For immediate release: May 9, 2024

Be a Better Bus Hero, engage with Metro on proposed Better Bus Network

The 2025 network redesign seeks to connect people to places they want to go when they want to go with frequent, reliable service

Public comment is now open here.

Metro today announced the launch of our next phase of the Better Bus Network Redesign project to create a bus network to meet the transit needs of our rapidly changing region. Starting May 13 through July 15, we invite you to be a Better Bus Hero by sharing your opinions on the proposed new bus routes.

Metro's Better Bus Network Redesign effort builds on improved service and recent high ridership to deliver a new network that better meets the needs of our communities, including where, when, and how people travel in the region. The proposed redesign seeks to coordinate service with more transportation options to advance equity, sustainability, and increase access to jobs across DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

“Better Bus is an opportunity to rethink, redesign, and revitalize bus service to better serve the needs of our customers,” said Metro General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Randy Clarke. “Everyone has a chance to be a Better Bus Hero by engaging with us in a variety of ways including surveys conducted on buses, Public Hearings, and pop-up events during the public comment period.”

Over the next two months, we’ll be listening to those across the region who want to make bus service better and provide an opportunity to discover the benefits of Metro’s proposed Bus Network Redesign. Through our “Discovery Days” events you’ll be able to explore an interactive expo to learn about the proposed redesign, talk with project staff, and share your feedback. We’re also working with our local government partners and organizations to host community and pop-up events, as well as ride-alongs in areas most impacted by the changes.

The Proposed 2025 Better Bus Network uses current resources to reconfigure bus service, especially on nights and weekends, to make buses more convenient to use. With the proposed service changes there will be some trade-offs, but the result will be routes that are more direct and save existing customers a combined 10,000 hours every weekday. The proposed network also standardizes route names across the system to make bus routes easier to understand.

This proposed 2025 Better Bus Network prepares Metro for the future by creating the building blocks of the expanded bus network the region deserves, serving recent and planned growth areas, and providing more frequent all-day, all-week service. The year-one plan also ensures service is scalable to a Visionary Network that can be achieved as sustainable, predictable funding is made available.

Visit the Better Bus website to explore the proposed network with interactive tools.