About the DASH bus system

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DASH (Driving Alexandrians Safely Home) buses are seen around, across and near the city of Alexandria, Virginia. The City of Alexandria wholly owns the DASH bus system and operates the system as a non-profit public service cooperation. But day to day management of the system is provided by Alexandria Transit Company. The DASH buses are a clean, safe and effective way to get about the city.

DASH bus in the Winter


Tips for Riders:


  •  When the bus arrives, just step into the bus and then deposit the exact fare or use your WMATA SmarTrip card.If you have any questions about routes or transfers ask the driver and then take a seat.
  • On some of the most popular routes or during rush hours, there might not be any available seats. In that case just move as far to the rear of the bus as possible. This makes it easier for others to board easily.DASH bus
  • The bus doesn’t always stop at all bus stops. To signal to the driver that your stop is approaching, press the yellow signal strip or pull the bell cord. It’s best to do this about a block from your destination so the driver has timely notice to stop at the next bus stop.
  • When exiting the bus the rear door is easiest because others may be waiting to board through the front door.


  • There is no smoking, eating, or drinking allowed on the bus.
  • Radios, I-pods and other devices may only be used if they cannot be heard by others
  • There are a limited number of priority seats that are reserved for senior citizens and disable persons. You may sit in these seats, but riders are expected to volunteer that seat if the seat is needed by a senior citizen or disabled person. If the bus is full, riders are expected to volunteer seats as needed.
  • All passengers keep feet off passengers’ seats.

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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Will - very practical and quite useful information on the DASH bus system in the Alexandria VA area.   Knowing the ins/outs is helpful for both residents and visitors alike.  

Apr 17, 2013 02:50 AM #1
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks, Will, for the tips on using the bus service.  We have not yet tried it.

Apr 17, 2013 04:39 AM #2
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Funny how I miss some things like public transit systems when living in a small town without those services.

Apr 17, 2013 08:58 PM #3
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