DASH (Alexandria Transit Company)

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The Alexandria Transit Company or as its known by its short moniker, DASH (which unofficially stands for "Driving Alexandria Safely Home"), is the transit system in the city of Alexandria, Virginia. DASH, which began in 1984, provides services to 4.5 million plus riders monthly through a network of routes that are highly focused on equal access to convenient and sustainable transportation throughout the City of Alexandria.

Routes

Schedules/[System map]

Daily

  • 30 Old Town Circulator - Van Dorn St Metro / S. Whiting St. / Duke St. / King St.-Old Town Metro / Braddock Rd Metro
  • 31 Old Town Circulator - NVCC Alexandria Campus / King St. / King St.-Old Town Metro / Braddock Rd Metro
  • 32 - Landmark Transit Center / Eisenhower Av. / S. Pickett St. / King St.-Old Town Metro
  • 33 - King St.-Old Town Metro / Commonwealth Av. / Mt. Vernon Av. / Potomac Yard Center
  • 34 - Lee Center / Old Town North / Rt. 1 Transitway / Potomac Yard Center
  • 35 - Van Dorn St Metro / Yoakum Pkwy. / N. Beauregard St. / Pentagon Metro
  • 36A - Mark Center Station / Menokin Dr / Shirlington Station / Glebe Rd. / Potomac Yard Center
  • 36B - Mark Center Station / Park Place / Shirlington Station / Glebe Rd. / Potomac Yard Center
  • King Street Trolley - King St.-Old Town Metro / Market Square-City Hall

Weekday Only

  • 102 - Mark Center Station / Seminary Rd. / Janney's Ln / King St.-Old Town Metro

Rush Hour Only

  • 103 - Braddock Rd Metro / Russell Rd. / W. Glebe Rd. / Pentagon Metro
  • 104 - Braddock Rd Metro / Cameron Mills Dr. / Parkfairfax / Pentagon Metro

Fares

DASH is a Fare-Free System

Facilities

Garage/Office

  • Address: 3000 Business Center Dr., Alexandria, VA 22314
  • Email: dashbus@alexandriava.gov

Bus Roster

Fleet Legend

  • 100 Series - Special Fleet (Charter & Active Reserve)
  • 200 Series - 35-Foot Hybrid-Electrics
  • 300 Series - 40-Foot Hybrid-Electrics
  • 400 Series - Trollies
  • 500 Series - 35-Foot Diesels
  • 600 Series - 60-Foot Diesels
  • 700 Series - 40-Foot Diesels
  • 800 Series - 40-Foot Battery-Electrics
  • 900 Series - 60-Foot Battery-Electrics

