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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]

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

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FaresEdit

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 passesEdit

 
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). SmarTrip cards are sold in Metrorail stations, the Metro sales office at Metro Center station, and regional commuter stores. 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 Buses[Note 1] to Express Buses[Note 2]
(Metrobus, Fairfax Connector, or Ride-On)
to PRTC routes
Washington Metro $2.00[6] $4.25[6] $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, 698, and 699)
Ride-On (except route 70)
Free $2.25 N/A
Fairfax Connector routes 393, 394, 395, 480, 599, 698, 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, 698, 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, 698, and 699.

Current active fleetEdit

 
The interior of a New Flyer D40LFR Suburban

On July 4, 2018, WMATA awarded a 5-year contract to New Flyer for up to 694 buses, order consist of forty-foot CNG, forty-foot clean diesel, sixty-foot CNG, and sixty-foot diesel heavy-duty transit buses.[7] 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.[8] The numbering represents its region of operation. To differ the regions numbering system, most Maryland letters is "prefix" to the route number and Virginia letters is "suffix" to the "number" of the route. An example is: F12 (Maryland), 16C (Virginia), 36 (DC), A2 or C4 (DC and Maryland), Information can be found here.[9]

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.[10]

Image Builder Manufacture Model Length Order Year Fleet Number Fuel Propulsion Powertrain (Engine/Transmission) Notes Divisions
  Orion Bus Industries Orion V (05.501) 40 ft (12.19 m) 2000 2100–2231
(132 buses)
Diesel
  • These buses were temporarily brought back into revenue service as 6301-6375 were transferred to Cinder Bed Division.
  • Replaced the 1979 GMC RTSs.
  • Last order of 40-ft high-floor buses for WMATA.
  • Being phased out and are being replaced by the 2019 XD40s.
  • Andrews (2172, 2176, 2177, 2190, 2193, 2194, 2196, 2197, 2200, 2205, 2227)
  • Bladensburg (2101, 2107, 2108, 2119, 2124, 2125, 2130, 2137, 2144, 2147, 2149, 2209)
  • Montgomery (2140, 2152, 2159, 2160, 2164)
  • Shepherd Parkway (2156)
  • Landover (2105, 2113, 2114, 2116, 2136, 2212, 2214, 2216)
 

 

Orion VII (07.501) 40 ft (12.19 m) 2005–
2006
2501–2685, 2701–2730
(215 buses)
CNG
  • 2674-2685 were originally painted in the REX scheme until 2014 being replaced by the 2010 DE40LFAs 6550-6561 during rehabilitation
  • 2701–2730 have high-back suburban seating with overhead luggage racks being used on the 5A.
  • Being retired and are being replaced by the 2018 and 2019 XN40s
  • 2616, 2626-2627, 2629, 2636, 2640-2641, 2643-2644, 2646, 2650-2651, 2655, 2658, 2668, 2670-2673, 2677-2685, 2701-2703, and 2705-2730 remain in service.
  • Bladensburg (2616, 2626-2627, 2670-2673, 2677–2685)
  • Four Mile Run (2629, 2636, 2640-2641, 2643-2644, 2646, 2650-2651, 2655, 2658, 2668, 2701–2703, 2705-2730)
  Orion VII (07.503) 30 ft (9.144 m) 2006 3001–3035
(35 buses)
  • Cummins Westport C Gas Plus
  • Voith D864.3
  • Replaced the 1989 Flxible buses.
  • Bladensburg (3001–3018, 3020–3027)
  • Four Mile Run (3019, 3028–3035)
  New Flyer Industries DE40LF 40 ft (12.19 m) 2005 6001–6039
(39 buses)
Diesel-electric Hybrid
  • Cummins ISL
  • Allison EP 40 hybrid system
  • Replaced some of its 1986–1987 Flxible buses
  • First Diesel-electric Hybrid buses that WMATA ordered
  • Repainted in the Local scheme between 2014 & 2015
  • Landover (6001–6015)
  • Montgomery (6016–6039)
 

 

