Metrobus (Washington, D.C.)

WMATA Metrobus

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority recently purchased BRT buses that are painted in the new Local and Express paint schemes.
Parent WMATA
Founded 1967 (1967)
Headquarters Washington, D.C.
Locale Washington Metropolitan Area
Service area Washington Metropolitan Area
Service type Local, Express, Limited Stop & Bus Rapid Transit
Routes 320[1]
Fleet 1,548
Daily ridership 424,100 (Q2 2016)[2]
Annual ridership 130,807,300 (2015)[3]
Fuel type Diesel, Diesel-electric Hybrid, CNG
Operator WMATA
General manager Paul Wiedefeld

Metrobus is a bus service operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). Its fleet consists of 1,480 buses covering an area of 1,500 square miles (3,900 km2) in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. There are more than 300 bus routes serving 12,216 stops, including 2,398 bus shelters. In fiscal year 2009 Metrobus provided more than 133 million trips.[4] On a typical weekday, it provides more than 424,000 trips.[3]

Metro stopped issuing and accepting paper bus transfers as of January 4, 2009; bus and rail riders must use a SmarTrip card to receive the transfer discount.[5]


As of June 29, 2014, the Metrobus fare structure is as follows:[6]

Discounts may be 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: J7, J9, P17, P19, W13, W19, 11Y, 17A, 17B, 17G, 17H, 17K, 17L, 17M, 18E, 18G, 18H, 18P and 29W.

Transfers and passes

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). Formerly, Metrobus issued paper transfers which gave the rider free transfers to any regular bus for two hours. Effective January 4, 2009, when a rider uses a SmarTrip card, they will automatically receive rail-to-bus transfer credit and bus-to-bus free transfer time for regular buses is increased to three hours. Express routes have different requirements. 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. Note that as of January 4, 2009, transfer credit is issued on a SmarTrip card, riders using cash payment cannot obtain a paper transfer and must pay full fare upon boarding the bus. On June 27, 2010, the transfer window was reduced from 3 hours to 2 hours.

Cost of bus fare using SmarTrip
From to Local Buses¹ to Express Buses²
(Metrobus, Fairfax Connector, or Ride-On)
to PRTC routes
Washington Metro $1 $2.50 $4.75 to PRTC OmniRide (full SmarTrip fare)
$2.40 to PRTC MetroDirect (full SmarTrip fare)
All local routes
Free $1.75 $3.50 to PRTC OmniRide
$1.15 to PRTC MetroDirect
Arlington Transit (ART)
Fairfax Connector
(except routes 380, 595, and 597)
Ride-On (except route 70)
Free $1.75 N/A
Fairfax Connector routes 380, 595 and 597
Ride-On route 70
Metrobus express routes
PRTC OmniRide
Free Free N/A
The Bus
Free $1.75 N/A


  1. Local Buses: Metrobus local routes, Ride-On (except route 70), 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.
  2. Express Buses: Metrobus express routes, PRTC OmniRide, PRTC MetroDirect, Ride-On route 70, Fairfax Connector routes 380, 595 and 597.

Current Active fleet

The interior of a WMATA (Metrobus) New Flyer D40LFR Suburban

Metro has currently awarded a five-year contract with NABI (now New Flyer) for the procurement of up to 654 new buses. The first batch of 85 NABI diesel-electric hybrid 42-foot buses is already on order, with delivery expected within a year. The new buses will replace some of Metro’s older Orion V buses, which were delivered in 1997 and 2000. Going forward, the contract gives Metro the option to order up to 498 additional 42-foot buses and up to 71 60-foot buses over the five-year period. Red/Silver painted buses will be used on local routes and Blue/Silver buses will be used on Express routes. These buses will have either "Local" or "MetroExtra" on the top of each side of the bus for easy identification.[7] 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. For example: C22 (Maryland) and 15L (Virginia). 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.[8]

Image Builder Manufacture Model Length Order Year Fleet Number Fuel Propulsion Powertrain (Engine/Transmission) Notes Divisions

