Metrobus (Washington, D.C.)

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WMATA Metrobus
WMATA Metrobus logo.svg
Wmata new metrobuses.png
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority recently purchased BRT buses that are painted in the new Local and Express paint schemes.
Parent WMATA
Founded February 20, 1967; 51 years ago (1967-02-20)[1]
Headquarters Washington, D.C.
Locale Washington Metropolitan Area
Service area Washington Metropolitan Area
Service type Local, Express, Limited Stop & Bus Rapid Transit
Routes 269[2]
Stops 11,129[2]
Fleet 1,595[2]
Daily ridership 390,746[3]
Annual ridership 123,675,724 (2016)[2]
Fuel type Diesel, Diesel-electric Hybrid, CNG
Operator WMATA
General manager Paul Wiedefeld
Website www.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 provides more than 390,000 trips.[3]

Fares[edit]

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

  • Local bus within the District of Columbia, Central Maryland and Northern Virginia, (except as noted below): $2.00 (using cash & SmarTrip)
  • Express bus: $4.25 (using cash & SmarTrip)
  • Express Airport buses 5A and B30: $7.50

Discounts are available for senior citizens, people with disabilities and DC students.(*must have valid ID)

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.

Express routes: 11Y, 17B, 17G, 17H, 17K, 17L, 17M, 18G, 18H, 18P and 29W.

Transfers and passes[edit]

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). Formerly, Metrobus issued paper transfers which gave the rider free transfers to any regular bus for two hours. Effective January 4, 2009, bus and rail riders must use a SmarTrip card to receive the automatic rail-to-bus transfer credit. If a bus rider pays with cash, they must pay full fare again when transferring to another bus. Bus-to-bus free transfer time for regular buses was also increased to three hours on this date. Transfer is allowed to other Metrobus routes or routes of other regional operators, but Express routes have different requirements. On June 27, 2010, the transfer window was reduced from 3 hours to 2 hours.[5]

Cost of bus fare using SmarTrip
From to Local Buses¹ to Express Buses²
(Metrobus, Fairfax Connector, or Ride-On)
to PRTC routes
Washington Metro $1.50 $3.75 $4.75 to PRTC OmniRide (full SmarTrip fare)
$2.40 to PRTC MetroDirect (full SmarTrip fare)
Metrobus:
All local routes
Free $2.25 $3.50 to PRTC OmniRide
$1.15 to PRTC MetroDirect
Arlington Transit (ART)
Connect-A-Ride
DASH
Fairfax Connector
(except routes 380, 595, and 597)
Ride-On (except route 70)
Free $2.25 N/A
Fairfax Connector routes 380, 595 and 597
Ride-On route 70
Metrobus express routes
PRTC OmniRide
Free Free N/A
The Bus
CUE
Free $2.25 N/A

NOTES:

  1. Local Buses: Metrobus local routes, Ride-On (except route 70), The Bus (Prince George's County), DC Circulator, Fairfax Connector (except Routes 380, 595 and 597), Connect-A-Ride, Fairfax CUE, DASH and Arlington Transit.
  2. Express Buses: Metrobus express routes, PRTC OmniRide, PRTC MetroDirect, Ride-On route 70, Fairfax Connector routes 380, 595 and 597.

Current Active fleet[edit]

The interior of a WMATA (Metrobus) New Flyer D40LFR Suburban

Metro has currently awarded a five-year contract with NABI (now New Flyer) for the procurement of up to 654 new buses. The first batch of 85 NABI diesel-electric hybrid 42-foot buses is already on order, with delivery expected within a year. The new buses will replace some of Metro's older Orion V buses, which were delivered in 1997 and 2000. Going forward, the contract gives Metro the option to order up to 498 additional 42-foot buses and up to 71 60-foot buses over the five-year period. 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.[6] 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. For example: C22 (Maryland) and 15L (Virginia). 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.[7]

