Metrobus (Washington, D.C.)

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WMATA Metrobus
WMATA Metrobus logo.svg
Wmata new metrobuses.png
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority BRT buses that are painted in the newer Local and Express paint schemes.
ParentWMATA
FoundedFebruary 4, 1973; 46 years ago (1973-02-04)[1]
HeadquartersWashington, D.C.
LocaleWashington Metropolitan Area
Service areaWashington Metropolitan Area
Service typeLocal, express, limited-stop, bus rapid transit
Routes269[2]
Stops11,129[2]
Fleet1,595[2]
Daily ridership390,746[3]
Annual ridership123,675,724 (2016)[2]
Fuel typeDiesel, Diesel-electric Hybrid, CNG, Electric
OperatorWMATA
General managerPaul Wiedefeld
Websitewww.wmata.com

Metrobus is a bus service operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). Its fleet consists of 1,595 buses covering an area of 1,500 square miles (3,900 km2) in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.[2] There are 269 bus routes serving 11,129 stops, including 2,554 bus shelters.[2] In 2016, Metrobus provided approximately 123.6 million trips.[2] On a typical weekday in June 2017, it provided more than 390,000 trips.[3]

Fares[edit]

As of June 25, 2017, the Metrobus fare structure is as follows for cash and SmarTrip:[4]

  • Local bus routes within the District of Columbia, Central Maryland and Northern Virginia: $2.00
  • Express bus routes (11Y, 17B, 17G, 17H, 17K, 17L, 17M, 18G, 18H, 18P and 29W): $4.25
  • Express Airport bus routes (5A and B30): $7.50

Discounts are available for senior citizens, people with disabilities and D.C. students.

Up to two children, per paying adult, under 5 years of age ride for free. Children at least 5 years of age pay adult fare.

A Metrobus operating the 23A northbound route is seen driving on North Glebe Road in Arlington County, Virginia.

All Metrobuses have SmarTrip card readers which automatically deduct the correct fare from a rider's SmarTrip card (including transfer credit).

Metrobus issued paper transfers until January 4, 2009. Transfers are now currently attainable only through SmarTrip cards.

On June 27, 2010, the transfer window was reduced from 3 hours to 2 hours.[5]

Current active fleet[edit]

The interior of a New Flyer D40LFR Suburban

On July 4, 2018, WMATA awarded a 5-year contract to New Flyer for up to 694 buses, order consist of forty-foot CNG, forty-foot clean diesel, sixty-foot CNG, and sixty-foot diesel heavy-duty transit buses.[6] These new buses will replace Metro's older Orion V buses, which were delivered in 2000, and Metro's older Orion VII CNG buses, which were delivered in 2005–2006. Red/Silver painted buses will be used on local routes and Blue/Silver buses will be used on limited stop routes. These buses will have either "Local" or "MetroExtra" on the top of each side of the bus for easy identification.[7] The numbering represents its region of operation. To differ the regions numbering system, most Maryland letters is "prefix" to the route number and Virginia letters is "suffix" to the "number" of the route. An example is: F12 (Maryland), 16C (Virginia), 36 (DC), A2 or C4 (DC and Maryland), Information can be found here.[8]

WMATA is adding a total of 533 hybrid buses to replace its diesel bus fleet. Each new "New Flyer Xcelsior XDE40" bus costs $571,737 and is expected to break down less frequently as well as offer greater fuel economy. With the latest purchase of 152 hybrid buses for $89.3 million from New Flyer of America, WMATA's Metrobus fleet will consist of 297 diesel buses, 800 hybrid buses and 458 natural gas fueled buses.[9] Additionally, WMATA placed an order for 110 new buses from New Flyer on September 18, 2019.[10]