Orion Bus Industries (05.501) 40 ft (12.19 m) 2000 2100-2231
(132 buses)
  • Replaced the 1979 GMC RTS
  • Last 40-ft high-floor buses for WMATA.
  • Some units were allocated to the Royal Street Division. Some units are to be replaced by incoming 2016 New Flyer XDE40's.
  • Several units that used to be at Northern, Montgomery, and Landover divisions are being transferred to Bladensburg and Shepherd Parkway divisions since they need more buses and the 2016 New Flyer XDE40s are being assigned to Northern, Montgomery and Landover divisions.
  • Being retired
  • To be retired 12/1/16
  • Southern Ave
  • Landover
  • Bladensburg
  • Shepherd Parkway
  • Northern

Orion Bus Industries
40 ft (12.19 m) 2005-
2501-2685, 2701-2730
(215 buses)
  • Cummins Westport C Gas Plus
  • Voith D.864.3E
  • Replaced many pre-1990 40-foot buses.
  • The 2006 batch originally had John Deere 6081H engines, but were re-powered with Cummins C-Gas Plus engines upon rehab.
  • 2701-2730 feature high-back suburban seating and overhead luggage racks, mainly for use on route 5A.
  • 2674-2685 displaced Orion VIs 2073-2084, which were formerly used for REX service. 2674-2676 were repainted in the MetroLocal scheme, and 2677-2685 were repainted in the MetroExtra scheme between June and August 2014, when newer DE40LFAs displaced those buses.
  • Bladensburg (2501-2579)
  • Four Mile Run (2580-2685, 2701-2730)

30 ft (9.144 m) 2006 3001-3035
(35 buses)
  • Cummins C Gas Plus
  • Voith D864.3
  • Replaced the 1989 Flxible Metro "B"'s (30096-6T's)
  • First 30-ft CNG buses for WMATA.
  • Bladensburg (3001-3026)
  • Four Mile Run (3027-3035)

New Flyer Industries
40 ft (12.19 m) 2005 6001-6039
(39 buses)
Diesel-electric Hybrid
  • Cummins ISL
  • Allison EP40 hybrid system
  • Replaced some pre-1993 40-ft buses.
  • First hybrid buses for WMATA.
  • Landover (6001-6015)
  • Montgomery (6016-6039)

40 ft (12.19 m) 2006 6040-6050
(11 buses)
  • Cummins ISL
  • Allison EP 40 hybrid system
  • Replaced some pre-1993 40-ft buses.
  • Part of a split order with MTA Maryland
  • Bus 6040 is painted in the blue "MetroExtra" scheme after an accident it had in 2009, when it got hit by a MARC Train
  • 6041-6050 were repainted into the MetroLocal scheme
  • Landover (6041-6050)
  • Montgomery (6040)

40 ft (12.19 m) 2006 6101-6217
(117 buses)
  • Cummins ISM
  • Voith D864.3
  • Replaced all remaining non-accessible 40-foot buses (pre-1990 40-foot buses, and many Flxible Metro 40096-6Cs).
  • 6206-6217 have high-back suburban seating with overhead luggage racks. In 2010, 6212-6217 moved to Landover Division, got repainted in the new express scheme, had extra luggage racks installed and replaced buses 4390-4395 that formerly served route B30.
  • 6206 was retired due to damage from an accident in late 2011.
  • Bus 6102 was involved in a hijacking incident that occurred in May 2016, but has been sent for repairs.
  • Southern Ave (6101-6146)
  • Montgomery (6147-6158)
  • Western (6159-6173)
  • Landover (6174-6217)

40 ft (12.19 m) 2007 2801-2825
(25 buses)
  • Cummins C Gas Plus
  • Voith D864.3
  • 2801-2816 are branded with the MetroExtra scheme.
  • In mid-2012, the "express" branding has reverted to MetroExtra.
  • 2817-2825 are now painted in the MetroLocal Scheme.
  • Bladensburg (all units)

60 ft (18.29 m) 2008 5401-5422
(22 buses)
  • Cummins Westport ISL G
  • Allison B500R
  • First NABI BRT's to be in the WMATA fleet
  • First CNG articulated (60 foot) buses for WMATA.
  • First Low floor articulated (60 foot) buses for WMATA.
  • Replaced the older articulated buses on the X2 line.
  • Currently undergoing rehabilitation.
  • Bladensburg (all units)

