DASH (bus)

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For the Downtown Area Short Hop (DASH) bus service in Los Angeles, see Los Angeles Department of Transportation § DASH. For the Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH) bus service in Hartford, see Hartford, Connecticut § Transportation. For the Davidson Avenue Shuttle (DASH) bus service in New Jersey, see Somerset County, New Jersey § Transportation.
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 12,400 (Q1 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, a non-profit organization wholly owned by the city.


DASH was founded in 1984 with a fleet of 17 buses[3] by the City of Alexandria to supplement Metrobus service within the city. In its first year of operation, DASH carried less than one million passengers. Today, DASH carries over 4 million passengers a year and has a fleet of 79 buses.


DASH carries over 12,000 passengers per weekday[1] 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 is $1.60 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
2000-2007 41
Gillig Corporation Phantom
A Gillig Phantom at King Street – Old Town station
1996-2007 13
Low Floor
a Kitsap Transit Gillig Low Floor
2011-2012 20
Low Floor Trolley^
a County Connection Gillig Low Floor Trolley
2011 5

^operates under the King Street Trolley branding

Bus routes[edit]

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


  1. ^ a b "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. 
  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. ^ "DASH Alexandria Transit Announces Launch of Website Redesign". Alexandria Transit Company. March 10, 2009. Retrieved 2016-07-17. 
  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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