WASHINGTON DC TRANSIT


WMATA TRANSIT INFORMATION

Official Web site of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

In 1973, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority became responsible for all public transportation in the Washington DC area, acquiring four private bus companies. The last streetcars ran in 1962. And in 1976, the first Metro rail line opened.


STREET RAILWAY COMPANIES

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

MARYLAND

VIRGINIA

Several individual streetcar companies were eventually consolidated into a single company, prior to conversion to buses.


TRANSIT ROUTES - PAST AND PRESENT

VIRGINIA

DC & MARYLAND (NORTH OF DC)

MARYLAND (EAST OF DC)

How the electric railways and private bus companies evolved into today's bus system.


BUS GARAGE/OPERATING FACILITY LOCATIONS

Zoomable Google Maps show locations of present transit facilities. Satellite views are also available.


LINKS

Jon Bell's Rail Transit Pages/Washington

Building The Washington Metro

DC Area Transit Zone

The Bus Rosters Page

Metrobus (Wikipedia)


COMMUTER RAILROADS

Maryland (MARC)
Former railroads: Baltimore & Ohio, Pennsylvania

Virginia Railway Express
Introduced 1992 over CSX (former RF&P) and Norfolk Southern (former Southern)


Information from various sources, including the book "100 Years of Capital Traction", by LeRoy O. King Jr., and various issues of the magazine "Motor Coach Age".


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