Bus options for Blue Line riders

Metro officials say that even with increased wait times for Blue Line riders once Silver Line service kicks off later this month, rail is still probably the quickest option for getting where you want to go.

But just in case Metrorail riders are interested in exploring their bus options, here are some details from Metro’s PlanItMetro blog.

Folks headed from Virginia to downtown D.C. or visa versa might want to check the following routes:

7Y, Southern Towers to downtown D.C. — Starting Aug. 24, this bus will be rerouted so it passes within walking distance of five Blue Line stations: Pentagon, Arlington Cemetery, Pentagon City (two blocks) and Crystal City (2 blocks), McPherson Square.

16X, offers limited-stop service between Culmore and Federal Triangle. It stops within walking distance to five Blue Line stations: Pentagon, L’Enfant Plaza, Smithsonian, Federal Triangle and Metro Center.

38B, runs from Ballston to Farragut Square. It will stop within walking distance to three Blue Line stations, Rosslyn, Foggy Bottom and Farragut West.

Other options that connect Virginia to downtown D.C. are:

3Y: Lee Highway to McPherson Square
11Y: Mt Vernon to Potomac Park, which is an express route
16Y: Barcroft to McPherson Square, which offers MetroExtra limited-stop service

Traveling to and from Rosslyn? Here are some bus options.

10R, 10S, runs from Braddock Road to Rosslyn and has three Blue Line stations within walking distance: Braddock Road, Crystal City and Rosslyn.

Arlington Rapid Transit 43, goes from Crystal City to Courthouse and is within walking distance to two Blue Line stations: Crystal City and Rosslyn.

Some Orange Line options:

Arlington Rapid Transit 42: Pentagon to Ballston via Clarendon and Virginia Square
10B: Braddock Road to Ballston
23B: Crystal City to Ballston
25B: Van Dorn Street to Ballston
28A: King Street to West Falls Church
29N: King Street to Vienna

Note the Fairfax Connector bus routes 401, 402:  go from Franconia-Springfield to Dunn Loring.

Also worth noting, Fairfax County officials will be hosting an online discussion on schedule changes and new bus routes related to the opening of the Silver Line on Wednesday, July 9. (HT to @bwtransit for the tip)




Lori Aratani writes about how people live, work and play in the D.C. region for The Post’s Transportation and Development team.



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