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Metrobus is a bus service operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). Its fleet consists of 1,460 buses covering an area of 1,500 square miles (3,900 km²) in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. There are 176 bus lines serving 12,301 stops, including 3,133 bus shelters and nearly every Metrorail station. Morgan Boulevard is one of only a few stations that are not served by Metrobus. In fiscal year 2006, Metrobus provided 131 million trips, 39% of all Washington Metro trips.[1] On a typical weekday, it provides about 460,000 trips.[2]

Fares Edit

The current Metrobus fare structure is as follows:[3]

  • Local bus within District of Columbia (except as noted below): $1.75
    • Route 98 (Adams-Morgan/U St Link), S80, S91 (Springfield TAGS): 25¢[2]
    • Routes 2T, 2W, 3T, 12C, 12D, 12E, 12F, 12L, 12M, 12R, 12S, 18R, 18S, 20F, 20W, 20X, 20Y, 24T, 28T, and REX: $1.00
    • Routes 94, A2, A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, M8, M9, W2, W3, W6, W8, and W9: 75¢[2]
    • Routes B2, P1, P2, P6, U2 and 90 southbound, south of Good Hope Road: 75¢[2]
    • GEORGE (routes 26A, 26E, 26W): 50¢
  • Express bus: $3.00[1]


  1. Express routes: B30, P17, P19, W13, 5A, 11Y, 17A, 17B, 17G, 17H, 17K, 17L, 17M, 18E, 18G, 18H, 18P, 29E, 29G, 29H, and 29X.
  2. The regular local bus fare of $1.25 must be paid in order to receive a transfer.

Transfers and Passes Edit

All Metrobuses have SmarTrip card readers which automatically deduct the correct fare from a rider's SmarTrip card (including transfers). The Metrobus transfer policy is listed below. This section discusses the transfer policy to and from Metrobus and other regional bus operators. The routes can be Metrobus routes or routes of other regional operators.

Cost of bus fare
 From   to Local Buses[1]   to Express Buses[2]
(Metrobus or Fairfax Connector) 
 to PRTC routes
(Transfers ONLY accepted from WMATA) 
Metrorail (transfer must be
obtained at boarding station)
35¢ (on routes with a $1.25 fare)
10¢ (on routes with a $1.00 fare)
Free (on routes with a 75¢ or lower fare)
$2.10 $2.90 to PRTC OmniRide
$1.60 to PRTC MetroDirect
2T, 2W, 3T, 12C, 12D, 12E, 12F, 12L,
12M, 12R, 12S, 18R, 18S, 20F, 20W,
20X, 20Y, 24T, 28T, and REX
25¢ (to routes with a $1.25 fare)
Free (on routes with a $1.00 or lower fare)
$2.00 $2.80 to PRTC OmniRide
$1.50 to PRTC MetroDirect
26A, 26E, 26W (GEORGE)
75¢ (to routes with a $1.25 fare)
50¢ (on routes with a $1.00 fare)
$2.75 $2.00 to PRTC MetroDirect
All other local routes
Free $1.75 $2.55 to PRTC OmniRide
$1.25 to PRTC MetroDirect
Arlington Transit (ART)
Fairfax Connector
(except Routes 380, 595, and 597)
Free $1.75 N/A
Fairfax Connector routes 380, 595, 597
Metrobus express routes
PRTC OmniRide
Free Free N/A
The Bus
50¢ (on routes with a $1.25 fare)
Free (to routes with a 75¢ fare)
$2.25 N/A
Regional One Day Pass[3]

(Obtained from the bus driver)

Free $1.75 N/A


  1. Local Buses: Metrobus local routes, Ride-On, The Bus (Prince George's County), DC Circulator, Fairfax Connector (except Routes 380, 595, and 597), Connect-A-Ride, Fairfax CUE, DASH, and Arlington Transit. The Regional One-Day Pass is sold by operators on these buses, except the DC Circulator.
  2. Express Buses: Metrobus express routes, PRTC OmniRide, PRTC MetroDirect, Fairfax Connector routes 380, 595, and 597.
  3. The Regional One-Day Pass ($3) is good for a maximum of $1.25 off the fare of any valid operator listed above.

Roster Edit

All buses are fully accessible under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. All buses have bike racks except for 3951-3954 and C001-C004.

