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COVID-19 and Transit Service

By order of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), all transit riders in the United States are now required to wear face masks to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to be an ongoing, ever-changing situation for the region. Regional transit service is evolving in response to the recommendations from national, state and local health agencies. Below are links with more information from each transit system.


Late-night Metrobus service expands, additional service restored starting Sunday

Board finance and capital committee approves budget that maintains service improvements to support regional recovery

Metrobus to expand service on weekdays, restore additional routes on weekends effective March 14

Metro seeks public input on proposed budget to support regional recovery amid pandemic-related financial constraints

Metro expects to temporarily halt employee layoffs, service cuts

Metrobus riders return to boarding through front door, paying fares on Sunday, January 3

Metro opens public comment period on service cuts, other actions necessary as federal funding support ends

Vienna and Dunn Loring stations to reopen Sept. 8, marking completion of summer closures for platform reconstruction

Metro announces August 23 reopening of East Falls Church, Arlington Cemetery stations

Most rail and bus service returns to pre-pandemic levels in largest ramp-up in agency’s history

Metro to add more buses, more trains and extended hours as part of Covid-19 Recovery Plan beginning Sunday, Aug. 16

Metro to reopen 15 stations, reallocate bus service to address crowding, starting Sunday, June 28

Face coverings required on Metro trains, buses, and in stations

Metro Covid-19 Service Information

Covid-19 Public Information

Monthly Pass Messaging

Frequently Asked Questions About Passes & Auto Reload During COVID-19

Metro and Covid-19: Steps we've taken


Federal Face Mask Mandate for Transit Users Effective February 2

Fare Collection and Front Door Boarding to Resume on ART Buses Starting January 3

ART Bus Service to Increase Starting on August 23

ART is working to keep passengers safe (VIDEO)

ART COVID-19 Service Changes and Information

Rear Boarding and Free Fare on ART Buses

Arlington Transit - ART Bus Service Reduced

ART Takes Precautions, Prepares for COVID-19


DC Circulator National Mall Route Service Restored

Mayor Bowser Extends DC Circulator Service Hours

COVID-19 Update

DDOT to Adjust DC Circulator Operating Hours

DDOT Suspends Late Night Weekend Service on DC Circulator

DDOT Suspends DC Circulator Fares


DC Streetcar Service Schedule

Passenger safety and health is DC Streetcar’s priority


VRE to return to full service effective June 1 (PDF)

VRE will be adding one northbound and one southbound trip to the Fredericksburg Line "S" schedule on July 27

VRE operates at a reduced "S" schedule level

VRE Takes Additional Steps to Protect Passenger Health and Safety (PDF)

VRE Coronavirus Health & Safety Guidance


DASH COVID-19 News and Updates

DASH COVID-19 Service Modifications and Information


Fairfax Connector Resumes Fare Collection, Launches New and Enhanced Service January 4, 2021

Fairfax Connector Returns to Full Service, Launches New and Enhanced Bus Routes on August 29

Fairfax Connector Passengers Urged to Wear Face Coverings on Buses

Fairfax Connector Temporarily Suspends Fare Collection, Requires Rear Door Boarding

Fairfax Connector Prepares for and Takes Steps to Prevent Spread of COVID-19


CUE COVID-19 Response


Transit Customer Information Regarding COVID-19

Service Changes for Loudoun County Transit


OmniRide Service Change Due to COVID-19


Ride On Service Expanded on August 2

Montgomery County Transportation Changes, Updates, and Resources for COVID-19


MTA Coronavirus Updates

Commuter Bus Resumes Service on Select Routes


Amtrak Sets a New Standard of Travel


DDOT: Capital Bikeshare Offers Free Memberships for Essential Workers in DC Region

Capital Bikeshare: Caring for the Capital Bikeshare community


Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Traveler Update on COVID-19


When traveling by bus:

  • Front door boarding and fare collection resumed on ART and Metrobus on January 3, 2021.
  • Stay 6 feet away from others on the bus or train and while waiting for it to arrive.
  • Wear a face covering when in public and while on the bus or train.

In addition, the Centers for Disease Control recommends you do the following:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wear a mask or face covering when in public.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • If you're experiencing symptoms and have traveled to areas of concern (or have been in contact with someone who has), call ahead to your health-care provider before you go in person.

Visit Arlington County's web site for information from the Arlington County Public Health Division.

Visit the CDC web site for more information.

Visit Virginia Department of Health for vaccination information.