Transit

Transit

Metro

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA/Metro)

Overview

  • WMATA was created by an interstate compact in 1967 to plan, develop, build, finance, and operate a balanced regional transit system in the national capital area.
  • The Authority began building its rail system in 1969, acquired four regional bus systems in 1973, and began operating the first phase of Metrorail in 1976.
  • Metrobus serves the nation’s capital 24 hours a day, seven days a week with 1,500 buses.
  • Metrorail and Metrobus serve a population of 3.4 million within a 1,500-square mile jurisdiction.
  • Metro’s  paratransit service, MetroAccess, began in 1994; it provides about 1.5 million trips per year.

Board of Directors

Consists of seven principle (voting) directors (two from MD, two from VA, two from DC and one from the federal government) and seven alternate directors (two from MD, two from VA, two from DC and one from the federal government).


Metrorail

  • National Ranking: Second largest rail system in the US
  • Service area: Over 1,500 square miles and a population of 3.5 million.
  • Stations: 86
  • Rolling stock: Over 1,100 rail cars
  • Employees: 10,000 employees with $2 billion annual budget
  • Lines: 5
    • Orange: New Carrolton to Vienna
    • Red: Glenmont to Shady Grove
    • Blue: Franconia Springfield to Largo Town Center
    • Yellow: Huntington to Fort Totten
    • Green: Branch Avenue to Greenbelt
  • Miles of Track: 106
  • Ridership:
    • Over 200 million passenger trips per year system wide
    • Northern Virginia Average Daily Trips FY 09 (NVTC)
    • NoVA Weekday: 343,000
    • NoVA FY 09: 92,171,1084

Metrobus

  • National Ranking: 5th
  • Number of buses: 1,500
  • Routes:  350 (approximately)
  • System-wide average daily passenger trips (FY 2007):
    • Annually: 130 million
    • Weekday: 450,000
    • Saturday: 230,000
    • Sunday: 150,000
  • NoVA average ridership:
    • Weekday: 79,000
    • NoVa FY 09 Ridership: 20,816,142

MetroAccess

Program to assist persons with disabilities in getting around the area.

  • Fleet of over 300 vans and sedans
  • 1.6 million trips per year

Contact Information

Website: http://www.wmata.com/
Address: Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority, 600 Fifth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

Commuter Rail

Virginia Railway Express (VRE)

Overview

The Virginia Railway Express is a partnership of Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC) and Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC)

  • Start Date: June 1992
  • Operated 16 trains from 18 stations and carried on average 5,800 passengers daily
    • Currently operate 29 trains from 18 stations and carry on average 16,000 passengers daily
    • In FY 2009, carried 1.91 million passengers
  • Rolling Stock: 67 Gallery Style Coaches/Cabs in service

Click here to view the VRE station/system map.


Fredericksburg Line

  • 12 stations in 8 zones:
    • Zone 1: Union Station and L’Enfant
    • Zone 2: Crystal City and Alexandria
    • Zone 3: Franconia/Springfield
    • Zone 4: Lorton
    • Zone 5: Woodbridge and Rippon
    • Zone 6: Quantico
    • Zone 7:
    • Zone 8:Brooke and Leeland Road
  • 12 trains daily Monday-Friday (5 of which are Amtrak cross honor service)
  • Average Daily Ridership FY 2009: 8,797
  • Maximum Fare (Zone 1 to 8) as of June 29, 2009:
    • Single Ride: $10.30
    • Ten-Trip: $94.80
    • Five-Day: $82.40
    • Monthly: $285.50
    • Transit Link Care (unlimited VRE and METRO fare): $365.50 (max)
    • Amtrak Step-Up Ticket (required for use on Amtrak trains with regular ticket): $10.00

Manassas Line

  • 10 stations in 6 zones:
    • Zone 1: Union Station and L’Enfant
    • Zone 2: Crystal City and Alexandria
    • Zone 3: Backlick Road
    • Zone 4: Rolling Road and Burke Center
    • Zone 5:
    • Zone 6: Manassas Park, Manassas and Broad Run
  • 10 trains daily Monday-Friday (2 of which are Amtrak cross honor service)
  • Average Daily Ridership FY 2009: 8,524 for Manassas
  • Maximum Fare (Zone 1 to 6) as of June 29, 2009:
    • Single Ride: $8.45
    • Ten-Trip: $77.70
    • Five-Day: $67.60
    • Monthly: $234.20
    • Transit Link Care (unlimited VRE and METRO fare): $365.50 (max)
    • Amtrak Step-Up Ticket (required for use on Amtrak trains with regular ticket): $10.00