Year Make Model Length (ft) Width (in) Engine Numbers Garages assigned to
1997 Orion  05.501 40 102 DD50 EGR


(Gaps inbetween)

Four Mile Run, Northern,Bladensburg,Montgomery,Western
2000 Orion 05.501 40 102 DD50 EGR 2100-2231 Royal, Bladensburg, Northern
2001 New Flyer C40LF 40 102


C plus gas


(#2336 is now retired)

2002 New Flyer C40LF 40 102 Cummins C plus gas 2401-2464 Bladensburg
2002  Neoplan AN460 60 102 DD60 EGR 5301-5321 Northern
2005 New Flyer DE40LF 40 102 Cummins ISB 6001-6039 Landover, Montgomery
2005 Orion 07.501 40 102 Cummins C Plus Gas 2501-2615 Bladensburg, Four Mile Run
2006 Orion 07.501 40 102 Cummins C Plus Gas (formerly John Deere 6081H)


Four Mile Run
2006 New Flyer DE40LFR 40 102 Cummins ISB 6040-6050 Landover
2006 New Flyer D40LFR 40 102 Cummins ISM


(#6206 is now retired)

Landover, South Annex, Montgomery
2007 Orion 07.503 32 102 Cummins C Plus Gas



 Bladensburg, Four Mile Run
2007 New Flyer C40LFR 40 102 Cummins C Plus Gas 2801-2825 ,8787 Bladensburg
2008 NABI BRT 60 CNG 60 102 Cummins ISL-G 5401-5422 Bladensburg
2008-2009 New Flyer DE42LFA 42 102 Cummins ISB


Northern, Montgomery, Western, Landover,South Annex, Shepherd's Parkway, West Ox
2009-2010 New Flyer DE42LFA 42 102 Cummins ISB 6462-6509 Northern
2010 New Flyer DE42LFA 42 102 Cummins ISB 6510-6609 Northern, Montgomery, Shepherd's Parkway,West Ox
2009 New Flyer DE62LFA 62 102 Cummins ISB 5431-5452 Montgomery, Northern
2009 New Flyer DE37LFA 37 102 Cummins ISB 3751--3770 Northern, West Ox, Shepherd's Parkway
2011 New Flyer XDE40 40 102 Cummins ISB  7001-7100  Northern, Bladensburg, West Ox
2012 New Flyer XDE40 40 102 Cummins ISB 7101-7200  Northern, Landover, Montgomery, Western,South Annex
2012 Orion 07.503 3G 32 102 Cummins ISB 3061-3087  Shepherd's Parkway, Northern
2012 Orion



32 102 Cummins ISL 3036-3060 Shepherd's Parkway, Northern, South Annex
2012-2013 New Flyer XDE40 40 102 Cummins ISB 7201-7280? Landover, Montgomery, South Annex, Northern?


  1. 3701-3742 are owned by the District of Columbia and currently operate out of Western Division. These units may not be transferred outside of the District.
  2. C001-C004 are owned by the Transportation Association of Greater Springfield (TAGS) and operated by WMATA from Four Mile Run under contract, only on Routes S80 and S91.
  3. 3951-3954 are owned by the City of Falls Church and operated by WMATA under contract from the Arlington Garage only on GEORGE services.
  4. 1100-1129 are for the DC Circulator service, with partial funding by WMATA, operated by First Transit under contract.

Divisions Edit

There are 10 divisions (garages) in the Metrobus system. Three of them are open on weekdays only.

Open seven days a week:

  • Bladensburg, located at 2251 26th Street NE, in the District.
  • Four Mile Run, located near the stream of the same name in southern Arlington at 3501 South Glebe Road, just south of Crystal City. This garage handles Arlington and Royal division routes on weekends.
  • Landover, located at 3433 Pennsy Drive in Landover.
  • Montgomery, located on Nicholson Lane, just east of Rockville Pike in Rockville.
  • Northern, located at 4615 14th Street, NW in the northwestern portion of the District. The facility is a former trolley barn for the Capital Traction Company.
  • Southeastern, located at 17 M Street, SE in the Anacostia section of the District.
  • Western, located on 5230 Wisconsin Avenue, NW in the Friendship Heights neighborhood of the District.

Open weekdays only:

  • Arlington, located at North Quincy Street at Wilson Boulevard in Arlington, next to Ballston Common. This garage will close in 2008, with operations moved to a new garage in Fairfax County.
  • Royal Street, located on 600 North Royal Street in Alexandria.
  • Southern Avenue Annex (also known as simply "The Annex"), located on the Capitol Heights, MD side of Southern Avenue by Marlboro Pike.

See also Edit

References Edit

Washington, D.C. metropolitan area bus systems
Metrobus — District of Columbia: DC Circulator
Maryland: The Bus · Ride On · Connect-a-Ride
Virginia: ART · CUE · DASH · Fairfax Connector · GEORGE · PRTC

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