Active

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
96 DASH (Alexandria Transit Company) 92-a.jpg 2007 OBI Orion V
(05.503)
Cummins ISM 280 hp Voith D864.3E
  • This bus is active ready-reserve for service (last resort).
101-102
(2nd)
Alexandria Transit Company 102-a.jpeg 2005 Gillig Phantom Suburban
(C29D102N4)
Cummins ISL Allison B400R
  • Ex-PRTC 185 & 187; bought in spring 2019.
  • Originally numbered 701-702. They were renumbered to 101-102 to avoid a numbering conflict with new buses being delivered.
  • Purchased for use on the WMATA Blue Line Shuttle.
  • These buses are active ready-reserve for service.
103-105 Alexandria Transit Company 103-c.jpg 2002 MCI D4500 Detroit Diesel Series 60 12.7L Allison B500
  • Ex-PRTC 325, 328, 336; purchased in summer 2019.
  • Originally numbered 703-705; renumbered to 103-105 to avoid a numbering conflict with new buses being delivered.
  • Purchased for use on the WMATA Blue Line Shuttle.
  • Currently used for charters, Alexandria city support and active ready-reserve for service.
200-206 Alexandria Transit Company 205-a.jpg 2011 Gillig Hybrid Low Floor 35'
(G30B102N4)
Cummins ISB6.7 Allison H 40 EP
207-211 Alexandria Transit Company 208-a.jpg 2012 Gillig Hybrid Low Floor 35'
(G30B102N4)
Cummins ISB6.7 Allison H 40 EP
  • Currently being retired.
212-216 Alexandria Transit Company 215-a.jpg 2014 Gillig Hybrid Low Floor 35'
(G30B102N4)
Cummins ISB6.7 Allison H 40 EP
217-229 Alexandria Transit Company 226-a.jpg 2015 Gillig Hybrid Low Floor 35'
(G30B102N4)
Cummins ISB6.7 Allison H 40 EP
  • 225-229 wrapped for route 35 West End service.
230-233 Alexandria Transit Company 233-a.jpg 2017 Gillig Hybrid Low Floor 35'
(G30B102N4)
Cummins ISB6.7 Allison H 40 EP
  • 230-232 wrapped for route 35 West End service.
  • 233 wrapped for DASH Tracker
300-302 Alexandria Transit Company 302-a.jpg 2011 Gillig Hybrid Low Floor 40'
(G30D102N4)
Cummins ISB6.7 Allison H 40 EP
303-307 Alexandria Transit Company 305-a.jpg 2012 Gillig Hybrid Low Floor 40'
(G30D102N4)
Cummins ISB6.7 Allison H 40 EP
  • Currently being retired.
308-309 Alexandria Transit Company 309-a.jpg 2014 Gillig Hybrid Low Floor 40'
(G30D102N4)
Cummins ISB6.7 Allison H 40 EP
310-311 Alexandria Transit Company 310-a.jpg 2017 Gillig Hybrid Low Floor 40'
(G30D102N4)
Cummins ISB6.7 Allison H 40 EP
  • Wrapped for route 35 West End service.
400-404 Alexandria Transit Company 402-a.jpg 2011 Gillig Hybrid Trolley 29'
(G30E102N2)
Cummins ISB6.7 Allison H 40 EP
  • Used exclusively on the King Street Trolley route.
405 Alexandria Transit Company 405-a.jpg 2015 Gillig Hybrid Trolley 35'
(G30B102N4)
Cummins ISB6.7 Allison H 40 EP
  • Used exclusively on the King Street Trolley route.
18501-18514 Alexandria Transit Company 510-a.jpg 2018 Gillig Low Floor 35'
(G27B102N4)
Cummins L9 501-502: Allison B3400xFE
503-514: Allison B400R
19515-19527 Alexandria Transit Company 517-a.jpg 2019 NFI Xcelsior
(XD35)
Cummins L9 Allison B400R
20528-20530 Alexandria Transit Company 529-a.jpg 2020 NFI Xcelsior
(XD35)
Cummins L9 Allison B3400xFE
20701-20705 Alexandria Transit Company 703-a.jpg 2020 NFI Xcelsior
(XD40)
Cummins L9 Allison B3400xFE
  • 703 features a Hanover full colour destination display with a Hanover passenger information system/multimedia screens and was wrapped in pride livery.
23706-23715 Alexandria Transit Company 706-a.jpg 2023 NFI Xcelsior
(XD40)
Cummins L9 Allison B3400xFE
  • 707 is wrapped in pride livery.
  • 710 and 715 features partial wrap for DASH's 40th Anniversary.
20801-20803 Alexandria Transit Company 801-a.jpg 2020 NFI Xcelsior CHARGE
(XE40)
Siemens ELFA3 N/A
  • Features XALT Energy 466 kWh lithium-ion batteries.
21804-21810 Alexandria Transit Company 807-a.jpg 2021 Proterra ZX5+ UQM PowerPhase® HD 250(+) Eaton EEV-7202 EV
  • Features 492 kWh lithium-ion batteries.
21901-21904 Alexandria Transit Company 902-a.jpg 2021 NFI Xcelsior CHARGE
(XE60)
ZF AVE 130 Electric Portal (2nd Axle)
Siemens ELFA3 (3rd Axle)
N/A
  • Features XALT Energy 524 kWh lithium-ion batteries.
  • NG model with new roof style.

On Order

Fleet
Number(s)
Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
25905-25906 2024 NFI Xcelsior CHARGE NG
(XE60)
  • Two (2) electric articulated buses expected in Late 2024/Early 2025 and is currently in pre-production, funded by the I-395 Commuter Choice Program. These buses will be wrapped for Route 35 West End Service. [1]
(6 units) 2024-25
  • Planned, six (6) diesel buses expected in FY26 and likely to be DASH's last clean diesel bus order.
  • This order will consist of a combination of two (2) articulateds and four (4) 35-footers.
  • These are scheduled to replace six (6) GILLIG Hybrid Low Floor buses.
(13 units) 2025
  • Thirteen (13) electric buses expected in FY25 funded by the FY23 FTA Bus and Low- and No-Emission Grant Awards. [2]
  • This order will consist of a combination of five (5) 35-foot Trolley Replicas and eight (8) 40-footers.
  • These are scheduled to replace five (5) GILLIG Hybrid Trolley buses and eight (8) GILLIG Hybrid Low Floor buses.
(12 units) 2026
  • Planned, twelve (12) electric buses expected in FY26.
  • These are scheduled to replace GILLIG Hybrid Low Floor buses.

