DASH (bus)

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DASH Alex logo.svg
DASH 37 at King Street Metro.jpg
A DASH Gillig Phantom at King Street – Old Town station
Slogan Keeping Alexandria Moving
Parent City of Alexandria
Founded 1984
Headquarters 3000 Business Center Drive, Alexandria, VA
Service area Alexandria, Virginia
Service type Bus service
Alliance WMATA
Routes 10 and the King Street Trolley
Daily ridership 13,900 (Q2 2016)[1]
Annual ridership 4,209,500 (2015)[2]
Fuel type Diesel, Diesel-electric Hybrid
Operator Alexandria Transit Company
Website dashbus.com
DASH sign on a lamppost on Duke St.

Driving Alexandria Safely Home (DASH) is the public bus system for the city of Alexandria, Virginia, operated by the Alexandria Transit Company.

The Alexandria Transit Company's DASH system provides safe, reliable, and courteous bus service within the City of Alexandria, and connects with Metrobus, Metrorail, Virginia Railway Express, and all local bus systems. DASH serves all of the Alexandria Metrorail Stations and the Pentagon Metrorail station during morning and evening peak periods.

Alexandria Transit Company (ATC) is a non-profit service corporation wholly owned by the City of Alexandria and currently operates at 85 buses, which also consists of the King Street Trolleys. ATC provides a fixed-route bus service within the City of Alexandria on nine routes and carries more than four million passengers annually. ATC operates transit services within portions of the City of Alexandria and between the City and the Pentagon Metrorail Station. ATC’s purpose is to supplement the regional rail and bus service provided by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and to provide a local bus service to the City of Alexandria.


In 1981, in anticipation of the opening of the Metrorail stations and the subsequent reordering of Metrobus service, the City Council authorized a feasibility study for a city-sponsored bus system. In 1982, the study recommended a five-route system, using 18 buses.

In 1983, the City Council developed an RFP (Request For Proposal) for management companies to develop a detailed plan for the operation of transit service in the City of Alexandria. The city chose to establish a non-profit public service cooperation that would be wholly owned by the City. This arrangement provided means by which:

  • The transit system could be run as a business-type enterprise, and
  • City Council could retain overall policy control yet be free from the day-to-day operation of a transit system.

On October 23, 1983 the City Council set up a Transitional Task Force and, on January 24, 1984, instructed the City Attorney to proceed with the incorporation of a non-profit company. The certificate of incorporation was issued by the State Corporation Commission on January 31, and the organizational meeting of the company was held February 6.

In January 1984, the General Manager employed by the Management Company that was awarded the management contract reported for duty and final preparations began for the opening of revenue service on March 11.


DASH carries over 12,000 passengers per weekday[3] within the City of Alexandria, Virginia. The AT8 route, which runs through the Duke Street corridor, is DASH's busiest route with about 3,000 rides per weekday. In 2011, DASH ordered three new 40' Gillig Low Floor diesel-electric hybrid buses, which are 5' longer than the rest of the DASH fleet.[4] These buses went into service in April 2012. Five additional 40' Gillig Low Floor diesel-electric hybrid buses went into service in March 2013. The new 40' buses are used on the AT8 route to reduce crowding. On July 28, 2014, DASH introduced the new AT9 Crosstown Route. The AT9 provides crosstown connections between Mark Center, Southern Towers, Northern Virginia Community College, Bradlee Shopping Center, Shirlington Transit Center in Arlington, Parkfairfax, Arlandria and Potomac Yard.


DASH's current base fare as of July 1, 2018 is $1.75 for riders paying cash or SmarTrip. In 2007, DASH converted its buses to allow the use of the WMATA SmarTrip, an electronic debit farecard. DASH continued to accept and issue paper transfers until they were eliminated altogether January 1, 2013.[5]


DASH operates using 79 Buses.[6] All buses are equipped with bike racks.[7]

Manufacturer Model Image Year Quantity Notes
Orion International Orion V
an Orion V on AT5 route
1999-2008 31 (#59-68 retired as of June 2017). . 68-99
Gillig Corporation Phantom
A Gillig Phantom at King Street – Old Town station
1996-2007 4 . 100-104
Low Floor
a Kitsap Transit Gillig Low Floor
Low Floor Trolley^
a County Connection Gillig Low Floor Trolley
2011-2015 400-405

^operates under the King Street Trolley branding

Bus routes[edit]

Routes Route Description
AT1 Van Dorn Street station - Southern Towers and Seminary Plaza
AT2 Braddock Road station – Lincolnia via Old Town Alexandria
AT2X King Street – Old Town – Mark Center
AT3 Hunting Point – Parkfairfax and Pentagon station
AT4 Old Town Alexandria – Parkfairfax and Pentagon station
AT3/4 Old Town Alexandria via Parkfairfax Loop
AT5 Braddock Road stationVan Dorn Street station
AT6 King Street – Old Town - Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC)
AT7 Nannie J. Lee Center - Landmark Mall via Eisenhower Avenue
AT8 Van Dorn Street station and Landmark Mall - Old Town Alexandria
AT9 Potomac Yard Shopping Center - Mark Center via Shirlington
AT10 King Street – Old Town - Potomac Yard Shopping Center
King Street Trolley Potomac River Waterfront - King Street – Old Town


  1. ^ "Transit Ridership Report Second Quarter 2016" (pdf). American Public Transportation Association. August 22, 2016. Retrieved 2016-11-14 – via http://www.apta.com/resources/statistics/Pages/ridershipreport.aspx.
  2. ^ "Transit Ridership Report Fourth Quarter 2015" (pdf). American Public Transportation Association. March 2, 2016. Retrieved 2016-03-19 – via http://www.apta.com/resources/statistics/Pages/ridershipreport.aspx.
  3. ^ "Transit Ridership Report First Quarter 2016" (pdf). American Public Transportation Association. May 19, 2016. Retrieved 2016-09-17 – via http://www.apta.com/resources/statistics/Pages/ridershipreport.aspx.
  4. ^ "DASH To Preview New Hybrid Low-Floor Bus And Trolley". Alexandria News. December 7, 2011. Retrieved 2016-09-17.
  5. ^ "Important DASH Pass News!". Alexandria Transit Company. October 17, 2012. Retrieved 2016-07-17.
  6. ^ "Alexandria Transit Company 2016 Transit Development Program" (PDF). Alexandria Transit Company. February 27, 2015. Retrieved 2016-09-17.
  7. ^ "Bike-N-Roll on All DASH Buses". Alexandria Transit Company. February 20, 2013. Retrieved 2016-07-17.

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