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Schematic of new bus service on Columbia Pike.

Schematic of new bus service on Columbia Pike.

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Numerous Bus Service Changes Take Effect This Week

Service changes have arrived for bus riders who commute through Arlington County along Columbia Pike thanks to adjustments to Pike Ride — the combined Metrobus and ART service on the Pike and surrounding areas.

Metrobus service has increased the number of trips and direct service between the Pentagon Metrorail Station, Annandale and Culmore. The transit agency has also established weekday rush-hour service to Federal Triangle. The following Metrobus service is effective Sunday:

16A, 16C and 16E

  • 16A: Operates all day, every day between Annandale and Pentagon Metro Station.
  • 16C: Operates all day, every day between Culmore and Pentagon Metro Station. During weekday rush hours, every other trip servces Federal Triangle.
  • Both 16A and 16C will serve limited stops along Columbia Pike in Arlington County.
  • 16E, 16G and 16H: Serves all stops along Columbia Pike in Arlington County.
  • 16E: Operates seven days a week between Culmore, Pentagon City and Pentagon Metro Stations, and Franklin Square in DC.

16G and 16H

  • Service on both will become more frequent between Arlington Mill and Pentagon City Metrorail Station.
  • During weekday rush hour, service will operate every 12 minutes (combined service will be every six minutes during rush hour).
  • During non-rush hour, service will operate every 24-30 minutes (combined service will be every 12-15 minutes).
  • Destination signs on westbound 16G buses will be changed to “Arlington Mill” instead of “Columbia Heights West.”
  • 16H will now operate all day, every day to Skyline City.

16L and 16Y

  • No changes

New I-66 Commuter Line

Meanwhile, a new bus line is scheduled to begin service Monday from the Front Royal and Linden park-and-ride lots to Washington, providing commuters from the western exburbs with an additional option to get into the District during construction along Interstate 66.

Stops are tentatively planned for Metro Center and L’Enfant Plaza.

As part of the Transform 66 project, VDOT and local partners have sponsored a number of commuter options during I-66 roadwork, including half-price bus fares and expanded carpool, vanpool, and telework incentives for commuters and employers. The programs encourage travelers to find alternatives to driving alone on I-66 as construction accelerates.

Cash-Free Metrobus 79

In a pilot program, Route 79 between Silver Spring and downtown DC will no longer allow passengers to pay with cash or add value on their SmarTrip cards on the bus.

Rosslyn Bus Tunnel

Metro opened the long-awaited Rosslyn Bus Tunnel on Sunday. The bus-only tunnel between North Moore and North Lynn Streets will eliminate the long-term construction detour.

DC Circulator on the Southwest Waterfront

Beginning Sunday, there will be a new route connecting Eastern Market to L’Enfant Plaza, and another connecting Congress Heights to Union Station. These new routes will include stops at Barracks Row, the Navy Yard, and Anacostia. It will still cost $1 to ride the DC Circulator. Details on the adjustments can be found here.

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