Image Builder and
model name[11]
Model year Length Numbers
(Total)
Amount in service Energy source Notes
WMATA 2000 Orion V 2176 on Route 83.jpg Orion Bus Industries
Orion V
2000 40 ft (12 m) 2100–2231
(132 buses)
39
retiring
Diesel
  • These buses were temporarily brought back into revenue service as 6301-6375 were transferred to Cinder Bed Division
  • Replaced the 1979 GMC RTSs
  • Last order of 40-ft high-floor buses for WMATA
  • Being phased out and are being replaced by the 2019 XD40s[10]
WMATA Metrobus 2005 Orion VII CNG.jpg

WMATA MetroExtra 2006 Orion VII CNG.jpg

DaimlerChrysler
North America

Orion VII
Original
2005-2006 40 ft (12 m) 2501-2685, 2701-2730
(215 buses)
38
retiring
CNG
  • 2674-2685 were originally painted in the REX scheme until 2014 being replaced by the 2010 DE40LFAs 6550-6561 during rehabilitation
  • 2701–2730 have high-back suburban seating with overhead luggage racks being used on the 5A
  • Being retired and are being replaced by the 2018 and 2019 XN40s[10]
WMATA Metrobus 2006 Orion VII CNG.jpg DaimlerChrysler
North America

Orion VII
Original
2006 30 ft (9.1 m) 3001-3035
(35 buses)
35 To be replaced by XN40s[10]
WMATA Metrobus 2005 New Flyer DE40LF.jpg New Flyer
DE40LF
2005 40 ft (12 m) 6001-6039
(39 buses)
39 Diesel-electric hybrid
  • First Diesel-electric Hybrid buses that WMATA ordered
  • Repainted in the Local scheme between 2014 & 2015
WMATA Metrobus 20006 New Flyer DE40LFR.jpg

WMATA Metrobus 2006 New Flyer DE40LFR in MetroExtra Scheme.jpg

New Flyer
DE40LFR
2006 40 ft (12 m) 6040-6050
(11 buses)
11
  • 6040 was repainted into the MetroExtra livery following an accident in 2009[12]
  • 6041-6050 were repainted into the standard red livery between 2014 & 2015
WMATA Metrobus 2006 New Flyer D40LFR.jpg

WMATA Metrobus 2006 New Flyer D40LFR Express Scheme.jpg

New Flyer
D40LFR
2006 40 ft (12 m) 6101-6217
(117 buses)
116 Diesel
  • 6206–6217 have high-back suburban seating with overhead luggage racks. In 2010, 6212–6217 were repainted into the blue express livery, had extra luggage racks installed and assigned to route B30, replacing older buses that formerly served the route (Orion Vs 4390–4395)
  • 6206 was retired due to damage from an accident in 2011[13]
  • 6101-6211 were repainted in the Local scheme between 2013 & 2015
WMATA Metrobus 2007 New Flyer C40LFR.jpg

WMATA MetroExtra 2007 New Flyer C40LFR.jpg

New Flyer
C40LFR
2007 40 ft (12 m) 2801-2825
(25 buses)
25 CNG 2801-2816 are painted in MetroExtra livery
WMATA Metrobus 2008 NABI 60 BRT CNG.jpg North American Bus Industries
60-BRT
articulated
2008 60 ft (18 m) 5401-5422
(22 buses)
22
  • First buses to be painted in the Red Local Scheme
  • To be replaced by the 2020 XD60s[10]
WMATA New Flyer DE40LFA Rehab.JPG

WMATA MetroExtra 2009 New Flyer DE40LFA.jpg
WMATA Metrobus 2008 New Flyer DE40LFA REX Scheme.jpg

New Flyer
DE40LFA
2008-2009 42 ft (13 m) 6301-6461
(161 buses)
160 Diesel-electric hybrid
  • 6413-6461 are painted in the MetroExtra livery
  • 6367 was retired due to a fire related incident[14]
  • As of June 22, 2018, 6301–6312 were repainted into the REX scheme, replacing the 2010 DE40LFA buses (6550–6561), the latter of which were rehabilitated and repainted back into the red local scheme