Image Builder Manufacture Model Length Order Year Fleet Number Fuel Propulsion Powertrain (Engine/Transmission) Notes Divisions
Orion Bus 42 Mt Pleasant.jpg Orion Bus Industries Orion V (05.501) 40 ft (12.19 m) 2000 2100–2231
(132 buses)
Diesel
  • Replaced the 1979 GMC RTSs.
  • Last order of 40-ft high-floor buses for WMATA.
  • Most retired, some units in reserve in case of shortage.
  • Replaced by 2018 New Flyer XN40's
  • CET Storage
  • Four Mile Run (2105, 2114–2115, 2119 and 2130)
WMATA Metrobus 2005 Orion VII CNG.jpg

WMATA MetroExtra 2006 Orion VII CNG.jpg

Orion VII (07.501) 40 ft (12.19 m) 2005–
2006
2501–2685, 2701–2730
(215 buses)
CNG
  • Cummins Westport C Gas Plus
  • Voith D.864.3E
  • 2674–2685 were formerly used on the REX service; they displaced older buses used for the service (Orion VIs 2073–2084). When newer buses (DE40LFAs) displaced these units, 2674–2676 were repainted in the standard red livery, while 2677–2685 were repainted in the blue MetroExtra livery between June and August 2014.
  • 7 units have been retired and are being used for parts.
  • Bladensburg (2501–2579, 2603, 2616, 2626-2627, 2678–2685)
  • Four Mile Run (2580–2602, 2604-2615, 2617-2625, 2628-2677, 2701–2730)
WMATA 2006 Orion VII CNG 30 ft.JPG Orion VII (07.503) 30 ft (9.144 m) 2006 3001–3035
(35 buses)
  • Cummins C Gas Plus
  • Voith D864.3
  • Bladensburg (3001-3031)
  • Four Mile Run (3032–3035)
WMATA Metrobus 2005 New Flyer DE40LF.jpg New Flyer Industries DE40LF 40 ft (12.19 m) 2005 6001–6039
(39 buses)
Diesel-electric Hybrid
  • Cummins ISL
  • Allison EP40 hybrid system
  • Replaced some pre-1993 40-ft buses.
  • First hybrid buses for WMATA.
  • Landover (6001–6015)
  • Montgomery (6016–6039)
WMATA Metrobus New Flyer DE40LFR.jpg
WMATA MetroExtra New Flyer DE40LFR.JPG
DE40LFR 40 ft (12.19 m) 2006 6040–6050
(11 buses)
  • Cummins ISL
  • Allison EP 40 hybrid system
  • Replaced some pre-1993 40-ft buses.
  • Part of a split order with MTA Maryland
  • 6040 was repainted into the blue "MetroExtra" livery after an accident with a MARC Train in 2009.
  • 6041–6050 were repainted into the standard red livery
  • Landover (6042–6050)
  • Montgomery (6040–6041)
WMATA New Flyer D40LFR Red Scheme.JPG
WMATA 6214 B30.jpg
D40LFR 40 ft (12.19 m) 2006 6101–6217
(117 buses)
Diesel
  • Cummins ISM
  • Voith D864.3
  • Replaced all remaining non-accessible 40-foot buses (pre-1990 40-foot buses, and many Flxible Metro 40096-6Cs).
  • 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.
  • Southern Ave
  • Northern
  • Western
  • Landover
  • Shepherd Parkway
WMATA New Flyer C40LFR in Local Scheme.JPG
WMATA MetroExtra 2007 New Flyer C40LFR.jpg
C40LFR 40 ft (12.19 m) 2007 2801–2825
(25 buses)
CNG
  • Cummins C Gas Plus
  • Voith D864.3
  • 2801–2816 are painted in MetroExtra livery.
  • Bladensburg (all units)
Articulated Metrobus DC 2010 10 546.jpg NABI 60-BRT 60 ft (18.29 m) 2008 5401–5422
(22 buses)
  • Cummins Westport ISL G
  • Allison B500R
  • Replaced older articulated buses on the X2 line.
  • Bladensburg (all units)
WMATA New Flyer DE40LFA Rehab.JPG

