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 20, 1967; 51 years ago (1967-02-20)[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:[4]

  • Local bus within the District of Columbia, Central Maryland and Northern Virginia, (except as noted below): $2 (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 393, 394, 395, 480, 599, and 699)
Ride-On (except route 70)
Free $2.25 N/A
Fairfax Connector routes 393, 394, 395, 480, 599, and 699
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 393, 394, 395, 480, 599, and 699), 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 393, 394, 395, 480, 599, and 699.

Current Active fleet[edit]

The interior of a WMATA (Metrobus) 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. 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.[8]

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
  • During the year of 2000, WMATA ordered Orion V buses that were even longer in size than their 1997-1999 Orion V counterparts. These buses originally contained light green Vultron Destination signs like their 1997-1999 Orion V counterparts. However, even though the 2000 Orion V buses had much more reliable and readable light green Vultron Destination signs unlike their 1997-1999 Orion V counterparts, the 2000 Orion V buses also had their Vultron destination signs replaced with new bright orange Twin Vision LED lights that could be read even more clearly and be even more reliable than their Vultron Destination Signs.
  • Much like their 1997-1999 Orion V counterparts, WMATA's 2000 Orion V buses also featured Clever Devices inside them which announced the name of the Metrobus route they were operating on, name of the destination they were operating in the direction of, and name of the specific address/ intersection of the next Metrobus stop, or Metrorail Station they were about to approach. The Clever Devices also announced the words, "Stop Requested" out loudly each time passengers rang the bell to alert the Metrobus operator that they wanted to get off at the next Metrobus stop, or Metrorail Station the bus was about to approach. Like their 1997-1999 Orion V counterparts, WMATA's 2000 Orion V buses had their dark red, "Stop Requested" signs, on top of the front windows, at the center of the bus. The "Stop Requested" sign would light up/ glow to a bright neon red color each time passengers rang their bus bells. WMATA's 2000 Orion V buses have served at all of WMATA's Metrobus Divisions.
  • Though WMATA's 2000 Orion V buses were older than WMATA's 2001-2002 CNG New Flyer 2001-2002 buses, WMATA kept them in service much longer as many of WMATA's 2001-2002 CNG New Flyer C40LF buses have reached their full capacity.
  • WMATA's 2000 Orion V buses are now mainly housed in WMATA's Bladensburg, Landover, Southern Ave, Northern, Western, Shepherd Parkway, and Four Mile Run Metrobus Divisions as backups whenever WMATA's CNG fleet, Diesel Hybrid, or Electric buses have problems, or to meet heavy passenger demand during Weekday rush hour/ peak period times.
  • Replaced the 1979 GMC RTSs.
  • Last order of 40-ft high-floor buses for WMATA.
  • Most back into service at Shepherd Parkway due to DE40LFA buses being moved to the newly open Cinder Bed Division.
  • Being phased out
  • Landover
  • Montgomery
  • Shepherd Parkway
  • Four Mile Run
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
  • WMATA's 2005-2006 CNG Orion VII buses were the next set of Clean Natural Gas buses that WMATA ordered in 2004 after all of its 164 2001-2002 CNG New Flyer C40LF buses were delivered to its Bladensburg Metrobus Division at the end of the year of 2003.
  • WMATA's 2005-2006 CNG Orion VII buses were initially all delivered to WMATA's Bladensburg Metrobus Division between the beginning of 2005 and later throughout the years of 2005 and 2006, as WMATA's Bladensburg Metrobus Division was the only WMATA Metrobus Division that was equipped with the necessary infrastructure to handle WMATA's CNG Metrobus fleet's fueling and maintenance requirements at the time, until WMATA's Four Mile Run Metrobus Division was finished being modified to handle WMATA's CNG Metrobus fleet during the end of 2005.
  • To make room for these new 2005-2006 CNG Orion VII buses to be delivered to WMATA's Bladensburg Metrobus Division, an even greater number of 1986-1991 Flxible B, 1992 Orion V, 1993-1994 Flxible D, 1995 Flxible E, and 1997-2000 Orion V buses were transferred to other WMATA Metrobus Divisions such as Landover, Southeastern, Southern Ave, Northern, Western, Arlington, Montgomery, and Four Mile Run. A few of these buses still remained inside WMATA's Bladensburg Metrobus Division's garage until the time they were retired. These buses would only be used as backup buses whenever WMATA's CNG buses had problems working, or during weekday rush hour/ peak period times to meet heavy passenger demand.
  • All of WMATA's 2005-2006 CNG Orion VII buses were originally painted the same way as their 2001-2002 CNG New Flyer C40LF counterparts. These buses contained the same picture of a light blue sky and dark brown trees with light green colored leaves painted on the sides of their top roofs. On the bottom of that picture on their sides, there was a white colored space that had the words, "THIS BUS IS RUNNING ON CLEAN NATURAL GAS", painted in black, italic print. The bottom of front and back sides of these buses contained the same painting as WMATA's 2001-2002 CNG New Flyer C40LF buses. The 2005-2006 CNG Orion VII buses also had the back of their buses painted in the same blue color as WMATA's 2001-2002 CNG New Flyer C40LF buses.
  • These buses were repainted in WMATA's Metrobus Local and Metro Extra paint schemes similarly to the way that WMATA's 2001-2002 CNG New Flyer C40LF buses have been repainted, between early 2011 and 2015.
  • A few 2001-2002 CNG New Flyer C40LF and 2005-2006 CNG Orion VII buses were transferred from WMATA's Bladensburg Metrobus Division to WMATA's Four Mile Run Metrobus Division in Virginia once the facility was finished being modified to handle WMATA's CNG Metrobus fueling and maintenance requirements at the end of 2005. A majority of WMATA's 2001-2002 CNG New Flyer C40LF and 2005-2006 CNG Orion VII buses have remained in and served Metrobus routes that operated out of WMATA's Bladensburg Metrobus Division their entire lives.
  • Being retired. At least 45 units retired. Some were replaced by the 2018 XN40s. Rest to be replaced by 2019 XN40s.
  • Bladensburg (2501–2579, 2603, 2616, 2626-2627, 2677–2685)
  • Four Mile Run (2580–2602, 2604-2615, 2617-2625, 2628-2676, 2701–2730)
WMATA Metrobus 2006 Orion VII CNG.jpg Orion VII (07.503) 30 ft (9.144 m) 2006 3001–3035
(35 buses)
  • Cummins C Gas Plus
  • Voith D864.3
  • Bladensburg (3001-3010,3012-3017,3020-3031)
  • Four Mile Run (3011,3018-3019,3032–3035)
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 WMATA's 1986-1987 Flxible B buses between the summer of 2005 and throughout the year of 2006.
  • First Diesel-Electric Hybrid buses that WMATA ordered
  • WMATA's 2005-2006 New Flyer DE40LF Diesel-Electric Hybrid buses were mainly delivered to each of WMATA's Metrobus Divisions, such as Landover and Montgomery, which were not equipped with the proper fueling and maintenance equipment to handle WMATA's CNG fleet as part of WMATA's initiative to get rid of as many of its older diesel buses and operate newer bus models that emitted less pollution into the air/ were more environmentally friendly.
  • WMATA's 2005 New Flyer DE40LF Diesel-Electric Hybrid buses were designed almost very similarly to WMATA's 2001-2002 CNG New Flyer C40LF buses. These buses featured Orange display screens on the middle of the back of the Metrobus operator's seats to display the name of the address/ location of the next Metrobus Stop, or Metrorail Station the bus was about to approach. Additionally, WMATA's 2005-2006 New Flyer DE40LF Diesel-Electric Hybrid buses also featured circular blue cloth seats that had a white dit/ blue square design on them unlike the full square cloth that WMATA's 2001-2002 CNG New Flyer C40LF buses contained with the same blue square and white dot design. WMATA's 2005-2006 New Flyer DE40LF Diesel-Electric Hybrid buses had exactly the same seats as WMATA's 2002-2003 Neoplan and 2005-2006 CNG Orion VII buses.
  • Landover (6001–6015)
  • Montgomery (6016–6022, 6024, 6026-6039)
  • Sheppard Parkway (6023, 6025)
WMATA Metrobus 20006 New Flyer DE40LFR.jpg

