DASH (bus)

DASH (bus)

DASH sign on a lamppost on Duke St.

Driving Alexandria Safely Home (DASH) is the public bus system for the city of Alexandria, Virginia, operated by the Alexandria Transit Company, a non-profit organization wholly owned by the city.

History

DASH was founded in 1984 with a fleet of 17 buses by the City of Alexandria to supplement Metrobus service within the city. In its first year of operation, DASH carried less than one million passengers. Today, DASH carries over 4 million passengers a year and has a fleet of 79 buses.

Ridership

DASH carries roughly 14,000 passengers per weekday within the City of Alexandria, Virginia. The AT8 route, which runs through the Duke Street corridor, is DASH's busiest route with about 3,000 rides per weekday. In 2011, DASH ordered three new 40' Gillig Low Floor diesel-electric hybrid buses, which are 5' longer than the rest of the DASH fleet. These buses went into service in April 2012. Five additional 40' Gillig Low Floor diesel-electric hybrid buses went into service in March 2013. The new 40' buses are used on the AT8 route to reduce crowding. On July 28, 2014, DASH introduced the new AT9 Crosstown Route. The AT9 provides crosstown connections between Mark Center, Southern Towers, Northern Virginia Community College, Bradlee Shopping Center, Shirlington Transit Center in Arlington, Parkfairfax, Arlandria and Potomac Yard.

Fares

DASH's current base fare is $1.60 for riders paying cash or SmarTrip. In 2007, DASH converted its buses to allow the use of the WMATA SmarTrip, an electronic debit farecard. DASH continued to accept and issue paper transfers until they were eliminated altogether January 1, 2013.

Fleet

DASH bus fleet roster (current as of July 2015):

  • 1999 35' Orion V (59-68)
  • 2001 35' Orion V (69-76)
  • 2004 35' Orion V (77-90)
  • 2007 35' Orion V (91-99)
  • 2007 35' Gillig Phantom (100-103)
  • 2011 35' Gillig Advantage Low Floor HEV (200-206)
  • 2012 35' Gillig Advantage Low Floor HEV (207-211)
  • 2014 35' Gillig Advantage Low Floor HEV (212-216)
  • 2015 35' Gillig Advantage Low Floor HEV (217-229)
  • 2011 40' Gillig Advantage Low Floor HEV (300-302)
  • 2012 40' Gillig Advantage Low Floor HEV (303-307)
  • 2014 40' Gillig Advantage Low Floor HEV (308-311)
  • 2011 29' Gillig Advantage Low Floor Trolley HEV (400-404)^
  • 2015 35' Gillig Advantage Low Floor Trolley HEV (405)^

^operates under the King Street Trolley branding

The DASH bus fleet roster has over 100 buses in total.

All buses are now equipped with bike racks.

Bus routes

Routes Route Description
AT1 Van Dorn Street station, Eisenhower Avenue - Seminary Plaza
AT2 Braddock Road stationLandmark
AT3 Hunting PointShirlington
AT4 Old TownPentagon City station
AT3/4 Old Town Alexandria via Parkfairfax Loop
AT5 Braddock Road railway stationVan Dorn Street station
AT6 King Street – Old Town - Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC)
AT7 Nannie J. Lee Center - Landmark Mall
AT8 Van Dorn Street station - Old Town Alexandria
AT9 Potomac Yard Shopping Center - Mark Center
AT10 King Street – Old Town - Potomac Yard Shopping Center
King Street Trolley Potomac River Waterfront - King Street – Old Town

External links

  • Official site