From the moment the first bus rolled out of the DC Metro system’s first-ever bus factory in 1868, the city’s bus fleet was on track to be a key part of the citys economy.
That’s why buses were on the way out.
Today, the region has the largest bus fleet in the world.
And the region’s transit systems have grown so large, they now carry more people per bus than any other transportation mode in the country.
But even as the regions population has grown, the buses have largely fallen by the wayside.
Today, the most popular mode of transportation is the city bus, which accounts for about 12 percent of all new vehicles on the road.
And according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of vehicles traveling in the metro area rose by 3.4 percent between 2009 and 2020.
Today in the nation’s capital, that trend has only worsened.
In the city of Alexandria, for example, the average daily number of trips on the citybus dropped to 2,974 in 2016, the lowest in the city.
But by 2023, that number would be closer to 2.3 million trips, a 15 percent decline.
And in the Washington metro area, the population has shrunk to 1.2 million people, the sixth-smallest in the U