DE40LFR 40 ft (12.19 m) 2006 6040–6050
(11 buses)
  • Cummins ISL
  • Allison EP 40 hybrid system
  • Replaced some 1986–1987 Flxible buses
  • 6040 was repainted into the MetroExtra livery following an accident in 2009.[11]
  • 6041–6050 were repainted into the standard red livery between 2014 & 2015
  • Montgomery (6040–6041)
  • Landover (6042–6050)
 

 

D40LFR 40 ft (12.19 m) 2006 6101–6217
(117 buses)
Diesel
  • Cummins ISM
  • Voith D864.3
  • Replaced the remaining 1986–1987 Flxible buses, and all of its 1988 Flxible buses
  • 6206–6217 have high-back suburban seating with overhead luggage racks. In 2010, 6212–6217 were repainted into the blue express livery, had extra luggage racks installed and assigned to route B30, replacing older buses that formerly served the route (Orion Vs 4390–4395).
  • 6206 was retired due to damage from an accident in 2011.[12]
  • 6101–6211 were repainted in the Local scheme between 2013 & 2015
  • Southern Ave (6104–6136, 6186-6187)
  • Bladensburg (6151, 6155, 6157, 6160–6161, 6163-6164, 6167, 6168, 6172)
  • Montgomery (6147, 6149–6150, 6153–6154, 6156, 6158–6159, 6171, 6173, 6189, 6191)
  • Shepherd Parkway (6101-6103, 6137–6146, 6148, 6152, 6162, 6165–6166, 6169, 6170, 6174-6185, 6190)
  • Landover (6188, 6192–6217)
 

 

C40LFR 40 ft (12.19 m) 2007 2801–2825
(25 buses)
CNG
  • Cummins Westport C Gas Plus
  • Voith D864.3
  • 2801–2816 are painted in MetroExtra livery.
  • Bladensburg (2801–2821)
  • Four Mile Run (2822–2825)
  NABI 60-BRT 60 ft (18.29 m) 2008 5401–5422
(22 buses)
  • Cummins Westport ISL G
  • Allison B500R
  • Replaced the 1995 NABI American Ikarus buses
  • First buses to be painted in the Red Local Scheme
  • Units only in reserve fleet now
  • To be replaced by the 2020 XD60s
  • Bladensburg (all units)
 

 
 

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 Flxible buses
  • 6413–6461 are painted in the MetroExtra livery. Bus number 6387 was rehabilitated as a MetroExtra bus but is painted in the standard red livery.
  • 6367 was retired due to a fire related incident.[13]
  • As of June 22, 2018, 6301–6312 were repainted into the REX scheme, replacing the 2010 DE40LFA buses (6550–6561), the latter of which were rehabilitated and repainted back into the red local scheme.
  • 6301–6375 were transferred to Cinder Bed Road division on December 30, 2018.
  • Cinder Bed (6301–6375)
  • Shepherd Parkway (6376–6423)
  • Montgomery (6424–6461)

 

DE60LFA 62 ft (18.90 m) 2009 5431–5452
(22 buses)
  • Cummins ISL
  • Allison EP 50 Hybrid System.
  • Replaced the remaining 1995 NABI American Ikarus buses
  • Currently being overhauled.
  • 5437, 5441, 5444, 5449, and 5450-5452 are remaining unrehabbed. All other buses are currently refurbished.
  • 5451 was retired due to an accident on August 20, 2017.[14]
  • 5447 is out of service due to a smoke related incident
  • Montgomery (All Units)

 

DE35LFA 37 ft (11.28 m) 3751–3770
(20 buses)
  • Cummins ISL
  • Allison EP 40 Hybrid System.
  • Replaced the 1991 Flxible buses
  • Shepherd Parkway (3751–3757)
  • West Ox (3758–3770)

 

DE40LFA 42 ft (12.80 m) 2010 6462–6609
(148 buses)
  • Cummins ISL
  • Allison EP 40 Hybrid System.
  • Replaced the remaining Flxible 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 reverted to regular red Metrobuses following rehabilitation and were replaced by the 2009 DE40LFA units (6301–6312) during rehabilitation
  • 6487 was retired due to a garage incident.
  • 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.
  • Montgomery (6462–6472)
  • Andrews (6473–6491, 6528–6538)
  • Western (6492–6527)
  • Shepherd Parkway (6539–6579)
  • West Ox (6580–6609)
 