Retired

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
1-17 12/1983
1/1984
BIA Orion I
(01.502)
Detroit Diesel Series 71 (6V71N)
190 hp
Allison MT-644
  • 1983 & 1984 models.
  • View the series page for detailed disposition info.
18-19 1986 BIA Orion I
(01.507)
Detroit Diesel Series 92 (6V92TA) 277 hp Allison HT-747
20-28 DASH (Alexandria Transit Company) 28-a.jpg 1990 BIA Orion I
(01.507)
Cummins L10 270 hp Voith D863.2
  • 20 & 24 were leased to NORTA in 2006.
  • 28 is preserved by Commonwealth Coach & Trolley of Roanoke, VA.
29-33 1991 BIA Orion I
(01.507)
Cummins L10 280 hp Voith D863.2
  • 29-32 were leased to NORTA in 2006.
34-43 DASH (Alexandria Transit Company) 37-a.jpg 1996 Gillig Phantom 35'
(3596TB6CT)
Cummins C8.3 275 hp Allison B400R
  • 38-39 retired in 2012.
44-53 DASH (Alexandria Transit Company) 48-a.jpg 1998 Gillig Phantom 35'
(C18B096N4)
Cummins ISC 280 hp Voith D863.3
  • 53 was preserved by the DMV Mass Transit Museum until August 2017. It was listed on ebay in Manassas, VA.[3] It was last noted to have been sold to a private owner in New Jersey as an RV conversion project.
54-58 1999 Gillig Phantom 35'
(C21B096N4)
Cummins ISM 280 hp Voith D863.3
59-68 DASH (Alexandria Transit Company) 64-a.jpg 2000 OBI Orion V
(05.503)
Cummins ISM 280 hp Voith D863.3
  • 68 was painted light blue and was used as a driver training and community bus. Children were able to hand-paint the bus once a year. It was occasionally used on the WMATA Blue Line Shuttle on an as-needed basis.
69-76 Alexandria Transit Company 70-a.jpg 2002 OBI Orion V
(05.503)
Cummins ISM 280 hp Voith D863.3E
  • Numerous units were reactivated for the WMATA rail replacement shuttle in summer 2019.[4]
77-90 DASH (Alexandria Transit Company) 89-a.jpg 2004-2005 OBI Orion V
(05.503)
Cummins ISM 280 hp Voith D864.3E
  • 81 and 83 are privately owned.
  • 78 and 89 were scrapped in October 2020.
91-95, 97-99 DASH (Alexandria Transit Company) 92-a.jpg 2007 OBI Orion V
(05.503)
Cummins ISM 280 hp Voith D864.3E
  • Retired on July 1, 2022.[5]
  • Bus 95 is preserved by the Museum of Bus Transportation in Hershey, PA.
  • Bus 97 is preserved by the Friends of the NJ Transportation Heritage Center in Lakewood, NJ.
100-103 DASH (Alexandria Transit Company) 101-a.jpg 2007 Gillig Phantom 35'
(C21B096N4)
Cummins ISM 280 hp Allison B400R
601-614 DASH (Alexandria Transit Company) 601-a.jpg 2002 Neoplan USA AN460 Detroit Diesel Series 60 Allison B500R

External Links

References


District of Columbia Area Transit Agencies
Bus
District of Columbia American University ShuttleDC CirculatorGeorgetown University Transportation ShuttleSouthwest Neighborhood ShuttleWashington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Maryland Maryland Transit Administration • Prince George's County Transit • Ride-OnUniversity of Maryland
Virginia Arlington TransitCUE BusDASH (Alexandria Transit Company)Fairfax ConnectorLoudoun County TransitMetropolitan Washington Airports AuthorityPotomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission
Rail
District of Columbia DC StreetcarMetrorail
Maryland Maryland Area Regional Commuter
Virginia Virginia Railway Express