Metroway is a bus rapid transit (BRT) line operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) as part of their Metrobus system. It consists of a single line operating in Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia. It opened on August 24, 2014. It is the first bus rapid transit line to open in Virginia and in the Washington metropolitan area.
A Metroway New Flyer XN40 bus at 27th & Crystal station.
|Operator||Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority|
|Garage||Four Mile Run|
|Vehicle||New Flyer Xcelsior XN40|
|Began service||August 24, 2014|
|Locale||City of Alexandria and Arlington County|
Virginia, United States
|Length||6.8 mi (11 km)|
|Frequency||6 minutes peak|
12 minutes daytime
15 minutes evening
|Weekend frequency||20 minutes|
|Journey time||24 minutes|
|Operates||5:30 am – 10 pm|
|Daily ridership||2,067 (January 2018)|
The service runs from its northern end at the Pentagon City south through Crystal City and Potomac Yard before ending at the Braddock Road Metrorail station. The service runs along a bus-only roadway along Richmond Highway (U.S. Route 1) in Alexandria between Potomac and East Glebe stations, as well as a busway in Arlington. The remainder of the service runs on mixed-traffic roadways.
There are fifteen stations on the route. Eleven of the stations offer two-way service; two of the stations, 18th & Crystal and 23rd & Crystal, are northbound-only; and two other stations, 26th & Clark, 23rd & Clark, are southbound-only.
The Metroway stations vary depending on location and jurisdiction, though all stations consist of side platforms and sidewalk-level bus stops.
Metroway operates seven days a week with longer hours and more frequent service during weekdays. All runs take place on board the New Flyer Xcelsior XN40 CNG buses with Metroway livery, which replaced the original NABI 42 BRT Hybrid buses on December 18, 2016.
As a WMATA Metrobus service, Metroway is integrated within the regional transit network, and is subject to the same fares and transfer rules as any other local Metrobus service. The Braddock Road, Crystal City, and Pentagon City stations offer service for the Metrorail Yellow Line and Blue Line. As it parallels the Yellow and Blue Lines between Pentagon City and Braddock Road, it can be used as an alternative to Metrorail during service outages on Metrorail.
The Crystal City VRE station is a short distance (0.1 mile) away from the 18th & Crystal station.
Metroway provides connections to the Mount Vernon Trail at the 18th & Crystal station, and the Four Mile Run Trail at the South Glebe station. Capital Bikeshare stations exist at or near several Metroway stations.
Metroway has been expanded since its opening in 2014, both in number of stations and length of route. Two new stations opened in Arlington, both in April 2016. Fayette station in Alexandria opened in 2017.
On April 17, 2016, the 33rd & Crystal and Pentagon City stations opened, bringing the total number of operating stations to fifteen. At the same time, a dedicated transit lane and a peak period transit lane opened in Arlington. While the Fayette and 33rd & Crystal stations are infill stations along the existing route, the addition of the Pentagon City station extended the route north, which changed the northern terminus from Crystal City to Pentagon City. The 33rd & Crystal stop offers two-way service, while Pentagon City, the new northern terminus is southbound-only.
The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board wants to extend the dedicated transitway in Crystal City North to the Pentagon City Metro station.
Beginning May 25, 2019 in part of the Blue/Yellow Line summer shutdown, new stops will be added on Potomac Avenue at East Glebe Road near the Kaiser Permanente and the National Institute for the Blind (NIB) Headquarters
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- Media related to Metroway at Wikimedia Commons