WMATA Metrobus 2006 New Flyer DE40LFR in MetroExtra Scheme.jpg

DE40LFR 40 ft (12.19 m) 2006 6040–6050
(11 buses)
  • Cummins ISL
  • Allison EP 40 hybrid system
  • Replaced WMATA's 1988-1989 Flxible B buses in 2006
  • Most of WMATA's 2006 New Flyer DE40LFR buses were delivered to WMATA's Landover Metrobus Division though very few 2006 DE40LFR Diesel-Electric Hybrid buses were delivered to WMATA's Montgomery Metrobus Division. WMATA's 2006 New Flyer DE40LFR buses have not operated out of any other WMATA Metrobus Division other than the Landover and Montgomery Metrobus Divisions. Unlike, WMATA's 2005-2006 New Flyer DE40LF and 2006 DE40LF Diesel-Electric Hybrid buses, amost all of WMATA's 2006 New Flyer DE40LFR buses were painted in a unique gray color.
  • 6040 were repainted into the MetroExtra livery
  • 6041–6050 were repainted into the standard red livery
  • Landover (6042–6050)
  • Montgomery (6040–6041)
WMATA Metrobus 2006 New Flyer D40LFR.jpg

WMATA Metrobus 2006 New Flyer D40LFR Express Scheme.jpg

D40LFR 40 ft (12.19 m) 2006 6101–6217
(117 buses)
Diesel
  • Cummins ISM
  • Voith D864.3
  • Replaced WMATA's 1988-1989 Flxible B buses in 2006
  • WMATA's 2006 D40LFR Diesel buses were delivered to all of WMATA's other Metrobus Divisions, such as Landover and Montgomery.
  • 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 (6101-6146, 6154-6166)
  • Bladensburg (6167-6169)
  • Montgomery (6147-6153, 6170-6179)
  • Landover (6180-6217)
WMATA Metrobus 2007 New Flyer C40LFR.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)
WMATA Metrobus 2008 NABI 60 BRT CNG.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

WMATA Metrobus 2008 New Flyer DE40LFA REX Scheme.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 of WMATA's 1990-1991 Flxible B, and almost all of WMATA'a 1993-1994 Flxible D and 1995 Flxible E buses, between late 2009 and throughout much of 2010
  • 6413–6461 are painted in MetroExtra livery. 6387 was rehabilitated as a MetroExtra bus but is painted in the standard red livery.
  • 6367 is retired due to fire related incidents.
  • 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.
  • 6301-6370 were transferred to the new Cinder Bed Road division.
  • Cinder Bed (6301-6370)
  • Montgomery
  • Northern
  • Shepherd Parkway

