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Driving Alexandria Safely Home (DASH) is the public bus system for the city of Alexandria, Virginia, operated by the Alexandria Transit Company.

DASH
DASH Alex logo.svg
DASH 2018 Gillig LF Advantage Diesel.jpg
A 2018 DASH Gillig Low Floor Advantage Diesel leaving King Street – Old Town station
SloganKeeping Alexandria Moving
ParentCity of Alexandria
FoundedMarch 1984[1]
Headquarters3000 Business Center Drive, Alexandria, VA
Service areaAlexandria, Virginia
Service typeBus service
AllianceWMATA
Routes10 and the King Street Trolley[2]
Fleet
Daily ridership13,900 (Q2 2016)[5]
Annual ridership4,209,500 (2015)[6]
Fuel typeDiesel, Diesel-electric Hybrid
OperatorAlexandria Transit Company
Websitedashbus.com
DASH sign on a lamppost on Duke St.

The Alexandria Transit Company's DASH system provides safe, reliable, and courteous bus service within the City of Alexandria, and connects with Metrobus, Metrorail, Virginia Railway Express, and all local bus systems. DASH serves all of the Alexandria Metrorail Stations and the Pentagon Metrorail station during morning and evening peak periods.

Alexandria Transit Company (ATC) is a non-profit service corporation wholly owned by the City of Alexandria and currently operates 124 buses, which also consists of the King Street Trolleys. ATC provides a fixed-route bus service within the City of Alexandria on nine routes and carries more than four million passengers annually. ATC operates transit services within portions of the City of Alexandria and between the City and the Pentagon Metrorail Station. ATC's purpose is to supplement the regional rail and bus service provided by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and to provide a local bus service to the City of Alexandria.

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HistoryEdit

In 1981, in anticipation of the opening of the Metrorail stations and the subsequent reordering of Metrobus service, the City Council authorized a feasibility study for a city-sponsored bus system. In 1982, the study recommended a five-route system, using 18 buses.

In 1983, the City Council developed an RFP (Request For Proposal) for management companies to develop a detailed plan for the operation of transit service in the City of Alexandria. The city chose to establish a non-profit public service cooperation that would be wholly owned by the City. This arrangement provided means by which:

  • The transit system could be run as a business-type enterprise, and
  • City Council could retain overall policy control yet be free from the day-to-day operation of a transit system.

On October 23, 1983 the City Council set up a Transitional Task Force and, on January 24, 1984, instructed the City Attorney to proceed with the incorporation of a non-profit company. The certificate of incorporation was issued by the State Corporation Commission on January 31, and the organizational meeting of the company was held February 6.

In January 1984, the General Manager employed by the Management Company that was awarded the management contract reported for duty and final preparations began for the opening of revenue service on March 11.

RidershipEdit

DASH carries over 12,000 passengers per weekday[7] within the City of Alexandria, Virginia. The AT8 route, which runs through the Duke Street corridor, is DASH's busiest route with about 3,000 rides per weekday. In 2011, DASH ordered three new 40' Gillig Low Floor diesel-electric hybrid buses, which are 5' longer than the rest of the DASH fleet.[8] These buses went into service in April 2012. Five additional 40' Gillig Low Floor diesel-electric hybrid buses went into service in March 2013. The new 40' buses are used on the AT8 route to reduce crowding. On July 28, 2014, DASH introduced the new AT9 Crosstown Route.[9] The AT9 provides crosstown connections between Mark Center, Southern Towers, Northern Virginia Community College, Bradlee Shopping Center, Shirlington Transit Center in Arlington, Parkfairfax, Arlandria and Potomac Yard.

FaresEdit

As of July 1, 2018 DASH's current base fare is $1.75 for riders paying cash or SmarTrip. In 2007, DASH converted its buses to allow the use of the WMATA SmarTrip, an electronic debit farecard. DASH continued to accept and issue paper transfers until they were eliminated altogether January 1, 2013.[10]