New Flyer Industries
42 ft (12.80 m) 2009 6301-6461
(161 buses)
Diesel-electric Hybrid
  • Cummins ISL
  • Allison EP 40 Hybrid System.
  • First New Flyer DE40LFA's to be in the WMATA fleet.
  • Replaced several pre-1997 40-ft buses.
  • 6413-6461 are in the MetroExtra Scheme.
  • 6367 was retired after an explosion on September 3, 2014
  • Currently undergoing rehabilitation.
  • Shepherd Parkway (6301-6342, 6413-6424)
  • Montgomery (6343-6366, 6368-6412)
  • Northern (6425-6461)

62 ft (18.90 m) 2009 5431-5452
(22 buses)
  • Cummins ISL
  • Allison EP 50 Hybrid System.
  • First & only New Flyer DE60LFA's in the WMATA fleet.
  • First Hybrid articulated (60 foot) buses for WMATA.
  • Replaced the remaining 1995 Ikarus 436 articulators.
  • Montgomery (5431-5449)
  • Bladensburg (5450-5452)

37 ft (11.28 m) 3751-3770
(20 buses)
  • Cummins ISL
  • Allison EP 40 Hybrid System.
  • First & only New Flyer DE35LFA's in the WMATA fleet.
  • First Hybrid low floor 35ft buses for WMATA.
  • Replaced the 1990 35-ft Flxible Metro-B's (35102-6C's)
  • Shepherd Parkway (3768-3770)
  • West Ox (3751-3767)

42 ft (12.80 m) 2010 6462-6609
(148 buses)
  • Cummins ISL
  • Allison EP 40 Hybrid System.
  • Replaced many remaining pre-1997 40-ft buses.
  • Bus 6487 is retired
  • 6550-6561 were repainted in the REX scheme between August and October 2014, replacing the 2006 Orion VII CNG buses (2674-2685) that were originally in the REX scheme
  • 6462-6467 are at Shepherd Pkwy & are being used as MetroExtra buses in the standard red livery to cover for the units in the blue livery that are being rehabbed.
  • Western (6468-6486,6488-6495)
  • Northern (6496-6549)
  • Shepherd Parkway (6462-6467 and 6550-6571)
  • West Ox (6572-6609)

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)
  • First New Flyer XDE40's to be in the WMATA fleet.
  • Some Flxible Metro-B's were still on reserve when the very first units arrived.
  • 7091-7100 are in the silver-and-blue MetroExtra paint scheme.
  • 7086-7090 were repainted into the silver-and-blue MetroExtra scheme 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.
  • Landover (7001-7080)
  • Montgomery (7081-7100)
  • Western (7101-7152)

2012-2013 7153-7272
(120 buses)
  • Cummins ISL9
  • Allison H 40 EP Hybrid System
  • 7153-7167 first buses to feature KIEL Centra (now USSB Gemini) Seats.
  • Some formerly served Landover Division
  • Replaced 2000 Orion VI & most of the 1997 Orion V.
  • Bus 7255 was involved in a traffic accident on June 6, 2016 & has been sent for repairs.
  • Buses 7239, and 7262 are out of service for repairs.
  • Western (7153-7167)
  • West Ox (7168-7208)
  • Northern (7209-7226)
  • Montgomery (7227-7272)

Orion Bus Industries
7.503 HEV
30 ft (9.144 m) 2012 3063-3087
(25 buses)
  • Cummins ISB6.7
  • BAE System HybriDrive Hybrid System
  • First and only Orion 7.503 HEV buses in the WMATA fleet.
  • Replaced the Orion V's (30 foot).
  • 3081-3087 are in the green TAGS scheme.
  • Shepherd Parkway (3063-3069)
  • Western (3070-3080)
  • Four Mile Run (3081-3087)

