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Metroway Potomac Yard Line
Metroway logo
System WMATA
Status In service
Began service August 24, 2014 (2014-08-24)
Route type Bus rapid transit
Locale City of Alexandria and Arlington County
Virginia, United States
Start Pentagon City
End Braddock Rd.
Stations 15 (1 planned)
Level Daily
Frequency 6 minutes peak
12 minutes daytime
15 minutes evening
Weekend frequency 20 minutes
Journey time 24 minutes
Operates 5:30 am – 10 pm
Daily ridership 1,957 (May 2016)[1]
Fare $1.75
Route map
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The Metroway is a bus rapid transit (BRT) system of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). It consists of a single line operating in Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia. It opened on August 24, 2014. It is the first bus rapid transit line to open in Virginia and in the Washington metropolitan area.[2]


The service runs from its northern end at the Pentagon City south through Crystal City and Potomac Yard before ending at the Braddock Road Metrorail station. The service runs along a bus-only roadway along Jefferson Davis Highway in Alexandria between Potomac and East Glebe stations, as well as a busway in Arlington. The remainder of the service runs on mixed-traffic roadways.


There are fifteen stations on the route. Ten of the stations offer two-way service, two of the stations, 18th & Crystal and 23rd & Crystal, are northbound-only, and three other stations, 26th & Clark, 23rd & Clark, and Pentagon City, are southbound-only.[3]

The Metroway stations vary depending on location and jurisdiction. The stations consist of side platforms and sidewalk-level bus stops.


Metroway operates seven days a week with longer hours and more frequent service during weekdays. All runs take place on board NABI 42 BRT Hybrid buses with Metroway livery.


As a WMATA Metrobus service, Metroway is integrated within the regional transit network, and is subject to the same fares and transfer rules as any other local Metrobus service. The Braddock Road, Crystal City, and Pentagon City stations offer service for the Metrorail Yellow Line and Blue Line.

The Crystal City VRE station is a short distance (0.1 mile) away from the 18th & Crystal station.

Metroway provides connections to the Mount Vernon Trail at the 18th & Crystal station, and the Four Mile Run Trail at the South Glebe station. Capital Bikeshare stations exist at or near several Metroway stations.


Three additional Metroway stations are planned. Two stations in Arlington opened in April of 2016, and one other in Alexandria is still under construction.

On April 17, 2016, the 33rd & Crystal and Pentagon City stations opened, bringing the total number of operating stations to fifteen. At the same time, a dedicated transit lane, and a peak period transit lane opened in Arlington.[4][5] A third station, the Fayette station, still has an unspecified opening date. While the Fayette and 33rd & Crystal stations are infill stations along the existing route, the addition of the Pentagon City station pulls the route north, changing the northern terminus from Crystal City to Pentagon City. The Fayette and 33rd & Crystal stops will offer two-way service, while Pentagon City is southbound-only.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Crystal City-Potomac Yard Transitway Project". City of Alexandria. Retrieved June 21, 2016. 
  2. ^ Lazo, Luz. "Metroway, the region's first bus rapid transit, to debut in Northern Virginia". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Route | Metroway". Metroway. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  4. ^ Smith, Max (April 17, 2016). "New bus-only lanes open along Jefferson Davis Highway". WTOP. Retrieved April 18, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Crystal City Potomac Yard Transitway - Projects & Planning". Retrieved April 16, 2016. 

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