WMATA MetroExtra 2009 New Flyer DE40LFA.jpg

New Flyer Industries DE40LFA 42 ft (12.80 m) 2008–2009 6301–6461
(161 buses)
Diesel-electric Hybrid
  • Cummins ISL
  • Allison EP 40 Hybrid System.
  • Replaced many pre-1997 40-ft buses.
  • 6413–6461 are painted in MetroExtra livery. 6387 was rehabilitated as a MetroExtra bus but is painted in the standard red livery.
  • 6367 and 6389 were retired after separate fires on September 3, 2014 and January 30, 2017, respectively.
  • As of June 22, 2018, 6301–6312 are being repainted into the REX scheme, replacing the 2010 DE40LFA buses (6550–6561), the latter of which will be rehabilitated in the coming weeks.
  • Shepherd Parkway (6301–6340, 6412–6423)
  • Montgomery (6354–6411)
  • Northern (6341–6353, 6424–6461)

WMATA Metrobus 2009 New Flyer DE60LFA Rehab.jpg

DE60LFA 62 ft (18.90 m) 2009 5431–5452
(22 buses)
  • Cummins ISL
  • Allison EP 50 Hybrid System.
  • Replaced the remaining 1995 Ikarus 436s.
  • Currently being overhauled.
  • Refurbished buses are now 5431, 5438, 5447 and 5442 is underway.
  • Montgomery (5431–5449)
  • Bladensburg (5450–5452)

WMATA New Flyer DE37LFA.JPG

DE35LFA 37 ft (11.28 m) 3751–3770
(20 buses)
  • Cummins ISL
  • Allison EP 40 Hybrid System.
  • Replaced the 1990 35-ft Flxible Metro "B"'s (35102-6C)
  • Shepherd Parkway (3751–3753)
  • West Ox (3754–3770)

WMATA Metrobus 2010 New Flyer DE40LFA.jpg WMATA 2010 New Flyer DE40LFA In REX Scheme.jpg

WMATA 2010 DE40LFA 6486 rehab.jpg
DE40LFA 42 ft (12.80 m) 2010 6462–6609
(148 buses)
  • Cummins ISL
  • Allison EP 40 Hybrid System.
  • Replaced many remaining pre-1997 40-ft buses.
  • 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; the former will revert to regular red Metrobuses following rehabilitation and will be replaced by the 2009 DE40LFA units (6301–6312)
  • 6487 was retired.
  • 6462–6472 were repainted in the blue MetroExtra livery following rehabilitation, all of the remaining MetroExtra buses that were previously in the standard red livery (6473–6486) were reverted to regular red Metrobuses following rehabilitation.
  • Currently being overhauled.
  • Western (6488–6528)
  • Northern (6462–6486, 6529–6549)
  • Shepherd Parkway (6550–6566)
  • West Ox (6567–6609)
WMATA XDE40.JPG
WMATA MetroExtra New Flyer Xcelsior.JPG
XDE40 40 ft (12.19 m) 2011 7001–7152
(152 buses)
  • Cummins ISL9 (7001–7100); Cummins ISB6.7 (7101–7152)
  • Allison H 40 EP Hybrid System (7001–7100)
  • BAE System HybriDrive Hybrid System (7101–7152)
  • Some Flxible Metro-B's were still on reserve when the very first units arrived.
  • 7091–7100 are in the silver-and-blue MetroExtra livery.
  • 7086–7090 were repainted into the silver-and-blue 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.
  • Landover (7001–7085)
  • Montgomery (7086–7098)
  • Northern (7099–7100)
  • Western (7101–7152)