7.503 BRT
30 ft (9.144 m) 3036-3062
(27 buses)
  • Cummins ISL9
  • Allison B400R
  • First and only Orion 7.503 BRT to be in the WMATA fleet.
  • Replaced the Orion V's (30 foot).
  • Landover (3036-3044)
  • Shepherd Parkway (3045-3062)

42 BRT Hybrid
42 ft (12.80 m) 2014 8001-8105
(105 buses)
Diesel-electric Hybrid
  • Cummins ISL9 (8001-8095)
  • Cummins ISL 330 HP (8096-8105)
  • Allison H 40 EP Hybrid System
  • First and only NABI 42 BRT hybrid buses for WMATA.
  • Replaced most of the 1997 Orion V units.
  • 8002-8014 are in Metroway livery.
  • 8096-8105 has a Cummins ISL 330 HP Engine.
  • 8055 is retired after it was totaled in a wreck on September 18, 2016.
  • 8002-8014 will be repainted into the Local Scheme, being replaced by the New Flyer XN40 (2981-2993) that will be in the Metroway Scheme.
  • Shepherd Parkway (all units)

New Flyer Industries
60 ft (18.29 m) 2015 5460-5480
(21 buses)
  • Cummins ISL 9
  • Allison EP 50 Hybrid System
  • Replaced the 2002 Neoplan AN460
  • First in WMATA Bus Fleet to feature white LED headsigns
  • First order of New Flyer Xcelsior XDE60 articulated buses
  • Entered service on November 9, 2015
  • 5480 was at the 2016 Washington Auto Show
  • Northern (all units)

XN40 40 ft (12.19 m) 2015-2016 2830-2993
(164 buses)
  • Cummins Westport ISL G
  • Allison B400R
  • Replacing all of the 2001-02 New Flyer C40LF units.
  • They are assigned to Bladensburg & Four Mile Run Divisions.
  • Currently being delivered.
  • First order of New Flyer Xcelsior XN40 buses
  • Entered service on December 21, 2015.
  • 2881 is out of service as it was hit by a charter bus.
  • 2981-2993 will be painted in the Metroway Scheme, replacing the current NABI 42 BRT Hybrid (8002-8014) that were originally in the Metroway scheme.
  • 2830-2980 are in service.
  • Bladensburg (2830-2911)
  • Four Mile Run (2912-2993)

XDE40 40 ft (12.19 m) 7300-7409
(110 buses)
Diesel-electric Hybrid
  • Cummins ISL9
  • Allison H 40 EP Hybrid System
  • Replaced all of the remaining 1997 Orion V units and will replace some 2000 Orion V units.
  • First order of New Flyer XDE40 without the rear window.
  • Entered service on January 4, 2016.
  • Southern Ave (7300-7329)
  • Northern (7330-7355)
  • Montgomery (7356-7385)
  • Landover (7386-7409)

On Order

Builder Model Length Order Year Fleet Number Fuel Propulsion Powertrain (Engine/Transmission) Notes
XE40[9] New Flyer Industries 40 ft (12.19 m) 2016 1001
(1 bus)
  • Siemens ELFA permanent electromagnetic motor rated at 215 hp
  • 200 kilowatt-hours of energy stored in lithium-ion batteries
  • The first ever all electric transit bus in the fleet.
  • Arrived on September 26th, 2016
  • Western Division

40 ft (12.19 m) 2017 2000?-2099?
(100 buses)
  • Cummins Westport ISL G
  • Allison B400R

Retired fleet


Metrobus's old stop marker design, seen here at Glenmont station.
Metrobus's new stop marker design, seen here at the BWI Business District Light Rail Station.

There are 9 divisions (a.k.a. Depots, garages, yards or lots) in the Metrobus system. Two of them are open on weekdays only and two are being planned to open soon.