WMATA Metrobus 2009 New Flyer DE60LFA Rehab.jpg

New Flyer
DE60LFA
articulated
2009 62 ft (19 m) 5431-5452
(22 buses)
21 5451 was retired due to an accident on August 20, 2017[15]

WMATA Metrobus 2009 New Flyer DE35LFA.jpg

New Flyer
DE35LFA
37 ft (11 m) 3751-3770
(20 buses)
20

WMATA Metrobus 2010 New Flyer DE40LFA Rehab.jpg

New Flyer
DE40LFA
2010 42 ft (13 m) 6462-6609
(148 buses)
147
  • 6550-6561 were repainted into the REX scheme between August and October 2014, replacing the 2006 Orion VII CNG buses (2674-2685) that were originally assigned to the REX route but were reverted back to the red local scheme following rehabilitation being replaced by the 2009 DE40LFA units (6301-6312)
  • 6487 was retired due to a garage incident
  • 6462-6472 were repainted in the blue MetroExtra livery following rehabilitation
WMATA XDE40.JPG

WMATA MetroExtra New Flyer Xcelsior.JPG

New Flyer
Xcelsior XDE40
2011 40 ft (12 m) 7001-7152
(152 buses)
151
  • 7086-7100 are in the MetroExtra livery
  • 7086-7090 were repainted into the MetroExtra livery between September and October 2014
  • 7101-7152 are the first New Flyer XDE40 buses with the Cummins ISB6.7 engine & BAE System HybriDrive Hybrid System transmission
  • 7100 is out of service after crashing into a traffic light pole on February 14, 2019[16]
  • Currently getting rehabbed

WMATA 2012 New Flyer Xcelsior XDE40.JPG 2012 New Flyer XDE40 -7250.jpg

2012-2013 7153-7272
(120 buses)
119
  • 7153-7167 features KIEL Centra Seats
  • 7255 is out of service after a tree fell on the bus[17]
WMATA 2012 Orion VII 3G Hybrid.jpg

WMATA Orion VII 3G HEV in TAGS Scheme.jpg

Daimler Commercial Buses
Orion VII
EPA10 BRT
2012 30 ft (9.1 m) 3063-3087
(25 buses)
25 3082-3087 were painted in a green TAGS livery in late 2016
WMATA 2012 Orion 7.503 BRT.JPG 30 ft (9.1 m) 3036-3062
(27 buses)
27 Diesel
WMATA Metrobus 2014 NABI 42 BRT Hybrid.jpg North American Bus Industries
42-BRT
2014-2015 42 ft (13 m) 8001-8105
(105 buses)
103 Diesel-electric hybrid
  • 8002–8014 were originally assigned to the Metroway route, but were replaced by New Flyer XN40s in December 2016
  • 8055 is out of service due to damage from an accident[18]
  • 8066 is out of service following an accident in 2017[19]
  • On November 29, 2017, WMATA announced that buses would be gradually put back into service, after being out of service for 2 months because of faulty electrical equipment[20]
WMATA Metrobus 2015 New Flyer Xcelsior XDE60.jpg New Flyer
Xcelsior XDE60
articulated
2015 60 ft (18 m) 5460-5480
(21 buses)
20
  • Replaced the 2002 Neoplan AN460s[21]
  • First buses to feature white LED destination signs
  • 5470 is out of service due to repairs
WMATA Metrobus 2016 New Flyer Xcelsior XN40.jpg

WMATA Metroway New Flyer XN40.jpg

New Flyer
Xcelsior XN40
2015-2016 40 ft (12 m) 2830-2993
(164 buses)
162 CNG
  • 2881 is out of service following damage from an accident[22]
  • 2915 is currently out of service for repairs
  • 2981-2993 are assigned to the Metroway route; they displaced older buses used for the service (NABI 42-BRTs 8002–8014)
  • All XN40s (2830-2993) were removed from service in late March 2018[23] due to a report of engines cutting off at low speed, but began carrying customers in service again on April 23, 2018[24]