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.
  • 7 buses are now currently refurbished. (5431,5436,5438,5442,5445,5446, and 5447)
  • 5451 is out of service due to it crashing near a building in Galley Place Chinatown on August 20, 2017.
  • Montgomery (5431-5450, 5452)

WMATA Metrobus 2009 New Flyer DE35LFA.jpg

DE35LFA 37 ft (11.28 m) 3751–3770
(20 buses)
  • Cummins ISL
  • Allison EP 40 Hybrid System.
  • Replaced many of WMATA's 1990-1991 Flxible B buses between late 2009 and throughout the year of 2010
  • Shepherd Parkway (3751–3753)
  • West Ox (3754–3770)

WMATA Metrobus 2010 New Flyer DE40LFA Rehab.jpg

DE40LFA 42 ft (12.80 m) 2010 6462–6609
(148 buses)
  • Cummins ISL
  • Allison EP 40 Hybrid System.
  • Replaced all of WMATA's remaining 1990 Flxible B buses throughout the year of 2010 and very beginning of 2011
  • 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.
  • Shepherd Parkway
  • Northern
  • Western
  • West Ox
  • Montgomery
WMATA XDE40.JPG

WMATA MetroExtra New Flyer Xcelsior.JPG WMATA New Flyer XDE40 7066 on Route F4.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)
  • Delivered to WMATA throughhout the year of 2011
  • Buses were only put into service on WMATA's Metrobus Routes between late 2011 and early 2012
  • 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 (7001–7065)
  • Montgomery (7066–7100)
  • 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.
  • Bus 7251 was rehabbed early in August 2018
  • Western (7153–7167)
  • West Ox (7168–7203)
  • Northern (7204–7235, 7261)
  • Montgomery (7236–7260, 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. (TAGS buses were transferred to the new Cinder Bed Road division)
  • Shepherd Parkway (3063–3068)
  • Western (3069–3081)
  • Cinder Bed (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.[9]
  • Some units being moved to Landover and Montgomery divisions
  • Landover (8001-8033)
  • Montgomery (8034-8068)
  • Shepherd Parkway (8069-8105)
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 H 50 EP Hybrid System
  • Replaced the 2002 Neoplan AN460s.
  • First in WMATA Bus Fleet to feature white LED destination signs.
  • All units have been moved to Bladensburg due to structural damage at Northern.
  • Bladensburg (all units)
WMATA Metrobus 2016 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. [10]
  • Bladensburg (2830–2974)
  • Four Mile Run (2975–2993)

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 (7300–7338)
  • Northern (7339–7359)
  • Montgomery (7360–7384)
  • Landover (7385–7409)
WMATA New Flyer Xcelsior XE40.jpg XE40[11] 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[12] 40 ft (12.19 m) 2018 3100–3199
(100 buses)
CNG
  • Cummins L9N
  • Allison B400R
  • Enter service on May 8, 2018.
  • All units are currently in service as of September 22, 2018.
  • 3112 is out of service due to a tree falling onto it
  • Replaced some 2000 Orion Vs and replaced some 2005 Orion VII CNGs.
  • Four Mile Run (all units)
2018wmataxde60.jpg XDE60[13] 60 ft (18.29 m) 5481-5492
(12 buses)
Diesel-electric Hybrid
  • Cummins L9
  • Allison H 50 EP Hybrid System
  • Entered service on December 13, 2018 on Route X2.
  • Some units entered service on January 2, 2019 at Shepherd Pkwy division for rush hour service on route W4
  • Bladensburg (5481-5487)
  • Shepherd Parkway (5488-5492)

Future fleet[edit]

Model Manufacturer Length Year Fleet number Fuel type Powertrain Notes
XN40 New Flyer Industries 40 ft (12.19 m) ft 2019 3200-3274

(75 buses)

CNG
  • TBA
  • Currently being delivered
XD40 40 ft (12.19 m) ft 7410-7434??

(25 buses?)

Clean Diesel
  • TBA
XN60 60 ft (18.29 m) ft 2020 TBA

(22 buses)

CNG
  • 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.

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
  • First buses to be initially painted in the 1st generation scheme.
  • Bus 7535 is preserved in the Virginia Commonwealth Coach and Trolley Museum.[14]
MAN SG 310 1983 5101-5133
(33 Buses)
  • D2566 MLUM
  • Renk-Doromat 874B
2002
  • These buses were 60 ft.
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
  • First Flxible buses WMATA has owned and operated.
Gillig Phantom 1988 5080–5099
(20 Buses)
  • Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
  • Allison HTB-748
2001
  • These buses were 30 ft.[15]
  • 5090 is preserved by the Seashore Trolley Museum
WMATA GMC Fishbowl 1461.jpg