 

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 throughout the year of 2011
  • Entered service between late 2011 and early 2012
  • 7091–7100 are in the MetroExtra livery.
  • 7086–7090 were repainted into the MetroExtra livery between September and October 2014.
  • 7101–7152 are the first New Flyer XDE40 buses with the Cummins ISB6.7 engine & BAE System HybriDrive Hybrid System transmission.
  • 7004 was rehabbed around 2018.
  • 7100 is out of service after crashing into a traffic light pole on February 14, 2019.[15]
  • Currently getting rehabbed
  • Landover (7001–7071)
  • Montgomery (7072–7085)
  • Bladensburg (7086-7091)
  • Andrews (7092–7100)
  • Western (7101–7152)

   

2012–2013 7153–7272
(120 buses)
  • Cummins ISL9
  • Allison H 40 EP Hybrid System
  • Replaced the 2000 Orion VIs & most 1997 Orion Vs.
  • 7153–7167 features KIEL Centra Seats
  • 7255 is out of service after a tree fell on the bus.[16]
  • 7251 was rehabbed early in August 2018
  • Western (7153–7167)
  • Andrews (7168–7179, 7203–7235)
  • West Ox (7180–7202)
  • Montgomery (7236–7272)
 

 

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 were painted in a green TAGS livery in late 2016
  • Shepherd Parkway (3063–3068)
  • Western (3069–3081)
  • Cinder Bed (3082–3087)
  30 ft (9.144 m) 3036–3062
(27 buses)
Diesel
  • Cummins ISL9
  • Allison B400R
  • Replaced the 30-foot Orion Vs.
  • Landover (3036-3040)
  • Southern Ave (3041–3044)
  • Shepherd Parkway (3045–3062)
  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 in December 2016.
  • 8096–8105 have Cummins ISL 330 HP engines.
  • 8055 is out of service due to damage from an accident.[17]
  • 8066 is out of service following an accident in 2017
  • 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.[18]
  • Landover (8001–8033)
  • Montgomery (8034–8068)
  • Shepherd Parkway (8069–8105)
  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 buses to feature white LED destination signs.
  • Some units have been moved to Bladensburg due to structural damage at Northern.
  • 5470 is out of service due to repairs.
  • Montgomery (5460-5466)
  • Bladensburg (5467–5480)
 

 

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.[19]
  • 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.[20]
  • Some units are being moved back to Four Mile Run due to the delivery of the 2019 XN40s
  • Bladensburg (2830–2909)
  • Four Mile Run (2910–2993)

 

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 (7300–7345)
  • Montgomery (7346–7371)
  • Landover (7372–7409)
  XE40[21] 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
  XN40[22] 40 ft (12.19 m) 2018 3100–3199
(100 buses)
CNG
  • Cummins L9N
  • Allison B400R
  • Enter service on May 8, 2018.
  • Replaced some 2000 Orion Vs and the 2005 Orion VII CNGs.
  • Four Mile Run (all units)
  XDE60[23] 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 (5481–5482)
  • Shepherd Parkway (5483–5492)
  XN40 40 ft (12.19 m) 2019 3200–3274
(75 buses)
CNG
  • Cummins L9N
  • Allison B400R
  • Entered service on March 23, 2019 on Route 80 (3204)
  • To replace remaining 2005-2006 Orion VII CNGs
  • 3235 is currently out of service following an accident while on delivery in January 2019[24]
  • 3224 is out of service following damage from a collision with a truck on June 1, 2019[25][26]
  • Bladensburg (All Units)