FleetEdit

Image Builder Model Length Year Fleet Number Fuel Powertrain (Engine/Transmission) Notes
  Orion Orion V (05.503) 35 ft (10.67 m) 1999-2007 68-69, 71-83, 85-99
(30 buses)
Diesel
  • Cummins ISM
  • Voith D863.3E (2000-2002 models)
  • Voith D864.3E (2004-2007 models)
  • 68 are 2000 model, used on the Blue Line Shuttle for the WMATA Yellow/Blue Line shutdown for summer 2019.
  • 69-76 are 2002 models
    • 70 was retired in February 2019
    • 69, 72, 73, 75, and 76 runs on the Blue Line Shuttle
  • 77-90 are 2004-2005 models
    • 84 was retired in February 2019
    • All 2004-2005 buses runs on the Blue Line Shuttle
  • 91-99 are 2007 models
    • 92, 97, and 98 runs on the Blue Line Shuttle
  Gillig Phantom 35 ft (10.67 m) 1996-2007 101-103
(3 buses)
  • Cummins ISM
  • Allison B400R
  • All buses are 2007 models
  • Bus 100 is retired.
  • Runs on the Blue Line Shuttle
40 ft (12.19 m) 701-702
(2 buses)
  • Cummins ISM
  • Allison B400R
  • All buses are 2005 models
  • Ex-PRTC OmniRide, formerly 185, 187.
  • These buses have suburban configuration, and single doors.
  • Serves as shuttle buses for the WMATA Yellow/Blue Line shutdown for summer 2019.
  Neoplan USA AN460 60 ft (18.29 m) 2001-2002 601-614
(14 buses)
  • Detroit Diesel Series 60
  • Allison B500R
  • Ex-Westchester County Bee-Line, formerly 506-507, 510, 512, 514, 524, 531, 533, 536, 546, 548, 556-557, 573.
  • First non–WMATA operator to operate articulated buses in the Washington area transit.[11]
  • Serves as shuttle buses for the WMATA Yellow/Blue Line shutdown for summer 2019.[12]
  • 606 and 611 are retired.[citation needed]
  Gillig Low Floor 35 ft (10.67 m) 2011-2017 200-233
(33 buses)
Diesel-electric Hybrid
  • Cummins ISB6.7
  • Allison H 40 EP Hybrid System
 

 

40 ft (12.19 m) 300-311
(11 buses)
  • Cummins ISB6.7
  • Allison H 40 EP Hybrid System
  35 ft (10.67 m) 2018 501-514
(14 buses)
Diesel
  • Cummins L9
  • Allison B3400XFE (501-502)
  • Allison B400R (503-514)
  Low Floor Trolley^ 29 ft (8.839 m) 2011 400-404
(5 trolley buses)
Diesel-electric Hybrid
  • Cummins ISB6.7
  • Allison H 40 EP Hybrid System
  35 ft (10.67 m) 2015 405
(1 trolley bus)
  • Cummins ISB6.7
  • Allison H 40 EP Hybrid System
  New Flyer Industries XD35 35 ft (10.67 m) 2019 515-527
(13 buses)[4]
Diesel
  • Cummins L9
  • Allison B400R
  • Entered in service on March 4, 2019