DC Transit GMC Fishbowl 1400.jpg

GMC Fishbowls 1959–1974 1000–6724
(5724 Buses)
  • Detroit Diesel 6V71N
  • Allison VH
1990s-2000
  • 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
WMATA GMC Old Looks 1912 at the Bus Roadeo.jpg Old Looks 1953 1988
  • 1912 is preserved at Landover Metrobus Division.
WMATA GMC RTS II 9112 at the Bus Roadeo.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.
Flx on J20.jpg Flxible Flxible Metro A 1986–1987 8700–8799, 8950–8975, 8800–8922
(247 Buses)
2005–2006
  • WMATA's 1986-1987 Flxible B buses received a much more advanced upgrade from WMATA's 1978 Flxible New Looks buses.
  • WMATA's 1986-1987 Flxible B buses were painted with an arrow that consisted of dark red coloring on its top half and very dark blue coloring on its bottom half, or 2nd generation scheme.
  • The word, "metrobus" was then painted in very small italic print with the word, "metro" in black paint and "bus" in white paint. The same Metrobus logo was painted on the front of these buses as well. The bottom and back of these buses, on the other hand, were painted in a dark black color.
  • These buses previously only had one solid dark red line on top and one solid dark blue line on the bottom of their front sides.
  • These buses then had the word, "Flxible painted in small cursive white print" on both the front and back of the buses.
  • Bus 8811 was repainted in the 3rd generation scheme.
  • These were the first buses to be repainted in the 3rd generation scheme. This particular design consisted of brighter colored red lines as opposed to WMATA's previous dark red and dark blue arrow design, that had long been part of its Flxible buses and replaced it with two solid red lines that are about half in length. The words, "metro" and "bus", on the other hand, were repainted in a light blue colored print rather than the former black and white paint that WMATA used. [16]
  • The word, "metro" was painted in lighter blue while the word, "bus" was painted in an even lighter blue print color. Both words were painted by WMATA in much larger print than its previous Metrobus print. The Metrobus Logos on WMATA's Flxible buses were originally painted in black but were repainted in blue in the newly painted Flxible buses. The back and bottom of these buses were originally painted in black but were repainted in blue in the newly painted Flxible models.
  • First buses to contain light green Vultron destination signs. Even though these signs were often unreliable and difficult to read, WMATA did not bother replacing its 1986-1987 Flxible B bus destination signs as its 1986-1987 Flxible B buses were its earliest Flxible buses to have been retired between the years of 2005 and 2006. WMATA also neither bothered repainting, nor replacing the taillights any of its 1986-1989 Flxible B buses as its 1986-1989 Flxible B buses were some of its earliest Flxible B buses to be retired between the years of 2005 & 2006.
  • 8700–8799 & 8950–8975 were without wheelchair lifts.
  • 8800–8922 were with wheelchair lifts.
WMATA 9272.jpg Flxible Metro B 1988 9201–9239, 9251–9289
(77 Buses)
  • One of the buses that contains light green Vultron destination signs similarly to their 1986-1987 Flxible B counterparts. Even though these signs were offen unreliable and difficult to read, WMATA did not bother replacing its 1988 Flxible B bus destination signs as its 1988 Flxible B buses were among its earliest Flxible buses to have been retired in 2006.
  • 9201–9239 were with wheelchair lifts.
  • 9251–9289 were without wheelchair lifts.
  • All units retained their original wraparound taillights throughout their entire service lives.
1989 5151-5185
(35 Buses)
2006
  • These buses were 30 ft.
  • These buses contained light green colored Vultron Destination signs similarly to their 1986-1988 Flxible B counterparts. Even though these signs were often unreliable and difficult to read, WMATA did not bother replacing these bus' destination signs as they were some of WMATA's earliest Flxible buses to have been retired in early 2006.
  • Were repainted in the 3rd generation scheme.[16]
  • Bus 5172 is preserved in the Virginia Commonwealth Coach and Trolley Museum, despite that its logos and bus number has been removed.[17]
WMATA 9380.jpg 1990 9301–9413
(113 Buses)
  • Cummins L10
  • Voith D863.2
2010–2011
  • Were with wheelchair lifts.
  • 40 ft buses.
  • Replaced by the 2009-2010 New Flyer DE40LFA buses
  • Additionally, WMATA's 1990-1991 Flxible B, 1993-1994, and 1995 Flxible E buses originally contained light green colored Vultron destination signs, much like their 1986-1989 counterparts. However, most of WMATA's 1990-1991 Flxible B, 1993-1994 Flxible D, and 1995 Flxible E fleet, have had their light green colored Vultron Destination signs replaced by bright orange Twin Vision LED lights, as the light green colored Vultron destination signs that these buses contained were often unreliable and very difficult to read. There were still a few buses that have managed to keep their light green colored Vultron signs until the buses were retired.
  • Originally came with the original wraparound taillights, but most were changed to round LED taillights in the middle of their service lives making them the first buses to have LED brake lights.
  • Some units that had LED brake lights were also painted in the original 2nd generation scheme that is mentioned above while others retained their original wraparound taillights being in the repainted 3rd generation scheme.
  • 9343 was painted silver to commemorate Metrobus's 25th anniversary, but was ultimately repainted in to the "3rd generation scheme."
  • Were repainted in the 3rd generation scheme between the years of 2001 and 2006.
  • Originally came with darker painted steel wheels.
9421–9463
(43 Buses)
2006–2007
  • Were without wheelchair lifts.
  • All units retained their original wraparound taillights.
  • 40 ft buses.
WMATA 9489.jpg 1991 9481–9498
(18 Buses)
2009
  • 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.
WMATA Orion V 9652 running T17 at Greenbelt.jpg 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.
  • First buses that WMATA had ordered from Orion, breaking a straight set of Flxible buses WMATA has made the record of ordering
  • These buses contained light green Vultron Destination Signs much like their 1990-1991 Flxible B, 1993-1994 Flxible D, 1995 Flxible E, 1995 NABI/ American Ikarus, 1997-2000 Orion V, and 2000 Orion VI counterparts. Even though the light green Vultron Destination Signs were often unreliable and difficult to read, WMATA did not bother replacing these destination signs as WMATA's 1992 Orion V buses were among the earliest Orion V buses to be completely retired, in 2008. All of WMATA's future 1997-2000 Orion V buses have been in service for much longer until at least 2015, though many of them were retired eventually between 2016 and 2017.
  • Originally came with conventional bulb taillights as well as darker painted steel wheels.
  • As of 2002, WMATA's 1992 Orion V buses have had very little to no presence in WMATA's Bladensburg Metrobus Division as they were sent to WMATA's Landover, Northern, Western, Southeastern, Southern Ave, Four Mile Run, Arlington, and Montgomery Metrobus Divisions before finally being retired in 2008.
  • 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.
WMATA Flxible 9707.jpg