Future fleetEdit

Model Manufacturer Length Year Fleet number Fuel type Powertrain Notes
XD40 New Flyer Industries 40 ft (12.19 m) 2019 4450–4474
(25 buses)
Clean Diesel
  • Cummins L9
  • Allison B3400XFE
  • First WMATA New Flyer Xcelsiors to have a short streamline roof.
  • To feature Multicolored LED destination signs.
  • To feature non open frameless windows.
  • To feature USSC style seats.
  • Currently being delivered. First pilot bus is 4450.
  • 4456 was displayed at the Washington Auto Show.
  • To replace some 2000 Orion Vs.
  • To be delivered to Montgomery and Landover divisions
XN40 40 ft (12.19 m) 2020 3275?-3349?
(75 buses)
CNG
  • TBA
  • To replace all remaining 2006 Orion VII CNGs (#2700s and #3000s).
XD40 40 ft (12.19 m) 4475?-4499?
(25 buses?)
Clean Diesel
  • TBA
  • To replace remaining Orion Vs
XD60 60 ft (18.29 m) TBA
(22 buses)
  • TBA
  • To replace the 2008 NABI 60 BRT CNGs.
  • 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 fleetEdit

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

Image Builder Manufacture Model Order Year Fleet Number Powertrain (Engine/Transmission) Year Retired Notes
  GMC Old Looks 1953 1988
  • 1912 is preserved at Landover Metrobus Division.
 

 

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
AM General AM General Metropolitan 1974–1975 7000–7619
(620 Buses)
  • Detroit Diesel 8V71N, Allison VS1-8, Allison VS28
  • Detroit Diesel 6V71N, Allison VS2-6
Early 1990s
  • 7535 is preserved in the Virginia Commonwealth Coach and Trolley Museum.[27]
Flxible New Looks
(53096 Models)
1976–1978 8000–8661
(662 Buses)
  • Detroit Diesel 8V71N
  • Allison V730
  • Detroit Diesel 6V71N
1999–2001
  • Replaced by the 1997–2000 Orion V buses
  GMC 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.
  • Replaced by the 2000 Orion V and 2000 Orion VI buses
MAN SG 220 5001–5143
(43 Buses)
  • D2566 MLUM
  • Renk-Doromat 874B
1995
  • First articulated buses that WMATA operated
  • Replaced by the 1995 NABI/ American Ikarus buses
Neoplan USA AN440A 1983–1984 9500–9576
(77 Buses)
  • Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
  • Allison HT-747
1995
MAN SG 310 1983 5101–5133
(33 Buses)
  • D2566 MLUM
  • Renk-Doromat 874B
2002
  • These buses were 60 ft.
  • Replaced by the 1995 NABI/ American Ikarus buses and 2002–2003 Neoplan buses
  Flxible Flxible Metro A 1986–1987 8700–8799, 8950–8975, 8800–8922
(247 Buses)
  • Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
  • Allison V730
2005–2006
  • 8700–8799 & 8950–8975 were without wheelchair lifts (retired mid to late 2005)
  • 8800–8922 were with wheelchair lifts (retired between mid to late 2005 & throughout the year of 2006).
  • Replaced by the 2005–2006 Orion VII CNG and 2005 New Flyer DE40LF
  Flxible Metro B 1988 9201–9239, 9251–9289
(77 Buses)
  • 9201–9239 were with wheelchair lifts (retired between mid to late 2005 & throughout the year of 2006)
  • 9251–9289 were without wheelchair lifts (retired mid to late 2005)
  • Replaced by the 2005–2006 Orion VII CNG and 2006 New Flyer D40LFR
Gillig Phantom 1988 5080–5099
(20 Buses)
  • Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
  • Allison HTB-748
2001
  • These buses were 30 ft.[28]
  • 5090 is preserved by the Seashore Trolley Museum
  • Replaced by the 30 ft 1999 Orion V
Flxible Flxible Metro B 1989 5151–5185
(35 Buses)
  • Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
  • Allison V730
2006
  • These buses are 30 ft.
  • Replaced by the 30 ft 2006 Orion VII CNG
  1990 9301–9413
(113 Buses)
  • Cummins L10
  • Voith D863.2
2010–2011
  • Were with wheelchair lifts.
  • 40 ft buses.
  • 9318, 9352, 9357, 9386, and 9408 kept the original taillights, even after getting repainted.
  • Replaced by the 2010 New Flyer DE40LFA and 2011 New Flyer XDE40s
9421–9463
(43 Buses)
2006–2007
  • Were without wheelchair lifts.
  • All units retained their original wraparound taillights.
  • 40 ft buses.
  • Replaced by the 2006 New Flyer DE40LFR, and the 2007 New Flyer C40LFR
  1991 9481–9498
(18 Buses)
2009
  • These buses are 35 ft.
  • 9485, 9493 & 9497 were sold to TheBus keeping the same numbers.
  • 9489 had the round LED brake lights still in the 2nd generation scheme.
  • 9490 was repainted in the 3rd generation scheme, but retained its original wraparound taillights.
  • Replaced by the 2009 New Flyer DE35LFA
  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.
  • Originally came with conventional bulb taillights as well as darker painted steel wheels.
  • 9619 was the first to be painted in the 3rd generation scheme as a prototype in late 1996, having LED taillights.
  • 4 units were sold to TheBus and were renumbered 8033–8036 around 2006–2007.
 

 

Flxible Flxible Metro D 1993 9701–9785
(85 Buses)
  • Cummins L10
  • Voith D863.3
2010
  • 9704 was retained and painted into Metro's roadeo bus.
  • Originally came with the original wraparound taillights
  • 9773 retain the original wraparound taillights
  • Replaced by the 2010 New Flyer DE40LFA
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.
  • Last buses to come with the darker painted steel wheels.
  • Replaced by the 2010 New Flyer DE40LFA
  Flxible Metro E 1995 4001–4104
(104 Buses)
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50
  • Allison VR731RH
2010
  • First buses to originally come with ALCOA Aluminum wheels, but after a few years these wheels got replaced with steel wheels.
  • Last Flxible buses operated by WMATA.
  • Replaced by the 2010 New Flyer DE40LFA
  NABI/American Ikarus 436.06 5201–5245
(45 Buses)
  • Cummins M11E
  • Voith D864.3
2011
  • Replaced the 1979 and 1983 MAN Articulated buses
  • Originally had ZF 5HP600 transmissions
  • Replaced by the 2008 NABI 60 BRT buses and 2009 New Flyer DE60LFA's
 

 

Orion Bus Industries Orion V (05.501) 1997–1998 4200–4412
(213 Buses)
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50
  • Allison B400R
2014–2016
  • Replaced by 2012–2013 New Flyer XDE40s, 2015–2016 New Flyer XDE40s, & 2014 NABI 42 BRTs.
  • 4388–4412 featured suburban styles seats
  • 4271 was repainted into the Metro 4th Generation paint scheme, only used for rodeo purposes at Landover division.
  • 4408 & 4412 are being used as training vehicles.
 

 

Orion V (05.505) 1999 3900–3950
(51 Buses)
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50
  • Allison B400R
2012
  • These buses were 30 ft
  • Replaced the 1988 Gillig Phantom buses
  • Replaced by the 2012 Orion VII BRTs, both Diesel and Diesel-Electric buses.
  • 30 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
  • Last 40 ft buses that operated on pure diesel before switching to Clean Diesel, Clean Natural Gas buses and Diesel-Electric Hybrid buses in its future bus models.
  • First low floor buses that WMATA ordered.
  • These buses were suddenly retired on April 17, 2012 after engine fires took place on two buses in a span of five days.[29][30]
  • Replaced by 2012–2013 New Flyer XDE40s.
 

 

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
  • All buses were originally powered by John Deere 6081H engines. Bus number 2464 is the only bus to keep its original engine.
  • 2464 was repainted into the MetroExtra scheme following rehabilitation and kept its John Deere 6081H engine.
  • First Compressed Natural Gas buses that WMATA operated.
  • Originally came with steel wheels, but were later changed to aluminum wheels after getting rehabbed and repainted.
  • Replaced by the 2015–2016 New Flyer XN40s.
  Thomas Dennis SLF230 2002 3951-3954
(4 Buses)
  • Cummins ISB
  • Allison B300R
2009
  • These buses were operated for City of Falls Church for services between East and West Falls Church under the "GEORGE" brand
  • These buses were transferred to Arlington Transit on July 6, 2009 and were renumbered to 5296-5299.[31] These buses were repainted to the ART scheme in 2010, when the GEORGE bus system was suspended, and retired between 2012 and 2013.
 

