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New Crystal City Bus Service Planned for Aug. 24 Launch

(Updated at 4:45 p.m.) The bus line that will eventually run on dedicated lanes in Crystal City and along Route 1 to Alexandria is expected to open to riders later this summer.

WMATA announced today that the partial bus rapid transit line will launch Aug. 24 and will be called “Metroway,” instead of the given 9X route designation that had been previously planned. The dedicated transit lane is the first of its kind in the D.C. area.

The route will go between the Crystal City and Braddock Road Metro stations at first, but WMATA is planning to expand service to the Pentagon City station by 2015. By that time, Arlington expects to finish construction on the dedicated bus lanes it has approved for the northbound route on Crystal Drive and the southbound route along S. Bell and Clark Streets.

A portion of Alexandria’s section of the Metroway route will have dedicated bus lanes when it opens, from Potomac Avenue to E. Glebe Road. There will also be expanded weekend and late night service, WMATA says. Buses will run every six minutes between Crystal City Metro and S. Glebe Road during rush hour, every 12 minutes during weekday off-peak hours and every 20 minutes over the weekend.

“We’re delighted to be partnering with Alexandria on the region’s first dedicated transitway — using separated lanes to encourage travelers up and down the Route 1 corridor to choose transit rather than their cars,” Arlington County Board Vice Chair Mary Hynes said in WMATA’s press release. “We’re proud to be working the kinks out now so that the region’s Priority Bus Corridor Network can be smoothly implemented over the next 15 years.”

Buses along the line will be new, and painted with the “Metroway” branding “that differentiates it from other transit service,” WMATA said in its release. By 2015, WMATA also plans to have off-board fare collection, real-time bus displays, all-door boarding and “traffic signal optimization” to ensure the buses run on time along the route.

The route starting in August will include the following stations:

Northbound:

  • Braddock Rd Metro
  • Fayette Street (Opening 2015)
  • Potomac Avenue
  • Custis Avenue
  • Swann Avenue
  • East Glebe Road
  • Reed Avenue
  • S. Glebe Road
  • 33rd & Crystal Drive (Opening 2015)
  • 27th & Crystal Drive
  • 23rd & Crystal Drive
  • 18th & Crystal Drive
  • Crystal City Metro

Southbound

  • Crystal City Metro
  • 23rd & S. Clark Street
  • 26th & S. Clark Street
  • 27th & Crystal Drive
  • 33rd & Crystal Drive  (Opening 2015)
  • S. Glebe Road
  • Reed Avenue
  • East Glebe Road
  • Swann Avenue
  • Custis Avenue
  • Potomac Avenue
  • Fayette Street (Opening 2015)
  • Braddock Rd Metro

Images courtesy WMATA

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