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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 km 2) 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. [5] 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. [6]


As of June 25, 2017, the Metrobus fare structure is as follows: [7]

  • Local bus within the District of Columbia, Central Maryland and Northern Virginia, (except as noted below): $2.00 (using cash & SmarTrip)
  • Express bus: $4.25 (using cash & SmarTrip)
  • Express Airport buses 5A and B30: $7.50

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: 11Y, 17B, 17G, 17H, 17K, 17L, 17M, 18G, 18H, 18P and 29W.

Transfers and passes

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 exclusively 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 $1.50 $3.75 $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 380, 595, and 597) Ride-On (except route 70) Free $2.25 N/A
Fairfax Connector routes 380, 595 and 597 Ride-On route 70 Metrobus express routes PRTC OmniRide Free Free N/A
The Bus CUE Free $2.25 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

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 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. 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.

Image Builder Manufacture Model Length Order Year Fleet Number Fuel Propulsion Powertrain (Engine/Transmission) Notes Divisions
The interior of a WMATA (Metrobus) New Flyer D40LFR Suburban
Orion Bus Industries Orion V (05.501)40 ft (12.19 m)20002100-2231 (132 buses) Diesel
  • Southern Ave
  • Landover
  • Bladensburg
  • Shepherd Parkway
Orion VII (07.501)40 ft (12.19 m)2005- 20062501-2685, 2701-2730 (215 buses) CNG
  • Cummins Westport C Gas Plus
  • Voith D.864.3E
  • 2674-2685 were formerly used on the REX service; they displaced older buses used for the service (Orion VIs 2073-2084). When newer buses (DE40LFAs) displaced these units, 2674-2676 were repainted in the standard red livery, while 2677-2685 were repainted in the blue MetroExtra livery between June and August 2014.
  • Some of these buses have moved to Shepherd Parkway upon completion of their CNG facilities.
  • Bladensburg (2501-2582, 2678-2685)
  • Four Mile Run (2583-2677, 2701-2730)
  • Shepherd Parkway
Orion VII (07.503)30 ft (9.144 m)20063001-3035 (35 buses)
  • Cummins C Gas Plus
  • Voith D864.3
  • Bladensburg (3001-3028)
  • Four Mile Run (3029-3035)
New Flyer Industries DE40LF40 ft (12.19 m)20056001-6039 (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)
DE40LFR40 ft (12.19 m)20066040-6050 (11 buses)
  • Cummins ISL
  • Allison EP 40 hybrid system
  • Replaced some pre-1993 40-ft buses.
  • Part of a split order with MTA Maryland
  • 6040 was repainted into the blue "MetroExtra" livery after an accident with a MARC Train in 2009.
  • 6041-6050 were repainted into the standard red livery
  • Landover (6042-6050)
  • Montgomery (6040-6041)
D40LFR40 ft (12.19 m)20066101-6217 (117 buses) Diesel
  • 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 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.
  • 6102 was involved in a hijacking incident that occurred in May 2016, but has been sent for repairs.
  • Southern Ave (6101-6146)
  • Northern (6147-6157)
  • Western (6158-6166; 6170-6173)
  • Landover (6167-6169; 6174-6217)
  • Shepherd Parkway (61XX-61XX)
C40LFR40 ft (12.19 m)20072801-2825 (25 buses) CNG
  • Cummins C Gas Plus
  • Voith D864.3
  • 2801-2816 are painted in MetroExtra livery.
  • Bladensburg (all units)
NABI 60-BRT60 ft (18.29 m)20085401-5422 (22 buses)
  • Cummins Westport ISL G
  • Allison B500R
  • Replaced older articulated buses on the X2 line.
  • All units except 5413 have been rehabilitated.
  • Bladensburg (all units)
New Flyer Industries DE40LFA42 ft (12.80 m)2008-20096301-6461 (161 buses) Diesel-electric Hybrid
  • Cummins ISL
  • Allison EP 40 Hybrid System.
  • Replaced many pre-1997 40-ft buses.
  • 6413-6461 are painted in MetroExtra livery. 6387 was rehabilitated as a MetroExtra bus but is painted in the standard red livery.
  • 6367 and 6389 were retired after separate fires on September 3, 2014 and January 30, 2017, respectively.
  • Shepherd Parkway (6301-6345, 6347-6351, 6353-6355, 6407-6423)
  • Montgomery (6346, 6352, 6356-6406)
  • Northern (6424-6461)

