COVID-19 DASH Service Modifications & Information
May 19, 2020

 

►     Face coverings are required on all DASH buses until further notice.

►     Effective May 24, DASH will switch to an Enhanced Saturday Operating Plan

     Until further notice, DASH has switched to rear-door boarding and eliminated fares and closed certain seats to promote physical distancing between operators and passengers. 


DASH is closely monitoring COVID-19 developments. The coronavirus pandemic is an evolving situation, and we are following the guidance of local, state and federal health officials. This page is dedicated to service changes, modifications and other information that impacts passengers' experience.

Visit dashbus.com/covid19 for general information about our response to COVID-19. 

For information from the City of Alexandria's Health Department, visit: alexandriava.gov/Health.

 

DASH to Require All Passengers to Wear Face Coverings

Based on guidance from the Alexandria Health Department, the Alexandria Transit Company (DASH) requires all passengers to wear face coverings while using DASH buses beginning Monday, May 18, 2020. The measure helps protect DASH employees and passengers from contracting the COVID-19 virus and is consistent with the actions of the agency’s regional transit partners, including WMATA, Frederick Transit, Montgomery County and Prince George’s County Transit. This precaution will remain in effect until further notice. You can find more information about this policy at dashbus.com/maskpolicy.

 

Cleaning to Combat COVID-19

As a public transportation agency responsible for the safety and security of thousands of passengers daily, we're committed to maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our community. We've already made some changes to help prepare for and prevent the spread of coronavirus.

These measures include enhancing our daily vehicle and facility cleanings to focus on critical touchpoints like handrails, fareboxes and doors. We've also incorporated disinfection procedures and materials indicated to be effective against COVID-19.

These procedures include fogging, which is being implemented on a weekly basis. Fogging involves spraying a disinfectant vapor inside the bus. This vapor sanitizes every surface and object it touches as it dries, making it even more effective and thorough than disinfecting by hand.

Additionally, in the event that a DASH employee tests positive for COVID-19, the vehicle they last drove will be thoroughly disinfected and the facility will be fogged.

 

Current Service Schedule

As part of a wider effort to protect the health and safety of the Alexandria community and DASH employees, DASH implemented an Enhanced Saturday Operating Plan on weekdays and Saturdays, beginning May 24. No changes are anticipated to Sunday service; however, King Street Trolley service will discontinue until further notice.

Service schedules are subject to change without advanced notice based on the recommendations of public health officials.

To view the complete schedule with more detailed route-specific information, click here. 

  • AT-1 PLUS and AT2 will operate on their regular Saturday schedules with extra trips. 
  • AT-3 and AT-4 will run on their regular schedules with extra trips during peak service times.
  • AT-3/4 Loop will operate on its regular Saturday Schedule.
  • AT-5 and AT-7 will run with extra trips on weekdays and Saturdays. Service will be less frequent on Sundays. 
  • AT-8, AT-9 and AT-10 will operate on their regular Saturday schedules with extra trips in morning and during peak service times.
  • AT-2X, AT-6 and the King Street Trolley will not operate until further notice. 

 

WMATA Metro Closures in our Region

Until further notice, WMATA's Eisenhower and Van Dorn Metrorail stations will be closed. DASH buses will continue serving these stations, but trains will not stop at the platforms and the stations will not be open. A list of alternative routes are available. Click here for updated information about WMATA service on Metrorail and Metrobus
 

DASH Eliminates Fares and Encourages Rear-door Boarding

DASH has eliminated fares on all buses until further notice and switched to rear-door boarding as we work to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Passengers can board through the front doors if a ramp is needed to accommodate individuals with disabilities or strollers.

boarding

 

Staying Up-to-Date with DASH During COVID-19

Alerts and updates will continue to be issued on www.dashbus.com. We encourage you to follow us on social media, subscribe for our e-mail updates (www.dashbus.com/dash-news) and check www.dashbus.com/covid19 for general Coronavirus updates.