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.
  • Most of WMATA's 1993 Flxible D fleet have been repainted in WMATA's "Third Generation" Paint Scheme much like their 1990-1991 Flxible B, 1994 Flxible D, and 1995 Flxible E counterparts.
  • WMATA's 1993 Flxible D buses featured upgraded air conditioning units on top, which their 1986-1991 Flxible B counterparts lacked.
  • Many buses have had their original light green colored Vultron destination signs replaced by bright Orange Twin Vision LED lights as the Vultron destination signs were unreliable and very difficult to read.
  • There were still a few buses that WMATA has operated up to 2009 which have neither had their Vultron destination signs replaced with the Twin Vision LED lights, nor been repainted.
  • Originally came with the original wraparound taillights just like all the WMATA 1990-1991 Flxible B buses, but 9773 was the only one to retain these original wraparound taillights after getting repainted and rehabbed.
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.
  • WMATA's 1994 Flxible D models also featured air conditioning units on top just like their 1993 Flxible D counterparts.
  • Originally came with the original wraparound taillights, just like their 1986-1991 Flxible B and 1993 Flxible D counterparts, but all those 1994 Flxible D buses were rebuilt with newer LED taillights after getting repainted/rehabbed.
  • Last buses to come with the darker painted steel wheels.
  • However, many buses have been repainted the same way as their 1990-1991 Flxible B, 1993 Flxible D, and 1995 Flxible E counterparts.
  • Originally had light green Vultron destination signs. Most buses have had their original Vultron destination signs replaced with bright orange Twin Vision LED lights as the Vultron Destination signs were often unreliable and difficult to read.
WMATA 4101.jpg Flxible Metro E 1995 4001–4104
(104 Buses)
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50
  • Allison VR731RH
2010
  • Originally came with the original wraparound taillights, just like their 1990-1991 Flxible B counterparts and 1993-1994 Flxible D counterparts. Most of their taillights have been changed to LED after being rebuilt, rehabbed, and repainted.
  • First buses to originally come with ALCOA Aluminum wheels, but after a few years these wheels got replaced with steel wheels.
  • These buses also initially came with light green Vultron destination signs that were unreliable and difficult to read. Therefore, WMATA replaced most of its 1995 Flxible E bus destination signs with the brighter orange Twin Vision LED lights that were much more reliable and easy to read.
  • While most of these buses were repainted and had their Vultron destination signs replaced by the bright orange Twin Vision LED destination signs, there were a few buses that have managed to keep their original paint design and Vultron destination signs all through until being phased out between 2009 and 2010.
  • Last Flxible buses ordered by WMATA before the Flxible Corporation filed for bankruptcy later on during the year of 1995.
WMATA 5232.jpg NABI/American Ikarus 436.06 1995 5201–5245
(45 Buses)
  • Cummins M11E
  • Voith D864.3
2011
  • Replaced the 1983 MAN Articulated buses
  • Originally had ZF 5HP600 transmissions.
  • Originally contains light green Vultron destination signs. These buses had their light green Vultron destination signs replaced with bright orange Twin Vision LED lights between the years of 2001 and 2006, as the Vultron Destination Signs were often unreliable and difficult to read.
  • First buses to come with ALCOA Aluminum wheels, just like the 1995 Flxible E buses, but after a few years these wheels got replaced with steel wheels.
  • Replaced by the 2008 NABI 60 BRT buses
WMATA Orion 5 4264.JPG

WMATA 1997 Orion V 4271.jpg

Orion Bus Industries Orion V (05.501) 1997–1998 4200–4412
(213 Buses)
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50
  • Allison B400R
2014–2016
  • First buses to be initially painted in the 3rd generation scheme
  • First buses to feature Clever Devices, which announced the name of the bus routes they were operating on, name of the destination they were heading in the direction of, and the names of the addresses of the next Metrobus Stop, or Metrorail Station they were about to approach. Also, the Clever Devices made the, "Stop Requested" announcements out loud, unlike WMATA's previous bus models which only sounded the bells every time passengers rang the bell to let the Metrobus operators know that they wanted to get off at the next Metrobus stop, or Metrorail Station that the buses were about to approach. WMATA's 1997-1998 Orion V buses also featured new darker red, "Stop Requested" signs at the center of the top of the bus driver's window, that would glow up much more brightly unlike WMATA's previous fleet.
  • Originally came with light green Vultron destination signs, much like their 1990-1991 Flxible B, 1993-1994 Flxible D, 1995 Flxible E, and 1995 NABI/ American Ikarus counterparts. These buses had their Vultron Destination signs replaced with bright Orange Twin Vision LED lights between the years of 2001 and 2006, as the Vultron Destination signs were often unreliable and difficult to read. These buses remained in operation much longer than all of WMATA's Flxible fleet and 1995 NABI/ American Ikarus buses.
  • Originally came with ALCOA Aluminum wheels, but were later replaced by steel wheels after a few years.
  • The turn signals on WMATA's 1997-1998 Orion V buses were originally conventional bulb, but were later LED after getting rehabbed.
  • Replaced by 2012-2013 New Flyer XDE40s, 2015–2016 New Flyer XDE40s, & 2014 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 3921.jpg