DE60LFA62 ft (18.90 m)20095431-5452 (22 buses)
  • Cummins ISL
  • Allison EP 50 Hybrid System.
  • Replaced the remaining 1995 Ikarus 436s.
  • Currently being overhauled. (Bus 5438 is now fully refurbished)
  • Montgomery (5431-5449)
  • Bladensburg (5450-5452)

DE35LFA37 ft (11.28 m)3751-3770 (20 buses)
  • Cummins ISL
  • Allison EP 40 Hybrid System.
  • Replaced the 1990 35-ft Flxible Metro "B"'s (35102-6C)
  • Shepherd Parkway (3751-3753)
  • West Ox (3754-3770)

DE40LFA42 ft (12.80 m)20106462-6609 (148 buses)
  • Cummins ISL
  • Allison EP 40 Hybrid System.
  • Replaced many remaining pre-1997 40-ft 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.
  • 6487 was retired.
  • 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) are being reverted to regular red Metrobuses following rehabilitation.
  • Currently being overhauled.
  • Western (6488-6521)
  • Northern (6462-6486 and 6522-6543)
  • Shepherd Parkway (6544-6568)
  • West Ox (6569-6609)
XDE4040 ft (12.19 m)20117001-7152 (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)
  • Some Flxible Metro-B's were still on reserve when the very first units arrived.
  • 7091-7100 are in the silver-and-blue MetroExtra livery.
  • 7086-7090 were repainted into the silver-and-blue 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.
  • Landover (7001-7080)
  • Montgomery (7081-7098)
  • Northern (7099-7100)
  • Western (7101-7152)

2012-20137153-7272 (120 buses)
  • Cummins ISL9
  • Allison H 40 EP Hybrid System
  • Replaced the 2000 Orion VIs & most 1997 Orion Vs.
  • Bus 7255 is out of service for repairs.
  • Western (7153-7167)
  • West Ox (7168-7205)
  • Northern (7206-7224)
  • Montgomery (7225-7272)
Orion Bus Industries Orion VII BRT (07.503)30 ft (9.144 m)20123063-3087 (25 buses)
  • Cummins ISB6.7
  • BAE System HybriDrive Hybrid System
  • Replaced the 30-foot Orion Vs.
  • 3082-3087 are painted in a green TAGS livery.
  • Shepherd Parkway (3063-3069)
  • Western (3070-3081)
  • Four Mile Run (3082-3087)
30 ft (9.144 m)3036-3062 (27 buses) Diesel
  • Cummins ISL9
  • Allison B400R
  • Replaced the 30-foot Orion Vs.
  • Landover (3036-3044)
  • Shepherd Parkway (3045-3062)
NABI 42-BRT (42-BRT.08)42 ft (12.80 m)2014-20158001-8105 (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.
  • 8096-8105 have Cummins ISL 330 HP engines.
  • 8055 was retired due to damage from an accident.
  • All 2014-2015 NABI 8000 series units are currently parked and out of service due to multiple occasions of faulty switches causing buses to stall and lose power while in operation. [24]
  • On November 29, 2017, WMATA announced that buses would be gradually put back into service over the course of a month. [25]
  • Shepherd Parkway (all units)
New Flyer Industries XDE6060 ft (18.29 m)20155460-5480 (21 buses)
  • Cummins ISL 9
  • Allison EP 50 Hybrid System
  • Replaced the 2002 Neoplan AN460s.
  • First in WMATA Bus Fleet to feature white LED destination signs.
  • 5461 is out of service for repairs.
  • Northern (all units)
XN4040 ft (12.19 m)2015-20162830-2993 (164 buses) CNG
  • Cummins Westport ISL G
  • Allison B400R
  • Replaced all C40LFs.
  • 2881 is out of service due to damage from an accident.
  • 2915 and 2934 are 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).
  • Bladensburg (2830-2911)
  • Four Mile Run (2912-2993)

XDE4040 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 to replace some 2000 Orion Vs.
  • Southern Ave (7300-7334)
  • Northern (7335-7355)
  • Montgomery (7356-7384)
  • Landover (7385-7409)
XE40 [9] 40 ft (12.19 m)20161001 (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

On Order

Builder Model Length Order Year Fleet Number Fuel Propulsion Powertrain (Engine/Transmission)
XN40 [26] New Flyer Industries 40 ft (12.19 m) 2018 4000?-4099? (100 buses) CNG
  • Cummins Westport ISL G NZ
  • Allison B400R
  • 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.
  • Note: Also, the numbering for the 2017 New Flyer XN40 buses is to be determined.

