TheBus (Prince George's County)

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TheBus
TheBus Maryland logo.png
Prince George County Transit THE BUS Gillig Low Floor Advantage Diesel.jpg
Route 14 at College Park UM Station
Founded 1986; 32 years ago (1986) [1]
Service area Prince George's County, Maryland, U.S.
Service type Bus service
Routes 22
Fleet Gillig
Fuel type Diesel
Operator Transdev
Website TheBus

TheBus (stylized as THEBUS) is a bus transportation system serving Prince George's County, Maryland, providing weekday-only service. There are 29 bus routes, with most operating between Washington Metro stations in the county, with two routes running to Upper Marlboro. The fare is $1.25, but seniors (age 60+), the disabled, one child under 5 years old, and students (between 2:00PM and 7:00PM) ride free.[2][3] On October 13, 2008, TheBus began accepting payment using SmarTrip regional farecards.[4]

Fleet[edit]

As of October 2012, the fleet consists of the following:

Image Builder Model Length Year Fleet Number Fuel Powertrain (Engine/Transmission)
Prince George County Transit THE BUS Gillig Phantom.jpg Gillig Phantom 35 ft (10.67 m) 2006 63139-63151
(13 buses)
Diesel
  • Cummins ISL
  • Voith D864.5
Prince George County Transit THE BUS Gillig Low Floor Advantage Diesel 35 ft.jpg Low Floor 35 ft (10.67 m) 2008-2012 63159-63170, 63188-63217, 62623-62628, 62633-62652
(68 buses)
  • Cummins ISL
  • Voith D864.5
Prince George County Transit THE BUS Gillig Low Floor Advantage Diesel 29 ft.jpg 29 ft (8.839 m) 2011-2012 62617-62622, 62629-62632
(1 buses)
  • Cummins ISL
  • Voith D864.5

Routes[edit]

