OmniRide Celebrates 35 Years of Service

OmniRide celebrates with 35 days of fun activities, prizes

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 WOODBRIDGE, VA – OmniRide is marking 35 years of providing mobility services for the National Capital region, and is inviting the community to join in on 35 days of celebrations! 

There will be contests, a digital scavenger hunt, and a chance to win prizes. The public may even learn OmniRide history and about exciting future plans along the way.

What is OmniRide? 

OmniRide offers Local bus service in Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park; Express service for commuters along the I-95 and I-66 corridors to  employment centers in Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.; and Metro Express which connects riders with Metro Stations.

OmniRide also offers assistance to carpoolers and vanpoolers and coordinates a variety of employer services to help businesses to implement and expand commuter benefit programs.

35th Anniversary Celebration

OmniRide is celebrating its 35th anniversary. And in honor of our anniversary, we thought that we would pause a moment to celebrate and to take a look back at our achievements and milestones to see how far we've traveled on our 35-year journey. We will host a 35-day celebration, ending on September 15, 2021.

Weekly contests... be sure to check back weekly

We’ll run several fun contests that will also share interesting facts and visuals related to the OmniRide Family of Mobility Services.  Maybe you’ll learn some tidbits along the way.  Be sure to check back with OmniRide weekly on our website and click the “Weekly Contest” button on the menu on the right of the page. You could be a winner!!

Scavenger Hunt

How good is your eyesight? Test yourself and you might be a winner.  Our anniversary logo is hidden on ten pages within the site. Hunt about the site and see if you can find them. As you cruise through the site, you may learn new things about OmniRide and our services. Just click the “Digital Scavenger Hunt” link on the menu on the right to submit your entry.

OmniRide 1986-2021 & Beyond

Currently, OmniRide’s fleet is comprised of more than 150 buses. In FY 2019-2020 OmniRide carried a total of 1.8 million passengers on buses and 1.2 million passengers in vanpools.

OmniRide, the operating name for the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC), was created by the Virginia General Assembly in 1986 and has operated bus services in the Prince William County area since 1991.

Initially, the mission was to help oversee the startup of the Virginia Railway Express train service. However, in 1991, while the commuter rail service was still in the planning stages, Prince William County asked PRTC to take over the area’s commuter bus service, which was then known as COMMUTERIDE. The bus service was renamed OmniRide in 1995.

There have been many milestones for OmniRide, the latest being the opening of the Western Bus Maintenance and Storage Facility in Manassas. Starting with the June 2021 service change, buses were dispatched from the Western Facility for the first time.

This new facility allows for OmniRide to improve and expand transit services for western Prince William County residents and the business community, and will help to reduce congestion along the I-66 corridor.

To kick-off 35th anniversary celebrations, OmniRide, in partnership with the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA), hosted a ribbon cutting for OmniRide’s Western Bus Maintenance and Storage Facility on August 11th.

Find more information about OmniRide's 35 year history and the celebration here! 

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