Retired fleet

  • 1974-1975 AM General Metropolitans #7000-7619 (Retired in early 1990s).
  • 1983 M.A.N Articulated Buses #5101-5133 (Retired in 2003-2004).
  • 1983-1984 Neoplan USA AN440A #9500-9576 (Retired in early 1990s).
  • 1976-1978 Flxible New Looks #8000-8661 (Retired in 1996-1997)
  • 1988 Gillig Corporation|Gillig Phantoms #5080-5099 (Retired in 2001)
  • 1959-1974 GMC Fishbowls #1000-6724.1400 and 1461 are preserved at Landover Division, 6481 is at the Sea Shore Trolley Museum. (Last units retired in early 2000s).
  • 1953 GMC Old Looks #1912 Preserved at Landover Division
  • 1979 GMC RTS II #9001-9111, 9113-9115. 9112 is preserved and used for rodeo touring purposes at Landover. (Retired in 2001)
  • 1986-1987 Flxible Metro A #8700-8799, 8950-8975 (without wheelchair lifts), 8800-8922 (with wheelchair lifts)(Retired in 2004-2006)
  • 1988 Flxible Metro B #9201-9239 (with wheelchair lifts), 9251-9289 (without wheelchair lifts)(Retired in 2005-2006)
  • 1989 Flxible Metro B #5151-5185 (30 ft)(Retired in 2006)
  • 1990 Flxible Metro B #9301-9413 (40 ft with wheelchair lifts)(Retired in 2010-2011)
  • 1990 Flxible Metro B #9421-9463 (40 ft without wheelchair lifts)(Retired in 2006-2007)
  • 1991 Flxible Metro B #9480-9498 (35 ft)(Retired in 2009)
  • 1993 Flxible Metro D #9701-9703, 9705-9785 (Retired in 2009,9704 was repainted as a Rodeo Bus, but is now retired.)
  • 1994 Flxible Metro D #9801-9835 (Retired in 2010)
  • 1995 Flxible Metro E #4001-4104 (Retired in 2010)
  • 1992 Orion V #9601-9660 (Retired in 2008)
  • 1999 Orion V 30 ft #3900-3950 (Retired in 2013, 2014 From Ride-On)
  • 2000 Orion VI #2000-2099 (Retired in 2012)
  • 1999-2000 Orion II #3701-3742 (Retired in 2009).
  • 1995 Nabi American Ikarus Articulated Buses #5201-5245 (Retired in 2011)
  • 2002 Neoplan USA AN460A #5301-5321 (Retired in 2015-2016)
  • 1997-1998 Orion V #4200-4412 (Retired in 2011-2016) (4271 was repainted into the Metro 4th Generation paint scheme, similar to the Neoplan 4th generation paint scheme style, only used for rodeo purposes at Landover division; 4408 & 4412 are being used as training vehicles.)
  • 2001-2002 New Flyer C40LF #2300-2464 (Retired in 2016)


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 in 2009.
  • 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 [10] Cinder Bed Road & Hill Park Dr, VA 160
  • Planned open in 2017 to replace Royal Street Division.
Andrews Federal Campus [11] Forestville Rd & Rena Rd in Forestvile, MD 175
  • Planned to replace Southern Avenue Annex Division in 2018.

Richmond Highway Express

Metrobus's old stop marker design, seen here at Glenmont station.

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
Metrobus's new stop marker design, seen here at the BWI Business District Light Rail Station.
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), 11 2010 New Flyer DE40LFA buses (6462-6472), 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, 37, 39, 59, 79, A9, G9, J4, K9, S9, W9, and X9. MetroExtra costs the same fare as Metrobus $2.00 (using cash & SmarTrip). MetroExtra operates from Bladensburg, Montgomery, Northern, Four Mile Run and Shepherd Parkway Divisions.


The Metroway logo
A 2010 New Flyer Industries DE40LFA bus that was repainted in the REX blue-and-gold paint scheme. Pictured here is bus 6555.
Bus 8009, one of the 13 2014 NABI 42 BRT diesel-electric hybrid buses that were originally in the Metroway scheme until December 18, 2016.

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. 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 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).

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