Ride On 30ft Orion V.JPG

Orion Bus Industries Orion V (05.505) 1999 3900–3950
(51 Buses)
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50
  • Allison B400R
2012
  • These buses were 30ft
  • WMATA's 1999 Orion V buses also had Clever Devices installed in them similarly to their 1997-1998 Orion V counterparts, which announced the name of the bus routes they were operating on, name of the destination they were heading in the direction of, and name of the next Metrobus stop, or Metrorail Station they were about to approach. Also, much like their 1997-1998 Orion V counterparts, WMATA's 1999 Orion V buses also announced the words, "Stop Requested" out loudly each time passengers rang the bus bell to let Metrobus operators know they wanted to get off at the next Metrobus Stop, or Metrorail Station the buses were about to approach. WMATA's Red, "Stop Requested" signs were placed in the middle of the top black part of the front window of the bus, similarly to their 1997-1998 Orion V counterparts.
  • Originally featured light green Vultron destinations similarly to their 1997-1998 Orion V counterparts. These buses had their light green Vultron destination signs replaced with bright orange Twin Vision LED lights between the years of 2001 and 2006, as the Vultron Destination Signs were often unreliable and difficult to read.
  • Originally came with ALCOA Aluminum wheels, just like their 40-ft counterparts, but were later replaced by steel wheels after a few years.
  • The turn signals on WMATA's 1999 Orion V buses were originally conventional bulb, but were later LED after getting rehabbed.
  • Replaced by the 2012 Orion VII BRTs, both Diesel and Diesel-Electric buses.
  • Some units were sold to Ride On and were retired in 2014.
WMATA Orion II.jpg Orion II (02.501) 1999–2000 3701–3742
(42 Buses)
  • Cummins ISB
  • Allison AT-545
2008–2009
  • WMATA's 1999 Orion II buses were only put on WMATA's routes that had a very small passenger demand. Much like their 1997-2000 Orion V counterparts, WMATA's 1999 Orion II buses also featured Clever Devices as well, which announced the name of the Metrobus route the bus was operating on, the name of the destination the bus was heading in the direction of, and the name of address/ intersection of the Metrobus Stop, or Metrorail Station the bus was about to approach. WMATA's Clever Devices also made the, "Stop Requested" announcement out loud, every time passengers rang the bus bell to let the Metrobus Operator know they wanted to get off at the next Metrobus Stop, or Metrorail Station the bus was about to approach.
  • One of the buses that contains light green Vultron destination signs. Even though these destination signs were often unreliable and difficult to read, WMATA did not bother replacing the destination signs as they were some of WMATA's earliest Orion buses, along with WMATA's 1992 Orion V buses, to be retired between 2008 and 2009.
  • Two buses originally preserved but were scrapped around 2013–2014.
Metrobus Orion VI.jpg

WMATA Orion VI 2082 (REX).jpg

Orion VI (06.501) 2000 2000–2099
(100 Buses)
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50
  • Allison B400R
2012
  • Last buses that operated on pure diesel before switching to Clean Natural Gas buses and Diesel-Electric Hybrid buses in its future bus models.
  • First low floor buses that WMATA ordered.
  • Similarly to their 1997-2000 Orion V counterparts, WMATA's 2000 Orion VI buses featured Clever Devices, which announced the name of the particular Metrobus route the buses were operating on, the name of the destinations they were operating in the direction of, and name of the specific address/ intersection of the next Metrobus Stop, or Metrorail Station they were about to approach. WMATA's 2000 Orion VI buses also announced the words, "Stop Requested" out loudly each tine a passenger rang the bell to alert the Metrobus operators that they wanted to get off at the next Metrobus stop, or Metrorail Station the bus was about to approach. Unlike, WMATA's 1997-2000 Orion V buses, WMATA's 2000 Orion VI buses featured their dark red, "Stop Requested" sign that would glow in a bright red neon color every time a passenger rang the bell, on the middle of the wall of the back of the Metrobus operator's seat.
  • Originally contains light green Vultron destination signs like their 1990-1991 Flxible B, 1992 Orion V, 1993-1994 Flxible D, 1995 Flxible E, 1995 NABI/ American Ikarus, and 1997-2000 Orion V counterparts. These buses had their light Green Vultron destination signs replaced by new bright orange Twin Vision LED lights even though their Vultron Destination signs were much more reliable than WMATA's previous Metrobus models. The Twin Vision LED lights were even more reliable and had much more clarity compared to the light green Vultron destination signs which were sometimes hard to read and unreliable.
  • Were initially ordered by WMATA at the beginning of 2000 along with its 2000 Orion V buses. WMATA's 2000 Orion VI buses were delivered to WMATA's Bladensburg, Landover, and Montgomery Metrobus Divisions in the summer of 2000 and finally put into service on WMATA's Metrobus Routes in September, 2000.
  • However, WMATA transferred almost all of its 2000 Orion VI buses from its Bladensburg Division to its Landover, Montgomery, Southern Ave, Arlington, and Four Mile Run Metrobus Divisions between September, 2001 and throughout the year of 2002, to make room for WMATA's 2001-2002 CNG New Flyer C40LF to be delivered to its Bladensburg Metrobus Division Lot. As of 2002, WMATA's 2000 Orion VI buses have very little to no presence at all in WMATA's Bladensburg Metrobus Division, though WMATA did manage to keep much more of its 1986-1991 Flxible B, 1993-1994 Flxible D, 1995 Flxible E, and 1997-2000 Orion V buses as backup diesel buses that would be used to meet high passenger demand during weekday rush hour/ peak period times and also serve as backups whenever WMATA's 2001-2002 CNG New Flyer C40LF buses had any problems working.
  • These buses were suddenly retired in Spring, 2012 after a series of fires in a span of five days.
  • Replaced by 2012-2013 New Flyer XDE40s.
WMATA 2002 Neoplan AN460A.JPG 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's last order of high-floor buses.
  • Replaced by the 2015 New Flyer XDE60s.
WMATA New Flyer 2464.jpg