^operates under the King Street Trolley branding

RoutesEdit

Route Name Terminals Major streets History Notes
AT1
Seminary Plaza – Beauregard – Landmark Plaza – Van Dorn Metro Van Dorn Street station Seminary Plaza Duke Street, North Beauregard Street, Seminary Road Does not serve Mark Center on weekends.[13][14]
AT2
Braddock Metro – Old Town – Mark Center – Lincolnia Lincolnia Braddock Road station Seminary Road, King Street This route operates via Old Town Alexandria [15][16]
AT2X
Mark Center – King Street Metro Express Mark Center Station King Street – Old Town Seminary Road, Duke Street This route operates non stop between the two terminals. Express route. weekday peak hour service only.
AT3
Pentagon Metro – Parkfairfax – Old Town – Hunting Point Pentagon station Hunting Point West Glebe Road, Russel Road, West Braddock Road, Pendleton Street weekday peak hour service only.[17][18]
AT4
Pentagon Metro – Parkfairfax – Old Town Pentagon station City Hall via Old Town Alexandria West Braddock Road, Madison Street, Montgomery Street weekday peak hour service only.[19][20]
AT3/4
Old Town – Parkfairfax Loop City Hall via Old Town Alexandria Pendleton Street, West Braddock Road, Russel Street, West Glebe Road This route operates on a loop around Parkfairfax Off-peak hour and weekend service only.[21]
AT5
Braddock Metro – Old Town – Bradlee Shopping Center – Van Dorn Metro Van Dorn Street station (Weekdays) & Eisenhower Avenue station (Weekends) Braddock Road station Van Dorn Street, King Street This route operates via Old Town Alexandria [22][23]
AT6
Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) Alexandria – King Street Metro Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) King Street – Old Town King Street Route AT6 replaced Metrobus 28C in mid 2002. weekdays only[24][25]
AT7
Lee Center – King Street Metro – Van Dorn Metro – Landmark Mall Landmark Mall Nannie J. Lee Center Eisenhower Avenue, King Street This route operates via Eisenhower Avenue station weekdays only[26][27]
AT8
Braddock Metro – Old Town – Van Dorn Metro – Landmark Mall Van Dorn Street station Braddock Road station Duke Street, King Street This route operates via Old Town Alexandria [28][29]
AT9
Mark Center – Bradlee Shopping Center – Shirlington – Potomac Yard Mark Center Station Potomac Yard Shopping Center Seminary Road, King Street, Glebe Road This route serves Shirlington station in Arlington County. Monday - Saturday only[30][31]
AT10
King Street Metro – Del Ray – Potomac Yard King Street – Old Town Potomac Yard Shopping Center Commonwealth Avenue, Mount Vernon Avenue [32][33]
KST
King Street Trolley King Street – Old Town Potomac River Waterfront King Street This route is free[34]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Alexandria Transit Development Plan" (PDF). City of Alexandria Virginia. January 1, 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  2. ^ "DASH Schedules & Maps". January 1, 2017. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  3. ^ "FY 2020 – FY 2025 Alexandria Transit Company (DASH) Transit Development Plan" (PDF). Alexandria Transit Company. March 14, 2019. Retrieved 18 July 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Dash 35th Anniversary Celebration - Alexandria Living Magazine". Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Transit Ridership Report Second Quarter 2016" (pdf). American Public Transportation Association. August 22, 2016. Retrieved 14 November 2016 – via http://www.apta.com/resources/statistics/Pages/ridershipreport.aspx.
  6. ^ "Transit Ridership Report Fourth Quarter 2015" (pdf). American Public Transportation Association. March 2, 2016. Retrieved 19 March 2016 – via http://www.apta.com/resources/statistics/Pages/ridershipreport.aspx.
  7. ^ "Transit Ridership Report First Quarter 2016" (pdf). American Public Transportation Association. May 19, 2016. Retrieved 2016-09-17 – via http://www.apta.com/resources/statistics/Pages/ridershipreport.aspx.
  8. ^ "DASH To Preview New Hybrid Low-Floor Bus And Trolley". Alexandria News. December 7, 2011. Retrieved 2016-09-17.
  9. ^ "DASH Announces New AT9 Crosstown Route in Alexandria". Port City Wire. July 22, 2014. Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  10. ^ "Important DASH Pass News!". Alexandria Transit Company. October 17, 2012. Retrieved 2016-07-17.
  11. ^ Malouff, Dan. "DASH is running the first non-WMATA articulated buses in Washington area transit". Greater Greater Washington. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  12. ^ "Metro Closure Overview DASH". Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  13. ^ "DASH AT1 Northbound" (PDF). February 3, 2019. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  14. ^ "DASH AT1 Southbound" (PDF). February 3, 2019. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  15. ^ "DASH AT2 Eastbound" (PDF). February 3, 2019. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  16. ^ "DASH AT2 Westbound" (PDF). February 3, 2019. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  17. ^ "DASH AT3 Northbound" (PDF). February 3, 2019. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  18. ^ "DASH AT3 Southbound" (PDF). February 3, 2019. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  19. ^ "DASH AT4 Northbound" (PDF). February 3, 2019. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  20. ^ "DASH AT4 Southbound" (PDF). February 3, 2019. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  21. ^ "DASH AT3/4 Loop" (PDF). February 3, 2019. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  22. ^ "DASH AT5 Eastbound" (PDF). February 3, 2019. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  23. ^ "DASH AT5 Westbound" (PDF). February 3, 2019. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  24. ^ "DASH AT6 Eastbound" (PDF). February 3, 2019. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  25. ^ "DASH AT6 Westbound" (PDF). February 3, 2019. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  26. ^ "DASH AT7 Eastbound" (PDF). February 3, 2019. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  27. ^ "DASH AT7 Westbound" (PDF). February 3, 2019. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  28. ^ "DASH AT8 Eastbound" (PDF). February 3, 2019. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  29. ^ "DASH AT8 Westbound" (PDF). February 3, 2019. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  30. ^ "DASH AT9 Eastbound" (PDF). February 3, 2019. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  31. ^ "DASH AT9 Westbound" (PDF). February 3, 2019. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  32. ^ "DASH AT10 Northbound" (PDF). February 3, 2019. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  33. ^ "DASH AT10 Southbound" (PDF). February 3, 2019. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  34. ^ "King Street Trolley Rackcard" (PDF). August 31, 2017. Retrieved 22 February 2019.

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