The Alexandria Transit Company (DASH) Board of Directors approved a series of fare and service changes that will go into effect on July 1, 2018. The changes seek to improve the agency’s long-term financial stability amidst declining ridership revenues and increasing operating costs. The adopted changes also include a new reduced fare for Senior/Disabled SmarTrip users.
The planned fare change will increase the cost of a single, one-way trip from $1.60 to $1.75. The change represents the first fare DASH fare increase in nearly five years, and only the fourth increase to the base fare since 1999. The cost of the monthly DASH Pass will also go up from $40.00 to $45.00. The changes will increase revenues, while avoiding major service cuts, and maintaining fares that are still well below all other bus agencies in the area.
One of the highlights of the proposed fare changes is a new reduced $1.00 fare for all Senior/Disabled SmarTrip users traveling during off-peak weekday hours (before 6:00 AM, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, and after 6:00 PM) and anytime on weekends and holidays. The new discount is aimed at making public transit more affordable for Alexandria’s senior and disabled community members, and encouraging increased ridership during off-peak periods when buses are less crowded.
The following fare and service changes will take effect on July 1, 2018:
DASH fare will increase from $1.60 to $1.75; Monthly DASH Pass will increase from $40.00 to $45.00.
Seniors and disabled persons who ride DASH and pay with their Senior/Disabled SmarTrip Card will only be charged a $1.00 fare when used during “off-peak” periods. Off-peak periods include weekdays before 6:00 AM, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, and after 6:00 PM, and on weekends and holidays.
FREE STUDENT RIDES:
T.C. Williams high school students will again be able to enjoy free rides on all DASH buses, on all routes during the 2018-2019 academic year starting September 4, 2018. Students will only be able to ride DASH during the summer month with a cash fare or a Student Summer DASH Pass. A student ID will not be valid for a free ride from July 1 - September 3, 2018.
KING STREET TROLLEY:
The King Street Trolley will begin service at 11:00 AM instead of 10:30 AM on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Hours of service for Thursday, Friday and Saturday will remain the same; 10:30 AM – 12:00 AM/midnight.
Please refer to the DASH Ride Guide for routes and schedules, visit www.dashbus.com/Fares or call (703) 746-DASH.