WMATA 2016 NF Xcelsior XDE40.jpg

New Flyer
Xcelsior XDE40
40 ft (12 m) 7300–7409
(110 buses)
110 Diesel-electric hybrid
WMATA New Flyer Xcelsior XE40.jpg New Flyer
Xcelsior CHARGE XE40[25]
2016 40 ft (12 m) 1001
(1 bus)
1 Electric First all-electric transit bus in the WMATA bus fleet
WMATA 2018 New Flyer Xcelsior XN40.jpg New Flyer
Xcelsior XN40[26]
2018 40 ft (12 m) 3100-3199
(100 buses)
100 CNG
WMATA 2018 NF Xcelsior XDE60.jpg New Flyer
Xcelsior XDE60
articulated[27]
60 ft (18 m) 5481-5492
(12 buses)
12 Diesel-electric hybrid
WMATA 2019 NF Xcelsior XN40.jpg New Flyer
Xcelsior XN40
2019 40 ft (12 m) 3200-3274
(75 buses)
74 CNG 3235 is currently out of service following an accident while on delivery in January 2019[28]
WMATA Metrobus 2019 New Flyer Xcelsior XD40.jpg New Flyer
Xcelsior XD40
4450-4474
(25 buses)
25 Diesel
  • First WMATA New Flyer Xcelsiors to have a short streamline roof[10]
  • To feature Multicolored LED destination signs, non-open frameless windows, USSC-style seats
  • Currently being delivered
  • To replace some 2000 Orion Vs[10]

Future fleet[edit]

Builder and model name Length Year Fleet number Fuel type Notes
New Flyer
Xcelsior XN40
40 ft (12 m) 2020 TBA
(75 buses)[29]
CNG To replace all remaining 2006 Orion VII CNGs (#2700s and #3000s)[10]
New Flyer
Xcelsior XD40
TBA
(25 buses)[29]
Clean diesel To replace the remaining Orion Vs.[10]
New Flyer
Xcelsior XD60
articulated
60 ft (18 m) TBA
(10 buses)[29]
To replace the 2008 NABI 60 BRT CNGs.[10]
  • Note: In 2015, the rest of the NABI BRT order was converted to the New Flyer Xcelsior order, due to New Flyer discontinuing production of its NABI-branded buses.

Retired fleet[edit]

These buses were served by WMATA at one point but were replaced by newer and more efficient buses after serving at least 8 years. Some buses were preserved and some were acquired by museums while the rest of the fleets were scrapped.

Year Builder and model name Numbers
(preserved numbers)
Year Retired Picture Powertrain
(engine and transmission)
Notes
1953 General Motors
Old Looks
(1912) 1988 WMATA GMC Old Looks 1912 at the Bus Roadeo.jpg
  • 1912 is preserved at Landover Metrobus Division.
1959–1974 General Motors
Fishbowls
1000–6724
(1400, 1461, and 6481)
1990s–2000 WMATA GMC Fishbowl 1461.jpg

DC Transit GMC Fishbowl 1400.jpg

  • Detroit Diesel 6V71N
  • Allison VH
  • 4920–4944, 5700–5744 were 1959 models (first buses that was retired in the 1990s)
  • 2525–2539, 4700–4799 were 1960 models
  • 2540–2554 were 1961 models
  • 1301–1324, 2555–2569, 3301–3313, 5800–5874, 5900–5974 were 1962 models
  • 1401–1420, 3314–3318, 6300–6381 were 1963 models
  • 1431–1440, 2570–2577, 3319–3325, 3401–3405, 6400–6499 were 1964 models
  • 2578–2607, 3250–3251, 3501–3527, 6500–6579 were 1965 models
  • 2608–2624, 3621–3635, 6600–6699 were 1966 models
  • 1451–1473, 2625–2640, 6700–6724 were 1967 models
  • 3801–3840 were 1968–1969 models
  • 1001–1030 were 1970–1971 models
  • 1101–1130 were 1972 models
  • 1151–1180 were 1973–1974 models (last buses that was retired in 2000)
  • 1400 and 1461 are preserved at Landover and Bladensburg Metrobus Divisions
  • 6481 is at the Seashore Trolley Museum
1974–1975 AM General
Metropolitan
7000–7619
(7535)
Early 1990s
  • Detroit Diesel 8V71N, Allison VS1-8, Allison VS28
  • Detroit Diesel 6V71N, Allison VS2-6
  • 7535 is preserved in the Virginia Commonwealth Coach and Trolley Museum.[30]
1976–1978 Flxible Corporation
New Looks
(53096 Models)
8000–8661 1999–2001
  • Detroit Diesel 8V71N
  • Allison V730
  • Detroit Diesel 6V71N
1979 General Motors Corporation
RTS II
9001–9115
(9112)
2000–2001 WMATA 1979 GMC RTS on the F4 Metrobus Route at the Silver Spring Metro Station.jpg

WMATA GMC RTS II 9112 at the Bus Roadeo.jpg

  • Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
  • Allison V730
  • Originally equipped with 6V71N engines.
  • 9112 is preserved at Landover Division.
MAN
SG 220
5001–5043 1995
  • D2566 MLUM
  • Renk-Doromat 874A
  • First articulated buses that WMATA operated
1983–1984 Neoplan USA
AN440A
9500–9576
  • Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
  • Allison HT-747
1983 MAN
SG 310
5101–5133 2002
  • D2566 MLUM
  • Renk-Doromat 874B
1986–1987 Flxible
Flxible Metro A
8700–8799, 8950–8975, 8800–8922 2005–2006 Flx on J20.jpg
  • Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
  • Allison V730
  • 8700–8799 & 8950–8975 were without wheelchair lifts (retired mid to late 2005)
  • 8800–8922 were with wheelchair lifts (retired between mid to late 2005 & throughout the year of 2006).
1988 Flxible
Flxible Metro B
9201–9239, 9251–9289 WMATA 9272.jpg
  • 9201–9239 were with wheelchair lifts (retired between mid to late 2005 & throughout the year of 2006)
  • 9251–9289 were without wheelchair lifts (retired mid to late 2005)
Gillig
Phantom
5080–5099 2001
  • Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
  • Allison HTB-748
  • These buses were 30 ft.[31]
  • 5090 is preserved by the Seashore Trolley Museum
1989 Flxible
Flxible Metro B
5151–5185 2006
  • Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
  • Allison V730
  • These buses are 30 ft.
1990 9301–9413 2010–2011 WMATA 9380.jpg
  • Cummins L10
  • Voith D863.2
  • Were with wheelchair lifts.
  • 9318, 9352, 9357, 9386, and 9408 kept the original taillights, even after getting repainted.
9421–9463 2006–2007
  • Were without wheelchair lifts.
  • All units retained their original wraparound taillights.
1991 9481–9498 2009 WMATA 9489.jpg
  • These buses are 35 ft.
  • 9485, 9493 & 9497 were sold to TheBus keeping the same numbers.
  • 9489 had the round LED brake lights still in the 2nd generation scheme.
  • 9490 was repainted in the 3rd generation scheme, but retained its original wraparound taillights.
1992 Bus Industries
of America

Orion V (05.501)
9601–9660 2008 WMATA Orion V 9652 running T17 at Greenbelt.jpg
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50 EGR
  • Voith D863.3E
  • Originally had Detroit Diesel 6V92TA engines & Allison HTB-748 transmissions.
  • Originally came with conventional bulb taillights as well as darker painted steel wheels.
  • 9619 was the first to be painted in the 3rd generation scheme as a prototype in late 1996, having LED taillights.
  • 4 units were sold to TheBus and were renumbered 8033–8036 around 2006–2007.
1993 Flxible
Flxible Metro D
9701–9785 2010 WMATA Flxible 9707.jpg

WMATA Flxible Metro D 9704.jpg

  • Cummins L10
  • Voith D863.3
  • 9704 was retained and painted into Metro's roadeo bus.
  • Originally came with the original wraparound taillights
  • 9773 retain the original wraparound taillights
1994 9801–9835 WMATA 1994 Flxible D bus at the Wheaton Metro Station, operating on the C4 Metrobus Route in the direction of the PG Plaza Metro Station.jpg
  • Cummins M11E (9801–9819)
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50 (9820–9835)
  • Voith D863.3
  • 9801–9819 were originally powered by Cummins L10 engines.
  • Last buses to come with the darker painted steel wheels.
1995 Flxible
Flxible Metro E
4001–4104 WMATA 4101.jpg
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50
  • Allison VR731RH
  • First buses to originally come with ALCOA Aluminum wheels, but after a few years these wheels got replaced with steel wheels.
  • Last Flxible buses operated by WMATA.
North American Bus Industries
(American Ikarus)

436.06
5201–5245 2011 WMATA 5232.jpg
  • Cummins M11E
  • Voith D864.3
  • Originally had ZF 5HP600 transmissions
1997–1998 Orion Bus Industries
Orion V (05.501)
4200–4412
(4271)
2014–2016 WMATA Orion 5 4264.JPG

WMATA 1997 Orion V 4271.jpg

  • Detroit Diesel Series 50
  • Allison B400R
  • 4388–4412 featured suburban styles seats
  • 4271 was repainted into the Metro 4th Generation paint scheme, only used for rodeo purposes at Landover division.
  • 4408 & 4412 are being used as training vehicles.
1999 Orion Bus Industries
Orion V (05.505)
3900–3950 2012 WMATA 3921.jpg

Ride On 30ft Orion V.JPG

  • These buses were 30 ft
  • 30 units were sold to Ride On and were retired in 2014.
1999–2000 Orion Bus Industries
Orion II (02.501)
3701–3742 2008–2009 WMATA Orion II.jpg
  • Cummins ISB
  • Allison AT-545
  • Two buses originally preserved but were scrapped around 2013–2014.
2000 Orion Bus Industries
Orion VI (06.501)
2000–2099 2012 Metrobus Orion VI.jpg

WMATA Orion VI 2082 (REX).jpg

  • Detroit Diesel Series 50
  • Allison B400R
  • Last 40 ft buses that operated on pure diesel before switching to Clean Diesel, Clean Natural Gas buses and Diesel-Electric Hybrid buses in its future bus models.
  • First low floor buses that WMATA ordered.
  • These buses were suddenly retired on April 17, 2012 after engine fires took place on two buses in a span of five days.[32][33]
2001–2002 New Flyer Industries
C40LF
2300–2399, 2401–2464 2016 Metrobus powered with CNG 5198 DCA 03 2009.jpg

WMATA 2001 New Flyer C40LF.JPG

  • Cummins Westport C Gas Plus (2300–2399 & 2401–2462)
  • Doosan GK-12 (2463)
  • John Deere 6081H (2464)
  • Allison B400R
  • Bus 2460-2463 were originally powered by John Deere 6081H engines. Bus number 2464 is the only bus to keep its original engine.
  • 2464 was repainted into the MetroExtra scheme following rehabilitation and kept its John Deere 6081H engine.
  • First Compressed Natural Gas buses that WMATA operated.
  • Originally came with steel wheels, but were later changed to aluminum wheels after getting rehabbed and repainted.
2002 Thomas Dennis
SLF230
3951-3954 2009 GEORGE bus.jpg
  • Cummins ISB
  • Allison B300R
  • These buses were operated for City of Falls Church for services between East and West Falls Church under the "GEORGE" brand
  • These buses were transferred to Arlington Transit on July 6, 2009 and were renumbered to 5296-5299.[34] These buses were repainted to the ART scheme in 2010, when the GEORGE bus system was suspended, and retired between 2012 and 2013.
2002–2003 Neoplan USA
AN460
(articulated)
5301–5321 2015–2016 Neoplan artic.jpg

WMATA 2002 Neoplan AN460A.JPG

  • Detroit Diesel Series 60
  • Allison B500R
  • Last buses that operated on pure diesel
  • Only 5301, 5306, 5309, 5320 and 5321 were rehabbed. All were repainted.
  • WMATA's last order of high-floor buses.

Divisions[edit]

Metrobus's old/ original stop marker design, seen here at Glenmont station. Sign used by WMATA's Metrobus System from 1973, all the way up until June 2012.
Metrobus's new stop marker design as of June 2012. Seen here is an example of WMATA's newly designed Metrobus stop at the BWI Business District light rail station.

There are 10 divisions (a.k.a. depots) in the Metrobus system.[35]

Division Location Areas served Capacity Notes
Andrews Federal Center[36] 38°49′46″N 76°52′56″W / 38.829570°N 76.882310°W / 38.829570; -76.882310 Southwest DC, Prince George's County Opened June 23, 2019
Bladensburg 38°55′23″N 76°58′12″W / 38.922930°N 76.970020°W / 38.922930; -76.970020 Northeast and Southeast DC 257
Cinder Bed Road[37] 38°44′35″N 77°10′59″W / 38.743190°N 77.183030°W / 38.743190; -77.183030 Fairfax County 160 Opened 2018, operated by the private contractor TransDev[38]
Four Mile Run 38°50′35″N 77°03′13″W / 38.843040°N 77.053700°W / 38.843040; -77.053700 Arlington County, Fairfax County 218 Handles West Ox Division routes on the weekends
Landover 38°56′10″N 76°52′31″W / 38.936230°N 76.875320°W / 38.936230; -76.875320 Prince George's County 210
Montgomery 39°02′51″N 77°06′33″W / 39.047630°N 77.109230°W / 39.047630; -77.109230 Montgomery County 240
Southern Avenue 38°52′22″N 76°55′55″W / 38.872710°N 76.931990°W / 38.872710; -76.931990 Southeast DC, Prince George's County 103
Shepherd Parkway 38°48′54″N 77°01′02″W / 38.815040°N 77.017170°W / 38.815040; -77.017170 Southeast and Southwest DC, Prince George's County 250 Opened in 2012
West Ox 38°51′10″N 77°22′22″W / 38.852840°N 77.372760°W / 38.852840; -77.372760 Arlington County, Fairfax County 100 Shared with Fairfax Connector
Western 38°57′31″N 77°05′08″W / 38.958530°N 77.085510°W / 38.958530; -77.085510 Northwest DC 138

Closed divisions[edit]

Division Location Areas served Capacity Notes
Arlington 38°52′41″N 77°06′32″W / 38.878120°N 77.108963°W / 38.878120; -77.108963 Arlington County, Fairfax County Closed in 2008, replaced by West Ox Division
Northern 38°56′49″N 77°01′57″W / 38.946860°N 77.032380°W / 38.946860; -77.032380 Northwest DC 175 Former trolley barn for the Capital Traction Company; closed June 23, 2019 due to structural issues, planned to be rebuilt[39]
Southeastern 38°52′34″N 77°00′28″W / 38.876080°N 77.007870°W / 38.876080; -77.007870 Southeast and Southwest DC Closed in 2008; operations moved to Southern Avenue until the Shepherd Parkway Division opened in 2012
Royal Street 38°48′39″N 77°02′34″W / 38.810950°N 77.042800°W / 38.810950; -77.042800 Fairfax County 83 Replaced by the Cinder Bed Division in 2014
Prince George's Prince George's County Replaced by the Landover Division in 1989

Richmond Highway Express[edit]

A 2009 New Flyer Industries DE40LFA bus that was repainted in the REX blue-and-gold paint scheme at King Street–Old Town station. Pictured here is bus 6302. These buses replaced the 2010 DE40LFAs (6550–6561) in 2018.

Richmond Highway Express, a.k.a. "REX", is a Limited-Stop bus line that operates between King Street–Old Town station and Fort Belvoir along the Richmond Highway corridor in Fairfax County, Virginia. The current "REX" fleet consists of twelve 2009 New Flyer DE40LFA diesel-electric hybrid buses (6301–6312) painted in a blue-and-gold paint scheme, all of which operate out of the Cinder Bed Road division. REX began service on September 26, 2004, replacing parts of the now-former route 9A (which operated between Huntington and Pentagon stations until it was eliminated June 26, 2016).[40] The original REX bus fleet consisted of twelve now-retired 2000 Orion 06.501 (VI) buses wrapped (but not painted) in blue-and-gold paint scheme (2073–2084) before the aforementioned Orion 07.501 CNG buses arrived in 2006. The second "REX" fleet consisted of 12 2006 Orion 07.501 (VII) CNG buses (2674–2685) painted in the blue-and-gold paint scheme, until they were all repainted between June and August 2014. The third "REX" fleet were consisted of 12 2010 New Flyer DE40LFA diesel-electric hybrid buses (6550–6561) before being repainted from June 2018 back into the Red Local Scheme due to the units being rehabilitated.

MetroExtra[edit]

MetroExtra
The MetroExtra logo
A 2007 New Flyer C40LFR bus painted in WMATA's MetroExtra current color scheme running on Route 39

MetroExtra is a Limited-Stop Metrobus service, which operates on Metrobus lines that need extra service and faster service. MetroExtra started service on March 19, 2007 with the 79 that operates between the Silver Spring and Archives stations on the 7th Street/Georgia Avenue corridor.[41] The MetroExtra fleet consists of 16 2007 New Flyer C40LFR CNG buses (2801–2816), 15 2011 New Flyer Xcelsior XDE40 diesel-electric hybrid buses (7086–7100), 49 2008–2009 New Flyer DE40LFA diesel-electric hybrid buses (6413–6461), 11 2010 New Flyer DE40LFA buses (6462–6472), 25 retiring 2005–2006 Orion VII CNG buses (2616, 2626–2629, 2636, 2640–2641, 2643–2644, 2646, 2650–2651, 2655, 2665, 2668, 2670–2671, 2677 and 2680–2685) and 1 2006 New Flyer DE40LFR diesel-electric hybrid bus (6040). MetroExtra buses are painted in the silver and blue scheme. MetroExtra operates 11 bus routes: 16Y, 37, 39, 59, 79, A9, G9, J4, K9, S9 and X9. MetroExtra costs the same fare as Metrobus $2.00 (using cash & SmarTrip). MetroExtra operates from Andrews Federal Center, Bladensburg, Montgomery, Four Mile Run and Shepherd Parkway Divisions.

Metroway[edit]

The Metroway logo
Bus 2986, one of the 13 2016 New Flyer XN40s which replaced the 2014 NABI 42 BRTs (8002–8014) that originally ran the route

Metroway is a bus rapid transit (BRT) service that began on August 24, 2014. The first phase is the Crystal City/Potomac Yard Transitway, which operates on Route 1 in Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia.[42] It is a 5-mile (8.0 km) corridor with 33 platforms and 20 stations located between Pentagon City and Braddock Road.[43] The first 0.8 mile segment in Alexandria runs on a transit lane only. The Arlington County segment began construction in the summer of 2014 and opened April 17, 2016. Metroway originally operated between the Braddock Road and Crystal City stations and was expanded to Pentagon City in April 2016.[44] Thirteen 2016 New Flyer Xcelsior XN40 CNG buses (2981–2993) operate with the blue-and-white Metroway livery. The original Metroway fleet consisted of thirteen 2014 NABI 42 BRT diesel-electric hybrid buses (8002–8014) until they were all repainted in December 2016. The Metroway service, which is operated by Metrobus' Four Mile Run bus division, features dedicated bus lanes, transit signal priority, real-time information, custom designed shelters and stations, as well as near-level boarding at station platforms. A Metroway fare costs the same as Metrobus, which is $2.00 (using cash & SmarTrip).

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