A new version of The Bus Route 21X: Prince George's Community College
Gillig LF Diesel in Route U.S. 1 Ride Wrap on The Bus Route 17: Mount Rainier
  • 12- West Hyattsville Station to Mt Rainier/Chillum via Ager Road, Queens Chapel Road, Chillum Road, Arundel Road, Russell Avenue, 28th Place, Upshur Street, Rainier Avenue, 34th Street, Taylor Street, Eastern Avenue, Rhode Island Avenue (Route 1), Volta Avenue, 38th Street, 38th Avenue, Hamilton Street, Chillum Road, 16th Avenue, Ray Road, Sargent Road, and Madison Street; serves the communities of Mount Rainier, Brentwood, Hyattsville, Avondale, and Chillum. The Bus Route 12 serves Cora B. Woods Senior Center when going through Brentwood.
  • 13- West Hyattsville Station to Prince Georges Plaza Station via Belcrest Road, Toledo Road, Adelphi Road, Queens Chapel Road, Queensbury Road, 42nd Ave, Farrugut Street, Baltimore Avenue (Route 1), Gallatin Street, Rhode Island Avenue (Route 1), 40th Place, Hamilton Street, Ager Road, 23rd Avenue, and East West Highway; serves the communities of Hyattsville and Green Meadows The Bus Route 13 serves the Hyattsville Courthouse when passing through Downtown Hyattsville via Rhode Island Avenue (Route 1).
  • 14- Prince George's Plaza Station to College Park Station via Belcrest Road, Toledo Road, Adelphi Road, Queens Chapel Road, Queensbury Road, Lafayette Place, Riverdale Road, 54th Avenue, Jefferson Street, Kenilworth Avenue, Riverdale Road, Auburn Avenue, Good Luck Road and River Road; serves the communities of Hyattsville, Riverdale, and College Park
  • 15X Express- Greenbelt Station to New Carrollton Station
  • 16- Greenbelt Station to New Carrollton Station
  • 17- Mt Rainier to Ikea Way (Route 1 Corridor Bus). Note: The Bus Route 17 originally operated from the College Park Metro Station to the intersection of Rhode Island Avenue and Paducah Road in Northern College Park via Paint Branch Parkway, Kenilworth Avenue, Calvert Road, Edmonston Road, Pontiac Street, 60th Avenue, Greenbelt Road, Rhode Island Avenue, 51rst Avenue, 52nd Avenue, and Paducah Road until an IKEA store opened on June 17, 2003 at the intersection of Baltimore Avenue (Route 1) and Ikea Way. The Bus 17 originally served the communities of College Park, Berwyn Heights, and Greenbelt before being rerouted. As of June 17, 2003, The Bus Route 17 was rerouted to operate from Langley Park to Ikea Way via New Hampshire Avenue, Merrimac Drive, New Riggs Road, Riggs Road, University Boulevard, Campus Drive, Paint Branch Parkway, River Road, Baltimore Avenue (Route 1), and Ikea Way.[5] and Ikea Way. Between June, 2003 and February, 2010, The Bus Route 17 served the communities of College Park, Lewisdale, Adelphi, and Langley Park as well as the University of Maryland College Park Campus. The Bus Route 17 would still use Paint Branch Parkway and River Road to enter the College Park Metro Station but would then turn back on these roads to get back onto Baltimore Avenue (Route 1). The Bus Route 17 was once again rerouted to serve from the Mount Rainier Terminal at 34th Street & Rhode Island Avenue to Ikea Way instead, on February 18, 2010[5] as part of Prince Georges County's initiative to reduce the overall traffic/ provide better service on Route 1.[5] The Bus Route 17 has ever since just operated between the Mount Rainier terminal and Ikea Way by simply traveling straight on Route 1. The Bus Route 17 currently overlaps a portion of Wmata's routes 81 and 83, from the Mount Rainier Terminal to the bus stop at the intersection of Baltimore Avenue and Greenbelt Road.[5] These two Wmata routes already service these areas on the Route 1 corridor when traveling between the Rhode Island Avenue Metro Station in the District of Columbia and Cherry Hill Campground Park in College Park, MD. However, Prince Georges County added The Bus Route 17 to supplement Wmata's bus routes to respond to people's complaints about the service on Route 1 being inadequate/ in frequent.[5] The Bus Route 17 has been serving the communities of Mount Rainier, Brentwood, North Brentwood, Hyattsville, Riverdale, University Park, and College Park since being rerouted in February, 2010.
  • 18- Langley Park to Addison Rd via Edwards Place, New Hampshire Avenue, Merrimac Drive, 14th Avenue, Kanawha Street, 15th Avenue, University Boulevard, 23rd Avenue, East West Highway, Belcrest Road, Queens Chapel Road, Hamilton Street, 38th Avenue/ 38th Street, Bladensburg Road, Annapolis Road, Cheverly Avenue, Columbia Park Road, Martin Luther King Junior Highway, and Addison Road (rerouted to terminate at the new Takoma Langley Crossroads Transit Center on December, 22, 2016, instead of its original Langley Park terminal at the intersection of Edwards Place and New Hampshire Avenue right behind Langley Park Plaza); route serves the communities of Langley Park, Lewisdale, Hyattsville, Brentwood, Cottage City, Colmar Manor, Bladensburg, Cheverly, Landover, Fairmount Heights, Seat Pleasant, and Walker Mill.
  • 20- Addison Rd. Station to County Administration Building
  • 21- New Carrollton Stations to Equestrian Center (rerouted to serve the Largo Town Center Station once it opened in December, 2004)
  • 21X Express- New Carrollton Station to Prince George's Community College (rerouted to serve Largo Town Center Station once it opened in December, 2004)
  • 22 Morgan Blvd Station to Chastfield Way (Route added in December, 2004 when the Morgan Boulevard Station opened as part of the Blue Line Extension from Addison Road-Seat Pleasant to the Largo Town Center Station, route used to also serve the former site of Landover Mall even after the mall was demolished, up until Sears closed)
  • 23 Addison Rd. Station to Cheverly Station via Sheriff Road and Prince George's Sports Complex
  • 24 Capitol Heights Station to Morgan Blvd. Station (Route added in December, 2004 when the Morgan Boulevard Station opened as part of the Blue Line Extension from Addison Road-Seat Pleasant to the Largo Town Center Station)
  • 25 Capitol Heights Station to Highview Place
  • 26 Largo Town Center to Prince George's Community College (Route added in December, 2004 when the Largo Town Center Station opened)
  • 27 Landover Station to Hubbard Rd
  • 28 Basil Court to Largo Town Center Station (Route added in December, 2004 when the Largo Town Center Station opened)
  • 30 Branch Ave Station to Clinton Park & Ride
  • 32 Clinton Park & Ride to Naylor Road Station
  • 33 Padgett's Corner Center to Southern Ave Station
  • 34 Suitland Station to Capital Crossing
  • 35 Southern Ave Metro Station to National Harbor
  • 35S Oxon Hill to National Harbor/Fort Washington Manor
  • 36 Clinton Fringe Parking Lot to Pinefield Shopping Center
  • 37 Southern Ave Station to Camp Springs
  • 51 Upper Marlboro to Chrysler Building
  • 52 Equestrian Center to Courthouse Shuttle
  • 53 Upper Marlboro to John Rodger Blvd.

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/local/1986/04/21/isolated-pg-court-gets-bus-service/2c28979c-8492-484c-a81b-ef1c9bdee340/
  2. ^ "TheBus: Routes and Schedules". Prince George's County government. Retrieved 2008-12-06.
  3. ^ "Public Notice" (PDF). Prince George's County government. Retrieved 2008-12-06.
  4. ^ "Public Notice: Prince George's County TheBus will begin using new fareboxes..." (PDF). Prince George's County government. 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-06.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Get There - New Hyattsville bus service starts". Retrieved 2018-02-20.

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