Newspaper Column: Virginia and Maryland Get Close




Nicoson, William J.

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The Connection


Want a free express-bus excursion to Bethesda or Gaithersburg? Like to travel in uncrowded space? Like to lounge in high-backed, blue plush seats? Like to browse through free newspapers during the ride? Need a built-in power connection for your laptop? Like to whiz past beltway traffic tie-ups by veering to the shoulder? SmartMovers are for you. They leave Tysons Corner every 15 minutes during commuting hours and, during midday, to Bethesda on the hour. Tysons to Lakeforest Mall in Gaithersburg, with a stop on the way at Montgomery Mall, takes about 50 minutes. The 5S Fairfax Connector buses from Herndon and Reston to Tysons connect with SmartMovers at Park Run Drive just South of West Park Drive. On return, catch the 5S by walking Southwest on the West side of West Park Drive to the first bus stop beyond Greensboro Drive.


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Mass transit, Fairfax (VA) Connector, Tysons Corner (VA), Bethesda (MD), Gaithersburg (MD)