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  • Hank February 1, 2013 - 10:05 am #64930 Reply

    Good morning.  Does anyone regularly take the 16Y (Columbia Pike to Farragut)?  I was wondering how reliable it is.  Thanks!

    SteveP February 1, 2013 - 10:58 am #64940 Reply

    The 16 buses aren’t the best option for me (I’m closer to Rt 50) and while I occasionally take the 16 (not the 16F though) I cannot offer a personal opinion. If I recall correctly, the 16F has been mentioned in the Arlington 22204 mailing list and how the route was being updated and affected by construction. You might want to search the archives or join (if you’re in 22204 zip code) and post the question. Here’s the link to the group:


    Hank February 1, 2013 - 12:38 pm #64955 Reply

    Cool, I’ll check it out.  Thanks.  FYI the 16Y has a different route from the other 16s… its a rush hour only bus that goes from Columbia Pike to Farragut North/West.

    Tabby_TwoTone February 1, 2013 - 12:44 pm #64956 Reply

    I take the 16Y. Reliable? I suppose. It would be nice if they ran a bit later in the morning. The last bus (at Walter Reed around 9:07 am)  is usually packed.

    In the evening, they can get really bunched up/spread out because of traffic.


    Hank February 1, 2013 - 12:57 pm #64961 Reply

    Good to know.   How long does your ride usually take?

    That lamp looks fragile.

    Tabby_TwoTone February 1, 2013 - 1:12 pm #64963 Reply

    Depends on Route 50–generally anywhere between 20 minutes to 45.

    The advantage the buses have leaving the city is being able to butt in.

    R. Griffon February 1, 2013 - 3:26 pm #64986 Reply

    That lamp looks fragile.

    Fragile?  It’s a major award!

    Tabby_TwoTone February 1, 2013 - 3:58 pm #64988 Reply

    Don’t you touch that! You were always jealous of this lamp.

    Hank February 1, 2013 - 4:08 pm #64989 Reply


    YTK February 1, 2013 - 4:27 pm #64990 Reply

    It runs from Col Pike to McPherson Square — last stop is at the McPh Sq metro. For an express bus it takes forever to get to McPh. It WOULD be nice if it ran beyond 9 am- as it serves an area (near G W University) that VERY few if any other metrobuses serve.
    Carry that lamp on the 16Y AYOR.

    YTK February 1, 2013 - 4:41 pm #64991 Reply

    Back in the 70′s there was the wonderful 16Z- which ran From Col Pike up to 14th street  and ended at Farragut Square. iI was a student at the Corcoran back then and it was EZ to get off at 14th and walk the 4 blocks to my destination.

    Then there was the 13A and B, which ran all day and on the weekends too. It was replaced by the 7Y which has limited day runs and no weekend run at all.  It seems that the changes Metro is making now are to benefit them and not us.

    SteveP February 4, 2013 - 10:08 am #65006 Reply

    My bad, I actually meant the 16Y has been discussed.

    I had been trying to recall which 16 is the express (16F? 16G?) I took on occasion and then typed in a different letter.

    speonjosh February 4, 2013 - 4:20 pm #65045 Reply

    In my opinion, the 16Y is very reliable. Ever since it went “express” a few months back, it comes with an impressive frequency and rarely suffers from bunching. My understanding is that WMATA actually parks empty buses along the route and puts them into service in order to maintain headways if necessary. I have seen this happen.

    Nonetheless, it is a very popular route and is usually standing room only by the time it leaves Arlington in the morning and DC in the evening. Time in transit obviously depends entirely on traffic. Mornings are usually worse. My only gripes these days are that they recently added some additional stops in Arlington that just slow down the whole thing while only serving two or three people. (And that it bypasses the obvious entry onto Route 50 from Washington Blvd to go all the way around to Pershing.)

    The 16F is the other “express” route, although it runs much less frequently. I rarely see a 16F in the morning. It crosses the 14th St bridge, turns right on Independence Ave and follows a winding route to end around 11th and F or something like that.

    Hank February 4, 2013 - 4:26 pm #65046 Reply

    Thanks for the info, everyone.  This seems like a pretty decent alternative to taking the 16 A-E to the Pentagon to hop on the Blue line.

    Tabby_TwoTone February 4, 2013 - 5:17 pm #65051 Reply

    “And that it bypasses the obvious entry onto Route 50 from Washington Blvd to go all the way around to Pershing.”


    Not always–seems to depend on the driver. Remember the entertainer, who’d drill people with TV quizzes? He’d yell out “fast way, or slow way?” on approach to 50. Everyone would yell “fast!’

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