Ar­ling­ton adding longer buses

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - — Luz Lazo

“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.

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