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Washington D.C. (8-24-17)

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Took a trip with my family and a friend down to DC. I managed to catch the older Orion V buses, along with new Xcelsior buses on the WMATA routes and on the DC Circulator.
















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One thing I like about the DC Circulator is that the Georgetown Route runs directly into Union Station. It's convenient enough to take straight from the Intercity Bus Operators. Granted, I stayed in Rosslyn, I had to transfer, but it was still pretty decent. Those new buses are sorely needed, especially on the Dupont Circle-Rosslyn route.

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So what's the set-up down there? Are there express buses? Do the poor only use the local buses?


People with less money take the buses around the metro instead of the metrorail as rail is charged by distance

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So what's the set-up down there? Are there express buses? Do the poor only use the local buses?

There are several express bus lines down there.


WMATA has a few, although ones straight to DC were eliminated in June (local buses to the metrorail replaced them). Regular transit buses are used. For the airport routes, a higher fare is charged, and there are upholstered seats (at least on the older models).


Fairfax Connector provides express bus service to Tysons, Rosslyn, and the Pentagon (not to DC though). Regular transit buses are used.


OmniRide and Loudoun County Transit are the commuter bus routes with actual coaches. There are a combination of areas which are serve, including Tysons, the Pentagon, Rosslyn, Ballston, and a lot of Washington DC. The area is also a "hub" for the MTA Maryland routes which are contracted to other companies. You see a lot of different models and companies operating said service. None of these have weekend service, and there's limited weekend service. 


The 5A is the only express bus route operating daily (operated by WMATA).


Most local buses are used by everyone, sometimes regardless of having the Metrorail below them. 

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Thanks for sharing DC transit photos I went on a senior class trip to DC back in 2008 but dont remember what they were running then.

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