ARLINGTON PEAK PERIOD SERVICE EXPANSION TO ART BUS ROUTE 55
By adding a sixth bus to the route during the AM and PM peak periods, this project will allow for an extra 3.5 round trips daily. The improved frequency – buses will run every 12 minutes – will attract 175 new weekday riders, increasing daily ridership to 1,300. Currently, half of commuters in the ART 55 service area – Lee Highway between Rosslyn and East Falls Church – are destined for jobs in Washington, D.C., according to the Household Travel Survey. These riders would otherwise be traveling along the I-66 Inside the Beltway corridor. Requested funds support the rehabilitation of one bus and operational assistance for two years.
This service benefits toll-paying users of I-66 inside the Beltway by providing additional peak-period transit service in the parallel corridor of Lee Highway. Increasing transit service will encourage more people to ride the bus, thus removing cars from Lee Highway and parallel commuting routes, including I-66 inside the Beltway.
The project is estimated to cost $450,000- 100% of which will be funded by the I-66 Commuter Choice Project.