WMATA 2001 New Flyer C40LF.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.
  • First buses to run on Clean Natural Gas. [18]
  • WMATA ordered 164 2001-2002 CNG New Flyer C40LF buses during the summer of 2001
  • WMATA's 2001-2002 CNG New Flyer C40LF buses were only delivered to WMATA's Bladensburg Metrobus Division, since it was the only garage in WMATA's system that had enough room and the proper technology to have its maintenance facilities and fueling garages modified to be able to handle the CNG New Flyer C40LF special bus maintenance and fueling requirements.[18]
  • Originally came with steel wheels, but were later changed to aluminum wheels after getting rehabbed and repainted.
  • WMATA's 2001-2002 CNG New Flyer C40LF were delivered in increments, with the first few buses being delivered in September, 2001, while a few more 2001-2002 New Flyer C40LF buses were delivered to WMATA later on during the year of 2001.[18] The rest of WMATA's 2001-2002 CNG New Flyer C40LF buses were delivered to WMATA's Bladensburg Metrobus Division throughout the year of 2002.[18] To make room for these new buses during the year of 2002, WMATA transferred almost all of its 2000 Orion VI buses that used to be housed in its Bladensburg Metrobus Division to its Landover, Montgomery, Northern, Western, Southern Avenue, Arlington, and Four Mile Run Metrobus Divisions instead.[18] WMATA also transferred a majority of its 1986-1991 Flxible B buses, 1993-1994 Flxible D buses, 1995 Flxible E buses, 1992 Orion V buses, and 1997-2000 Orion V buses to WMATA's Landover, Montgomery, Northern, Western, Southeastern, Arlington, Four Mile Run, and Southern Avenue Metrobus Divisions as well in 2002, so that WMATA could make more room for its 2001-2002 CNG New Flyer C40LF buses.[18] WMATA did; however, manage to keep much more of these diesel buses in operation at its Bladensburg Metrobus Division than its 2000 Orion VI buses as backup buses for Metrobus operators to use on routes during rush hour/ peak periods and also as backup buses that Metrobus operators would be able to use as backups when WMATA's 2001-2002 New Flyer C40LF buses had problems or were not functioning well.[18]
  • WMATA had finished fully modifying the Bladensburg Metrobus Division's fueling stations and maintenance shop to handle its 2001-2002 New Flyer C40LF buses during the end of 2001.[18]
  • The very first 10 buses were then actually phased into operation on Metrobus routes on February 10, 2002.[18] As WMATA began to phase its 2001-2002 New Flyer C40LF buses into operation on its Metrobus routes, WMATA did not preferentially replace its older diesel buses with these new buses on its all day routes vs. its peak/rush hour routes.[18] Instead, WMATA randomly put its older diesel and brand new 2001-2002 CNG New Flyer C40LF buses to serve each of its routes that operated out of its Bladensburg Metrobus Division.[18] The presence of these buses was much more notable during later during the summer and fall of 2002, as most of the other 2001-2002 New Flyer buses WMATA ordered, were delivered and phased into operation during that particular time.[18]
  • All buses were eventually phased into operation by the end of 2003.[18]
  • While all of WMATA's 2001-2002 CNG New Flyer C40LF buses initially began operation at WMATA's Bladensburg Metrobus Division and most of these buses have operated in WMATA's Bladensburg Metrobus Division throughout their entire lives, a few buses have been transferred to WMATA's Four Mile Run Metrobus Division in Virginia in 2005 when that Metrobus Division finished modifying its Metrobus Fueling Equipment and Maintenance Facility to handle these buses.[18]
  • Initially painted in the 3rd generation scheme.[19]
  • First buses to have dark blue, feathery cushioned passenger seats that had a white dot design on them.[19]
  • These buses also had a picture of a light blue sky filled with brown trees that had light green colored leaves on the top sides of each bus.[19] Below this picture, each bus had a white sign with slanted/ italic black print that said, "THIS BUS IS RUNNING ON CLEAN NATURAL GAS".[19]
  • These buses also had a light red/ pink, "Stop Requested" sign on the top right corner of their front sides.[19] The 2001-2002 New Flyer C40LF buses, much like the 1997-2000 Orion V and 2000 Orion VI bus models, also featured the so-called, "Clever Device" technology, which announced the specific WMATA route number and the name of the specific destination the route was traveling in the direction, as well as the address of the next Metrobus stop, or Metrorail Station the bus was approaching on its route.[19] The Clever Devices also announced the, "Stop Requested" announcement out loud each time passengers rang the bell, to alert Metrobus operators that they wanted to get off at the next Metrobus stop, or Metrorail station.[19]
  • These buses were repainted between July 2008 and throughout the year of 2009 to WMATA's Metrobus Local Schemes, as bus 2464 is the only bus to be repainted in the Metro Extra Schemes, or the 4th generation scheme.[19]
  • First buses to be repainted in the Metrobus Local and Metro Extra Schemes.[19]
  • These buses were repainted in red, gray, blue, white, and black paint instead.[19] The picture of a light blue sky with brown trees with light green colored leaves was entirely removed on the sides of these buses' roofs and replaced with a red, white, and gray colored paint instead.[19] The white sign with the words, "THIS BUS IS RUNNING ON CLEAN NATURAL GAS", in black, italic print was replaced completely with a red, blue, and gray colored sign with the words, "local" in red font and "metrobus" in blue font.[19] None of these words were italicized unlike the 2001-2002 CNG New Flyer C40LF buses' previous signs.[19]
  • Additionally, on the repainted buses, the original light red/ pink "Stop Requested" sign was completely replaced by a more high-tech dotted rectangle that had the words, "STOP REQUESTED", all in capital letters similarly to the way WMATA's 2008 NABI Articulated buses and 2009-2010 New Flyer DE42LFA buses did.[19] The sign was black in color, but consisted of bright yellowy, orange neon lights that would light up much more clearly/ brightly than the original red/ light pink signs each time a passenger rang the bell to alert the Metrobus Operator each time they wanted to get off at a certain Metrobus stop, or Metrorail station the bus was about to approach.[19] The windows also had a black colored outline that improved the contrast of the bus' windows/ made the color of the windows stand out more compared to the original painted 2001-2002 CNG New Flyer C40LF buses.[19]
  • Bus 2464 is painted in the Metro Extra paint scheme which mainly consisted of blue paint with a little bit of red, white, and gray in some spots instead of Metro's Metrobus Local paint scheme.[19] Bus 2464 consisted of a blue colored roof with the words, "Metro Extra", in italicized, white print unlike the Metrobus Local paint scheme. Next to the words, WMATA had a red flag with, "Metro Extra" on it.[19] These buses operated only out of the Bladensburg Metrobus Division and were only specifically used on WMATA's weekday rush hour/ peak time bus routes.[19] The color and design of the seats in each bus remain the same as they had originally been.[19]
  • The first set of repainted buses were initially phased into service during March and April 2009.[19] During this time, there were more buses painted in the original color than the new Metrobus Local paint scheme.[19] More of the repainted buses were gradually phased into operation later on during the year of 2009 and throughout the year of 2010.[19]
  • All of WMATA's 2001-2002 CNG New Flyer C40LF have been repainted into both of the new paint schemes by the fall of 2010.[19]
  • These buses were altogether phased out of operation during late 2016 and throughout the year of 2017 as their natural gas fuel storage tanks/ operation system have reached their full capacity.[19]
  • Replaced by the 2015–2016 New Flyer XN40s.