Total Ridership

  • FY 2007: 3,453,561
  • FY 2008: 3,628,563
  • FY 2009: 3,900,000

Future Plans/Challenges

  • VRE is already operating at or a little above practical capacity, meaning new capacity must be added or potential customers must be turned away. If the local, state and federal governments are unable to increase capital and operating support, VRE will have to maintain status quo, raise fares substantially to curb demand, or find additional sources of funds.
  • By 2025, VRE estimates passenger demand at between 25,000 and 35,000 passengers daily (about double current ridership)
  • Freight and passenger rail currently share the same tracks. Ultimately construction of more parallel tracks will be essential for VRE to serve substantially more riders.

Local Bus Networks

Arlington Transit (ART)

  • Address:Arlington Transit
    2100 Clarendon Boulevard, Suite 900
    Arlington, VA 22201
  • Phone: 703-228-3690
  • Fax: 703-228-7548
  • Email: syaffe@arlingtonva.us
  • Website: http://www.commuterpage.com/art
  • Purpose: Supplements Metrobus; connects to MetroRail and VRE
  • Buses: 30
  • Routes: 10
  • Average Weekday Passenger Trips: 4,900
  • FY 09 Ridership: 1,291,202

City of Alexandria (DASH)

  • Address: Alexandria Transit Service
    116 S Quaker Lane
    Alexandria, VA 22314
  • Phone: 703-746-3274
  • Email: dashbus@alexandriava.gov
  • Website: www.dashbus.com
  • Purpose: Connects the Braddock Road, Eisenhower Avenue, King Street, Van Dorn Street and Pentagon METRO stations to points throughout Alexandria.
  • Buses: 62
  • Routes: 10
  • Average Weekday Passenger Trips: 14,033
  • FY 09 Ridership: 3,661,725

City of Fairfax (CUE)

  • Address: City of Fairfax, Department of Public Works
    10455 Armstrong Street
    Fairfax, VA 22030
  • Phone: 703-385-7859
  • Email: Transportation@fairfaxva.gov
  • Website: http://www.fairfaxva.gov/CueBus/CueBus.asp
  • Purpose: Feeder network to Vienna/GMU Metro station at Nutley St.; GMU faculity/students and Fairfax city travelers
  • Buses: 12
  • Routes: 4
  • Average Weekday Passenger Trips: 3,500
  • FY 09 Ridership: 958,760

City of Falls Church (GEORGE)


Fairfax County (Fairfax Connector)

  • Address: Fairfax County Department of Transportation, Transit Services Division
    Centerpointe 1 Office Building
    4050 Legato Road 4th Floor
    Fairfax, VA 22033
  • Phone: 703-339-7200
  • Fax: 703-877-5638
  • Website: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/connector/
  • Purpose: Bus service throughout Fairfax County
  • Buses: 253
  • Routes: 63
  • Average Weekday Passenger Trips: 33,000
  • FY 09 Ridership: 8,802,764

Loudoun County (Loudoun County Transit)

  • Address: Loudoun County Transportation Services Transit and Commuter Services Division
    1 Harrsion St. SE, 4th Floor Mail Stop 69
    Leesburg, VA 20175
  • Phone: 1-877-465-2287
  • Email: rideshare@loudoun.gov
  • Website: www.loudoun.gov/bus
  • Purpose: Provides service from Loudoun County to Falls Church and Arlington, including a reverse commute bus in the morning from West Falls Church to Verizon and AOL
  • Buses: 36 active, 4 reserve
  • Routes: 8
  • Average Weekday Passenger Trips: 1,900
  • FY 09 Ridership: 809,346

Prince William County (OmniRide/OmniLink)

  • Address: Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission
    14700 Potomac Mills Road
    Woodbridge, VA 22192
  • Phone: 703-583-7782
  • Fax: 703-583-1377
  • Email: Omni@OmniRide.com
  • Website: http://www.prtctransit.org
  • Buses: 126
  • Routes: 20 (7 local and 13 commuter)
  • Average Weekday Passenger Trips: (Commuter/OmniLink) 8,817 (Local/OmniRide) 3,821
  • FY 09 Ridership: 2,889,418