Assessment of Metrobus Late-Night Service (en español)
Purpose and Background
Although considerable resources are devoted to providing peak hour transit options tailored to weekday commuters, the demand for transit service outside of the traditional peak periods is growing. Demographic shifts, emerging growth trends favoring 18-hour walkable activity centers in the regional (DC, Arlington, Alexandria) core, and the needs of service sector and late shift workers are among the factors driving the needs for off-peak service. While Metrorail typically closes at midnight (on weekdays), Metrobus provides the bulk of the region’s late night service (service extending from 11pm to 4am, the defined late night period for Metrobus).
This study seeks to analyze the performance of the principal lines in the late night Metrobus network. The study will examine the performance of existing late night Metrobus service, connections among bus routes and between late night activity centers, the potential for 24 hour bus service, branding late night bus service, and will make recommendations for near term service improvements.
A rider surveys in support of a new study examining late night bus service will be conducted in early April. Riders of many of the most heavily-used Metrobus routes may notice surveyors at major bus stops that tend to experience large numbers of late night boardings.
Another major component of the public outreach is through our online survey, which asks a variety of questions about riders’ experience with late night Metrobus service. Please take the survey below.
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Reports & Publications
Final Report (April 2016)
If you would like to contact the project team, please send an e-mail directly to them.