Divisions[edit]

Metrobus's old/ original stop marker design, seen here at Glenmont station. Sign used by WMATA's Metrobus System between 1967, the year WMATA was founded, and 2012.
Metrobus's new stop marker design as of 2012. WMATA had plans for changing the bus markers at each of its Metrobus Stops around late 2010 as a way of making its Metrobus Stops more clear to Metrobus passengers. WMATA initially started off replaced a few of its Metrobus stop signs, especially at the Metrorail Stations which had Metrobus routes changed as well as at Metrobus Stops which had their Metrobus routes changed. Eventually, WMATA managed to changed all of its Metrobus stops, even on Metrobus Routes and at Metrorail Stations which have barely had their Metrobus routes changed. 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, garages, yards or lots) in the Metrobus system. Two of them are open on weekdays only and one 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
  • Lot handles many of the Metrobus Routes that operate through either Northeast, or Southeast Washington D.C.
  • WMATA's main/primary/original CNG Division
  • Heavy repair & overhaul facility.
Four Mile Run (F) 3501 S. Glebe Rd., Arlington, VA 22202 218
  • This garage handles West Ox division routes on the weekends.
  • CNG Division (since 2005)
Landover (L) 3503 Pennsy Drive in Landover 210
  • Mainly contains Diesel and Diesel Hybrid Buses.
  • Main Lot for a vast majority of the routes that operate throughout Prince George's County, MD, though the lot does handle a few routes that serve both Prince George's County in addition to either Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, and Southwest Washington D.C., or Montgomery County, MD.
Montgomery (M) 5400 Marinelli Road, just east of Rockville Pike in Rockville 240
  • Mainly contains Diesel, Clean Diesel and Hybrid Buses
  • Lot mainly serves routes that operate throughout Montgomery County, MD, though the lot does serve a few routes that operate between Montgomery County and either Northeast, Northwest, or Southwest Washington D.C., or Prince George's County, MD
Northern (N) 4615 14th Street, NW in the northwestern portion of the District. 175
  • The facility is a former trolley barn for the Capital Traction Company.
  • Planned to be replaced.
  • Planned to close down in the summer of 2019 due to structural issue.
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.
Cinder Bed Road (C) [20] Cinder Bed Road & Hill Park Dr, VA 160
  • Opened December 30, 2018, replacing Royal Street Division.
  • First WMATA bus division to be operated by a private contractor TransDev.[21]
Future Bus Divisions
Andrews Federal Campus [22] Forestville Rd & Rena Rd in Forestvile, MD 175
  • Planned to replace Southern Avenue Annex Division and open in summer 2019.
  • 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. It is currently being repainted back into the Red Local Scheme and being replaced by the 2009 DE40LFAs.

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 Shepherd Parkway division. 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 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 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).

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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