Hunting Point bus routes – major service changes proposed (Routes 10A, 10B, 10E)

September 10th, 2013

Routes 10A and 10E

Metro is proposing to implement one of the following options in order to provide better connections for residents of Hunting Point and downtown Alexandria to Rosslyn and Downtown DC, reduce travel time to Rosslyn and improve service reliability, and relieve peak period crowding on the Blue Line (option 2 would also relieve peak period overcrowding on the Orange Line).

Option 1: Route 10E would terminate at the Pentagon and a re-routed 10A (renamed 10R.) would replace the peak period service to Rosslyn. The 10R would not serve the Pentagon and would continue to Rosslyn via 23rd Street, Eads Street, 18th Street, Crystal Drive to serve the Crystal City VRE Station, 15th Street, Jefferson Davis Highway, and Wilson Boulevard to Rosslyn station.

Option 2: Route 10E would terminate at the Pentagon.  An extension of the 10A peak period service (renamed 10Y) would provide service to Downtown DC via Rosslyn. The 10Y would not serve the Pentagon and would continue to Downtown DC via 23rd Street, Eads Street, 18th Street, Crystal Drive to serve the Crystal City VRE Station,  15th Street,  Jefferson Davis Highway, Wilson Boulevard, Rosslyn station, Lynn Street, Lee Highway/I-66, Roosevelt Bridge, E Street Expressway, 18th Northbound and 19th Street Southbound, and K Street to Farragut Square

Route 10B

Currently, the 10B runs from Hunting Point to the Ballston-MU Metrorail station.  Metro is proposing to implement one of the following service change options:

Option 1: From South Glebe Road and Walter Reed Drive, rerouted Route 10B via Walter Reed Drive, Arlington Mill Drive, Randolph Street to Shirlington Transit Center, then continue via Quincy Street, Arlington Mill Drive, Shirlington Road, 24th Road South and South Glebe Road to the intersection of Mt. Vernon Avenue.

Option 2: Route 10B would be rerouted from Arna Valley (26th Road South, Adams Street, 26th Street South, 28th Street South, Meade Street) to operate via South Glebe Road between West Glebe Road and Mt. Vernon Avenue.

In both options the 10B will be rerouted from Walter Reed Drive and 2nd Street South to South Glebe Road between 2nd Street South and Walter Reed Drive.

The map below illustrates the changes proposed. Please review and let us know what you think.  We will also be presenting these options at our upcoming public hearings.


Map of proposed changes to routes 10A and 10E. Click image for larger version.


Map of proposed changes to Route 10B. Click image for larger version.


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  1. Scott
    September 12th, 2013 at 13:41 | #1

    In Option 2 for the 10A, how would the travel times compare to the orange/blue lines? Say, from Farragut West to Rosslyn or Braddock Road.

    • