Transitway: A Smooth Ride One Year Later

Published on April 17, 2017

The Washington metropolitan region's first Transitway is one year young today and cruising along. 

Arlington opened its section of the Crystal City Potomac Yard Transitway on April 17, 2016, and thousands of bus riders are enjoying a faster trip wherever they're headed.

A joint project with the City of Alexandria, the 4.5-mile Transitway runs between the Crystal City and Braddock Road Metrorail stations. It uses a mix of exclusive and rush hour bus lanes to provide more reliable transit service along the congested Route 1 corridor, offering station amenities like real-time bus arrival information and a higher curb for easier boarding.

WMATA's premium service Metroway is the only bus line that runs along the entire Transitway. Arlington Transit and Metrobuses use some Transitway stations in Crystal City.

First year by the numbers:

  • +45 percent = Increase in Metroway's average weekday ridership

  • +59 percent = Increase in Metroway average weekday ridership during Metro's SafeTrack Surges 3 and 4

  • 3,085 = Average weekday boardings/alightings at all Transitway stations in Arlington

  • 474 = Average weekday boardings/alightings at South Glebe, Arlington's highest ridership Transitway station

  • 2-1/2 minutes = Average time savings for Metroway riders starting at South Glebe, compared to previous Metrobus 9S service