Division Location Capacity Notes
Bladensburg (B) 2251 26th St. NE, Washington, DC 20018-1405 257
  • Largest lot in the system.
  • This garage handles some Southern Avenue Annex routes on the weekends.
  • CNG Division.
  • Bus Division that does all bus overhauling.
Four Mile Run (F) 3501 S. Glebe Rd., Arlington, VA 22202 218
  • This garage handles West Ox division routes on the weekends.
  • CNG Division.
Landover (L) 3503 Pennsy Drive in Landover 210
  • Assign with Diesel and Hybrids Buses.
  • Planned to be rehabilitated
Montgomery (M) 5400 Marinelli Road, just east of Rockville Pike in Rockville 240
  • Assigned with Diesel, Clean Diesel and Hybrid Buses.
Northern (N) 4615 14th Street, NW in the northwestern portion of the District. 175
Shepherd Parkway (S) 2 DC Village Lane SW. 250
  • This garage, which replaced the Southeastern division, handles some Southern Avenue Annex routes on the weekends.
  • Will handle CNG Buses in the Future.
Western (W) 5230 Wisconsin Avenue, NW in the Friendship Heights neighborhood of the District. 138
  • Assign with Diesel & Hybrid Buses.
  • Planned to be replaced or rehabilitated
West Ox (A) Alliance Drive and West Ox Road in Fairfax, VA, right next to Lee Hwy (US 29). 100
  • This division replaced the Arlington division.
  • Operates on weekdays only, Four Mile Run operates their routes on the weekends.
Southern Avenue Annex (P) Southern Ave & Marlboro Pike, Capitol Heights, MD 103
  • Reverted to weekdays only, after Shepherd Parkway opened at the end of September 2012.
  • Planned to be replaced by Andrews Federal Campus Division.
Future Bus Divisions
Cinder Bed Road [11] Cinder Bed Road & Hill Park Dr, VA 160
  • Planned open in 2016 to replace Royal Street Division.
Andrews Federal Campus [12] Forestville Rd & Rena Rd in Forestvile, MD 175
  • Planned to replace Southern Avenue Annex Division in 2018.

Richmond Highway Express

A 2010 New Flyer Industries DE40LFA bus that was repainted in the REX blue-and-gold paint scheme. Pictured here is bus 6555.

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 2010 New Flyer DE40LFA diesel-electric hybrid buses (6550-6561) painted in a blue-and-gold paint scheme, all of which operate out of the Shepherd Parkway division. REX began service on September 26, 2004, replacing parts of the now-former route 9A (which operated between Huntington station and Pentagon until it was eliminated June 26, 2016). 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 before the aforementioned Orion 07.501 CNG buses arrived in 2006. The previous "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 MetroExtra logo
A 2007 New Flyer C40LFR bus painted in WMATA's MetroExtra original color scheme. This is a photo of bus 2809, which was taken before it was rehabilitated in 2015.

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 from Silver Spring station to Archives station, operating on the 7th Street/Georgia Avenue (DC) corridor. 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 2009 New Flyer DE40LFA diesel-electric hybrid buses (6413-6461), 32 2005-2006 Orion VII CNG buses (2528, 2563, 2603, 2616, 2626-2629, 2636, 2640-2641, 2643-2644, 2646-2647, 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 12 bus routes: 16X, 16Y, 79, 37, 39, S9, J4, 28X, X9, A9, K9 and W9. MetroExtra costs the same fare as Metrobus $1.75 (using cash & SmarTrip). MetroExtra operates from Bladensburg, Montgomery, Northern, Four Mile Run and Shepherd Parkway Divisions.


Main article: Metroway
The Metroway logo
Bus 8009, one of the 13 2014 NABI 42 BRT diesel-electric hybrid buses in the Metroway scheme.

Metroway is a premium transit 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. It is a 5-mile corridor with 33 platforms and 20 station located between Pentagon City and Braddock Road. 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 Braddock Road Station and Crystal City and was expanded to Pentagon City in April 2016. Thirteen 2014 NABI 42 BRT diesel-electric hybrid buses (8002-8014) operate with the blue-and-white Metroway paint scheme. The Metroway service, which is operated by Metrobus' Shepherd Parkway bus division, features dedicated bus lanes, transit signal priority, off-board fare collection, real-time information, boarding at all doors, custom designed shelters and stations, as well as near-level boarding at station platforms. A Metroway fare costs the same as Metrobus, which is $1.75 (using cash & SmarTrip).

See also

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  7. Metro begins express bus service and other improvements to 16th Street Line WMATA press release: 2009-3-30
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