WMATA 2012 New Flyer Xcelsior XDE40.JPG

2012–2013 7153–7272
(120 buses)
  • Cummins ISL9
  • Allison H 40 EP Hybrid System
  • Replaced the 2000 Orion VIs & most 1997 Orion Vs.
  • Bus 7255 is out of service for repairs.
  • Western (7153–7167)
  • West Ox (7168–7203)
  • Northern (7204–7229, 7261)
  • Montgomery (7230–7260, 7262–7272)
WMATA 2012 Orion VII 3G Hybrid.jpg
WMATA Orion VII 3G HEV in TAGS Scheme.jpg
Orion Bus Industries Orion VII BRT (07.503) 30 ft (9.144 m) 2012 3063–3087
(25 buses)
  • Cummins ISB6.7
  • BAE System HybriDrive Hybrid System
  • Replaced the 30-foot Orion Vs.
  • 3082–3087 are painted in a green TAGS livery.
  • Shepherd Parkway (3063–3068)
  • Western (3069–3081)
  • Four Mile Run (3082–3087)
WMATA 2012 Orion 7.503 BRT.JPG 30 ft (9.144 m) 3036–3062
(27 buses)
Diesel
  • Cummins ISL9
  • Allison B400R
  • Replaced the 30-foot Orion Vs.
  • Landover (3036–3043)
  • Shepherd Parkway (3044–3062)
WMATA Metrobus 2014 NABI 42 BRT Hybrid.jpg NABI 42-BRT (42-BRT.08) 42 ft (12.80 m) 2014–2015 8001–8105
(105 buses)
Diesel-electric Hybrid
  • Cummins ISL9 (8001–8095)
  • Cummins ISL 330 HP (8096–8105)
  • Allison H 40 EP Hybrid System
  • Replaced most 1997 Orion Vs.
  • 8002–8014 were originally assigned to the Metroway route, but were replaced by New Flyer XN40s 2981–2993, which were repainted into the Metroway livery.
  • 8096–8105 have Cummins ISL 330 HP engines.
  • 8055 was retired due to damage from an accident.
  • 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.[8]
  • Shepherd Parkway (all units)
WMATA Metrobus 2015 New Flyer Xcelsior XDE60.jpg New Flyer Industries
XDE60
60 ft (18.29 m) 2015 5460–5480
(21 buses)
  • Cummins ISL 9
  • Allison EP 50 Hybrid System
  • Replaced the 2002 Neoplan AN460s.
  • First in WMATA Bus Fleet to feature white LED destination signs.
  • Northern (all units)
WMATA New Flyer Xcelsior XN40.JPG
WMATA Metroway New Flyer Xcelsior XN40.jpg
XN40 40 ft (12.19 m) 2015–2016 2830–2993
(164 buses)
CNG
  • Cummins Westport ISL G
  • Allison B400R
  • Replaced all C40LFs.
  • 2881 is out of service due to damage from an accident.
  • 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 due to a report of engines cutting off at low speed, but began carrying customers in service again on April 23, 2018. [9]
  • 2912–2980 will be moved to Bladensburg division as more 3100s XN40s enter service at Four Mile Run division.
  • Bladensburg (2830–2960)
  • Four Mile Run (2961–2993)

WMATA 2016 New Flyer Xcelsior XDE40.jpg

XDE40 40 ft (12.19 m) 7300–7409
(110 buses)
Diesel-electric Hybrid
  • Cummins ISL9
  • Allison H 40 EP Hybrid System
  • Replaced all remaining 1997 Orion Vs and replaced some 2000 Orion Vs.
  • Southern Ave (7300–7334)
  • Northern (7335–7355)
  • Montgomery (7356–7383)
  • Landover (7384–7409)
WMATA New Flyer Xcelsior XE40.jpg XE40[10] 40 ft (12.19 m) 2016 1001
(1 bus)
Electric
  • Siemens ELFA permanent electromagnetic motor rated at 215 hp
  • 200 kilowatt-hours of energy stored in lithium-ion batteries
  • First all-electric transit bus in the WMATA bus fleet.
  • Arrived on September 26, 2016
  • Entered Service on May 25, 2017.
  • Western
WMATA 2018 New Flyer Xcelsior XN40.jpg XN40[11] 40 ft (12.19 m) 2018 3100–3199
(100 buses)
CNG
  • Cummins L9N
  • Allison B400R
  • Enter service on May 8, 2018.
  • Some units are currently in service.
  • Currently being delivered.
  • All 3100s XN40s will be assigned to Four Mile Run division.
  • 3112 is out of service due to a tree falling onto it
  • Four Mile Run (3100–3162)

Future fleet[edit]

Builder Model Length Order Year Fleet Number Fuel Propulsion Powertrain (Engine/Transmission)
XDE60[12] New Flyer Industries 60 ft (18.29 m) 2018 5481?–5492?
(12 buses)
Diesel-electric Hybrid
  • TBA
  • 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.
  • On July 4th, 2018 WMATA was awarded a 5 year contract from 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.[13]

Retired fleet[edit]

Image Builder Manufacture Model Order Year Fleet Number Powertrain (Engine/Transmission) Year Retired Notes
AM General AM General Series 1974–1975 7000–7619
(620 Buses)
  • Detroit Diesel 8V71N, Allison VS1-8, Allison VS28
  • Detroit Diesel 6V71N, Allison VS2-6
Early 1990s
MAN SG-310 1983 5101-5133
(33 Buses)
  • D2566 MLUM
  • Renk-Doromat 874B
2002
Neoplan USA AN440A 1983–1984 9500–9576
(77 Buses)
  • Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
  • Allison HT-747
1995
Flxible New Looks
(53096 Models)
1976–1978 8000–8661
(662 Buses)
  • Detroit Diesel 8V71N
  • Allison V730
  • Detroit Diesel 6V71N
2001
Gillig Gillig Phantoms 1988 5080–5099
(20 Buses)
  • Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
  • Allison HTB-748
2001
  • 5090 is preserved by the Seashore Trolley Museum
WMATA GMC Fishbowl 1461.jpg GMC Fishbowls 1959–1974 1000–6724
(5724 Buses)
  • Detroit Diesel 6V71N
  • Allison VH
2000
  • 1400 and 1461 are preserved at Landover Division.
  • 6481 is at the Seashore Trolley Museum
WMATA GMC Old Looks 1912.jpg Old Looks 1953 1988
  • 1912 is preserved at Landover Division.
WMATA GMC RTS II 9112.jpg RTS II 1979 9001–9115
(115 Buses)
  • Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
  • Allison V730
2000–2001
  • Originally equipped with 6V71N engines.
  • 9112 is preserved at Landover Division.
Flxible Flxible Metro A 1986–1987 8700–8799, 8950–8975, 8800–8922
(247 Buses)
2005–2006
  • 8700–8799 & 8950–8975 were without wheelchair lifts.
  • 8800–8922 were with wheelchair lifts.
Flxible Metro B 1988 9201–9239, 9251–9289
(77 Buses)
  • 9201–9239 were with wheelchair lifts.
  • 9251–9289 were without wheelchair lifts.
1989 5151-5185
(35 Buses)
2006
  • These buses were 30ft.
1990 9301–9413
(113 Buses)
  • Cummins L10
  • Voith D863.2
2010–2011
  • Were with wheelchair lifts.
  • 40 ft buses.
  • Replaced by 2011 New Flyers XDE40s.
9421–9463
(43 Buses)
2006–2007
  • Were without wheelchair lifts.
  • 40 ft buses.
1991 9481–9498
(18 Buses)
2009
  • 9485, 9493 & 9497 were sold to TheBus keeping the same numbers.
Orion Bus Industries Orion V (05.501) 1992 9601–9660
(60 Buses)
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50 EGR
  • Voith D863.3E
2008
  • Originally had Detroit Diesel 6V92TA engines & Allison HTB-748 transmissions.
  • 4 units were sold to TheBus and were renumbered 8033–8036 around 2006–2007.
WMATA Flxible Metro D 9704.jpg Flxible Flxible Metro D 1993 9701–9785
(85 Buses)
  • Cummins L10
  • Voith D863.3
2009
  • 9704 was retained and painted into Metro's roadeo bus. It was replaced by 1997 Orion V 4271 in 2016.
1994 9801–9835
(35 Buses)
  • Cummins M11E (9801–9819)
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50 (9820–9835)
  • Voith D863.3
2010
  • 9801–9819 were originally powered by Cummins L10 engines.
Flxible Metro E 1995 4001–4104
(104 Buses)
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50
  • Allison VR731RH
2010
Orion Bus Industries Orion V (05.505) 1999 3900–3950
(51 Buses)
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50
  • Allison B400R
2012
  • Replaced by Orion VII EPA10 BRT buses.
  • Some units were sold to Ride On and were retired in 2014.
Orion II (02.501) 1999–2000 3701–3742
(42 Buses)
  • Cummins ISB
  • Allison AT-545
2008–2009
  • Two buses originally preserved but were scrapped around 2013–2014.
Orion VI ((06.501)) 2000 2000–2099
(100 Buses)
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50
  • Allison B400R
2012
  • These buses were suddenly retired in Spring 2012 after a series of fires in a span of five days.
American Ikarus 436.06 1995 5201–5245
(45 Buses)
  • Cummins M11E
  • Voith D864.3
2011
  • Originally had ZF 5HP600 transmissions.
  • Replaced by the NABI 60 BRT & NF DE60LFA.
Neoplan USA AN460 2002–2003 5301–5321
(21 Buses)
  • Detroit Diesel Series 60
  • Allison B500R
2015–2016
  • Only a few buses were Rehabbed. All were repainted.
WMATA Orion V 4388 on F4.jpg Orion Bus Industries Orion V (05.501) 1997–1998 4200–4412
(213 Buses)
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50
  • Allison B400R
2014–2016
  • Replaced by 2011–2016 New Flyer XDE40s, & NABI 42 BRTs.
  • 4271 was repainted into the Metro 4th Generation paint scheme, similar to the Neoplan 4th generation paint scheme style, only used for rodeo purposes at Landover division.
  • 4408 & 4412 are being used as training vehicles.
WMATA New Flyer C40LF 2366 on route 86.jpg New Flyer Industries C40LF 2001–2002 2300–2399, 2401–2464
(164 Buses)
  • Cummins Westport C Gas Plus (2300–2399 & 2401–2462)
  • Doosan GK-12 (2463)
  • John Deere 6081H (2464)
  • Allison B400R
2016
  • 2460–2463 were originally powered by John Deere 6081H engines. 2460–2462 engines were changed to Cummins Westport C Gas Plus while 2463 was changed to a Doosan GK-12 engine.
  • 2464 was the only C40LF painted in the MetroExtra livery.
  • Replaced by the 2015–2016 New Flyer XN40s.
WMATA Orion V 2124 on the Orange Line shuttle.jpg Orion Bus Industries Orion V (05.501) 2000 2100–2231
(132 Buses)
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50
  • Allison B400R
2016–2018
  • Only 2105, 2114–2115, 2119 and 2130 are still active and used as backups for WMATA during rush hour, or shortages of hybrid buses.
  • Replaced by 2016 New Flyer XDE40s & 2018 New Flyer XN40s.

Divisions[edit]

Metrobus's old stop marker design, seen here at Glenmont station.
Metrobus's new stop marker design, seen here at the BWI Business District Light Rail Station.

There are 9 divisions (a.k.a. Depots, garages, yards or lots) in the Metrobus system. Two of them are open on weekdays only and two are being planned to open soon.

Division Location Capacity Notes
Bladensburg (B) 2251 26th St. NE, Washington, DC 20018-1405 257
  • Largest lot in the system.
  • This garage handles some Southern Avenue Annex routes on the weekends.
  • CNG Division.
  • Heavy repair & overhaul facility.
  • Planned to be replaced or rehabilitated.
Four Mile Run (F) 3501 S. Glebe Rd., Arlington, VA 22202 218
  • This garage handles West Ox division routes on the weekends.
  • CNG Division.
Landover (L) 3503 Pennsy Drive in Landover 210
  • Assign with Diesel and Hybrids Buses.
  • Planned to be rehabilitated
Montgomery (M) 5400 Marinelli Road, just east of Rockville Pike in Rockville 240
  • Assigned with Diesel, Clean Diesel and Hybrid Buses.
Northern (N) 4615 14th Street, NW in the northwestern portion of the District. 175
Shepherd Parkway (S) 2 DC Village Lane SW. 250
  • This garage, which replaced the Southeastern division, handles some Southern Avenue Annex routes on the weekends.
  • Will handle CNG Buses in the Future.
Western (W) 5230 Wisconsin Avenue, NW in the Friendship Heights neighborhood of the District. 138
  • Assign with Diesel & Hybrid Buses.
  • Planned to be replaced or rehabilitated
West Ox (A) Alliance Drive and West Ox Road in Fairfax, VA, right next to Lee Hwy (US 29). 100
  • This division replaced the Arlington division in 2009.
  • Operates on weekdays only, Four Mile Run operates their routes on the weekends.
Southern Avenue Annex (P) Southern Ave & Marlboro Pike, Capitol Heights, MD 103
  • Reverted to weekdays only, after Shepherd Parkway opened at the end of September 2012.
  • Planned to be replaced by Andrews Federal Campus Division.
Future Bus Divisions
Cinder Bed Road [14] Cinder Bed Road & Hill Park Dr, VA 160
  • Planned to open in 2018 to replace Royal Street Division.
Andrews Federal Campus [15] Forestville Rd & Rena Rd in Forestvile, MD 175
  • Planned to replace Southern Avenue Annex Division in 2018.
  • Heavy repair & overhaul facility.
  • Construction plan to be complete in 2018.

Richmond Highway Express[edit]

A 2010 New Flyer Industries DE40LFA bus that was repainted in the REX blue-and-gold paint scheme. Pictured here is bus 6555.

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 2010 New Flyer DE40LFA diesel-electric hybrid buses (6550-6561) painted in a blue-and-gold paint scheme, all of which operate out of the Shepherd Parkway division (as of June 2018, they are being replaced by the older 2009 DE40LFA units, due to the 2010 units being rehabilitated). REX began service on September 26, 2004, replacing parts of the now-former route 9A (which operated between Huntington station and Pentagon until it was eliminated June 26, 2016). 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 before the aforementioned Orion 07.501 CNG buses arrived in 2006. The previous "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.

MetroExtra[edit]

MetroExtra
The MetroExtra logo
A 2007 New Flyer C40LFR bus painted in WMATA's MetroExtra original color scheme. This is a photo of bus 2809, which was taken before it was rehabilitated in 2015.

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 from Silver Spring station to Archives station, operating on the 7th Street/Georgia Avenue (DC) corridor. 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 2009 New Flyer DE40LFA diesel-electric hybrid buses (6413–6461), 11 2010 New Flyer DE40LFA buses (6462–6472), 32 2005–2006 Orion VII CNG buses (2528, 2563, 2603, 2616, 2626–2629, 2636, 2640–2641, 2643–2644, 2646–2647, 2650–2651, 2655, 2663, 2665, 2668, 2670–2671 and 2677–2685) 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 Bladensburg, Montgomery, Northern, Four Mile Run and Shepherd Parkway Divisions.

Metroway[edit]

The Metroway logo
Bus 8009, one of the 13 2014 NABI 42 BRT diesel-electric hybrid buses that were originally in the Metroway scheme until December 18, 2016.

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. It is a 5-mile corridor with 33 platforms and 20 station located between Pentagon City and Braddock Road. 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 Braddock Road Station and Crystal City and was expanded to Pentagon City in April 2016. 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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References[edit]

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