 

Neoplan USA AN460 2002–2003 5301–5321
(21 Buses)
  • Detroit Diesel Series 60
  • Allison B500R
2015–2016
  • Last buses that operated on pure diesel
  • Only 5301, 5306, 5309, 5320 and 5321 were rehabbed. All were repainted.
  • WMATA's last order of high-floor buses.
  • Replaced by the 2015 New Flyer XDE60s.

DivisionsEdit

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

There are 10 divisions (a.k.a. Depots, garages, yards or lots) in the Metrobus system. Two of them are open on weekdays only and one is being planned to open soon.

Division Location Capacity Notes
Andrews Federal Center (A) [32] 7541 Andrews Federal Campus Dr, Camp Springs, MD 20746 175
  • Opened on June 23, 2019
  • Heavy repair & overhaul facility.
  • Serves Southwest D.C. & Southern Prince George's County, Maryland
Bladensburg (B) 2251 26th St NE, Washington, DC 20018 257
  • Opened in 1962
  • Largest lot in the system
  • Serves Northeast and Southeast Washington D.C.
  • Main/primary/original CNG Division
  • Heavy repair & overhaul facility.
Cinder Bed Road (C) [33] 7901 Cinder Bed Rd, Lorton, VA 22079 160
  • Opened on December 30, 2018, replacing Royal Street Division.
  • Serves in Fairfax County, Virginia
  • First WMATA bus division to be operated by a private contractor TransDev.[34]
Four Mile Run (F) 3501 S. Glebe Rd., Arlington, VA 22202 218
  • Opened in May 20, 1978
  • Serves in Northern Virginia
  • This garage handles West Ox division routes on the weekends.
  • CNG Division (since 2005)
Landover (L) 3433 Pennsy Dr, Landover, MD 20785 210
  • Opened on February 26, 1989
  • Replaced WMATA's former, "Prince George's" Metrobus Division
  • Mainly contains Diesel, and Hybrid, Buses.
  • Serves in Northern, Central, and Southern portions of Prince George's County, Maryland
  • Located right across the Carmen E. Turner Heavy Maintenance Facility
  • Primary Division where new Drivers get training
Montgomery (M) 5400 Marinelli Rd, Rockville, MD 20852 240
  • Opened in 1983
  • Mainly contains Diesel and Hybrid Buses
  • Serves in Montgomery County, Maryland
Southern Avenue Annex (P) 1301 Boones Hill Rd, Coral Hills, MD 20743 103
  • Opened in 1922
  • Mainly contains Diesel, Hybrid buses
  • Serves in Southeast D.C. & the southern portion of Prince George's County, Maryland
  • Temporarily took over all of Southeastern Division routes once it closed in 2008, all the way up until 2012 when Shepherd Parkway Metrobus Division opened
  • Reverted to weekdays only, after Shepherd Parkway opened at the end of September 2012.
  • Planned to be replaced by Andrews Federal Campus Division.
Shepherd Parkway (S) 2 DC Village Ln SW, Washington, DC 20032 250
  • Opened in 2012
  • Mainly contains Diesel, and Hybrid buses
  • Serves in Southeast & Southwest D.C. & the southern portion of Prince George's County, Maryland
  • This garage, which replaced the Southeastern division, handles some Southern Avenue Annex routes on the weekends.
  • Will handle CNG Buses in the Future.
West Ox (V) 4618 W Ox Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030 100
  • This division replaced the Arlington division in 2009.
  • Serves in Fairfax County, Virginia
  • Operates on weekdays only, Four Mile Run operates their routes on the weekends.
  • Shared with Fairfax Connector
Western (W) 5230 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20015 138
  • Opened in 1945
  • Mainly contains Diesel, Electric, and Hybrid Buses.
  • Serves at Northwest D.C.
  • Planned to be replaced or rehabilitated
Closed Bus Divisions
Arlington (A) 601 N Randolph St., Arlington, VA 22203
  • Operated Weekdays Only
  • Closed in 2008
  • Replaced by West Ox Division
Northern (N) 4615 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20011 175
  • Mainly contains Diesel, Hybrid, and Electric buses
  • Served Northwest D.C.
  • Closed on June 23, 2019 due to structural issues.
  • The facility is a former trolley barn for the Capital Traction Company.
  • To be rebuilt[35]
Southeastern (S) 17 M Street SE, Washington, DC 20003
  • Only operated diesel buses
  • Served throughout both Southeast & Southwest D.C.
  • Closed during the spring of 2008
  • Operations moved to Southern Ave Annex up until the Shepherd Parkway Division opened in 2012
Royal Street (R) 600 North Royal Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 83
  • Operated Weekdays Only
  • Closed on August 22, 2014
  • Replaced by Cinder Bed Division
Prince George's
  • Operated Diesel buses only
  • Served the northern, central, and southern portions of Prince George's County, MD
  • Replaced by Landover Metrobus Division in 1989
Hyattsville

Richmond Highway ExpressEdit

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

Richmond Highway Express a.k.a. "REX", is a Limited-Stop bus line that operates between King Street–Old Town station and Fort Belvoir along the Richmond Highway corridor in Fairfax County, Virginia. The current "REX" fleet consists of twelve 2009 New Flyer DE40LFA diesel-electric hybrid buses (6301–6312) painted in a blue-and-gold paint scheme, all of which operate out of the Cinder Bed Road division. REX began service on September 26, 2004, replacing parts of the now-former route 9A (which operated between Huntington and Pentagon stations until it was eliminated June 26, 2016).[36] The original REX bus fleet consisted of twelve now-retired 2000 Orion 06.501 (VI) buses wrapped (but not painted) in blue-and-gold paint scheme (2073–2084) before the aforementioned Orion 07.501 CNG buses arrived in 2006. The second "REX" fleet consisted of 12 2006 Orion 07.501 (VII) CNG buses (2674–2685) painted in the blue-and-gold paint scheme, until they were all repainted between June and August 2014. The third "REX" fleet were consisted of 12 2010 New Flyer DE40LFA diesel-electric hybrid buses (6550–6561) before being repainted from June 2018 back into the Red Local Scheme due to the units being rehabilitated.

MetroExtraEdit

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

MetroExtra is a Limited-Stop Metrobus service, which operates on Metrobus lines that need extra service and faster service. MetroExtra started service on March 19, 2007 with the 79 that operates between the Silver Spring and Archives stations on the 7th Street/Georgia Avenue corridor.[37] The MetroExtra fleet consists of 16 2007 New Flyer C40LFR CNG buses (2801–2816), 15 2011 New Flyer Xcelsior XDE40 diesel-electric hybrid buses (7086–7100), 49 2008–2009 New Flyer DE40LFA diesel-electric hybrid buses (6413–6461), 11 2010 New Flyer DE40LFA buses (6462–6472), 27 retiring 2005–2006 Orion VII CNG buses (2616, 2626–2627, 2629, 2636, 2640–2641, 2643–2644, 2646, 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 Andrews Federal Center, Bladensburg, Montgomery, Four Mile Run and Shepherd Parkway Divisions.

MetrowayEdit

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

Metroway is a bus rapid transit (BRT) service that began on August 24, 2014. The first phase is the Crystal City/Potomac Yard Transitway, which operates on Route 1 in Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia.[38] It is a 5-mile (8.0 km) corridor with 33 platforms and 20 stations located between Pentagon City and Braddock Road.[39] The first 0.8 mile segment in Alexandria runs on a transit lane only. The Arlington County segment began construction in the summer of 2014 and opened April 17, 2016. Metroway originally operated between the Braddock Road and Crystal City stations and was expanded to Pentagon City in April 2016.[40] 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 alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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