Arlington adding longer buses
“I noticed #wmata’s new rush hour plan to run fewer trains doesn’t include lower fares.”
— Metro rider via Twitter
Arlington County transit riders will notice enhanced bus service on some of the county’s busiest routes starting Monday.
To boost the frequency of weekday service and add weekend trips in the Columbia Pike and Rosslyn-Ballston corridors as well as in the Pentagon City-Crystal City area, Arlington Transit (ART) is adding eight buses that at 40 feet are five feet longer than other buses in its fleet.
Transportation officials say the purchase of extra buses is a response to higher ridership in the county. ART, a network of 15 bus routes, connects Arlington neighborhoods to the regional Metro system. It has grown significantly over the past decade, from a ridership of about 650,000 annually in 2004 to nearly 3 million this year.