hours extended

After in-person absentee voting was canceled Monday and Tuesday due to Hurricane Sandy, the Board of Elections agreed to extend the hours at satellite polling places for the last few days.

The satellite voting centers will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Saturday is the last day to vote in-person absentee.

At the Fairfax County Government Center, absentee in-person voting hours will be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Visit for a list of satellite voting centers.

County sets fares for new express buses

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved the fare schedule Tuesday for the new express bus service to Tysons Corner.

The three new bus routes travel from Burke, Lorton and Springfield to Tysons. One-way fares are set at $3.65. Seniors and people with disabilities will pay $1.80. Riders can transfer to a local bus for free, and rail passengers can transfer to the express bus for a 50-cent discount off the regular fare. The fares are consistent with what Metro charges for its express buses.

During the first year, the three express bus routes combined are expected to carry 435 riders per day on average, and ridership is projected to grow to 800 trips daily.

This new service will ferry commuters from the Burke Centre Virginia Railway Express (VRE) station, Lorton VRE station and Springfield area to Tysons. The first route — Burke Centre — will start running in January 2013, and the other two are scheduled to begin in March.

The express routes will stop at the four new Metro stations in Tysons when they open next year and will have several stops throughout Tysons. The buses will use the 495 Express Lanes to bypass traffic on the Beltway.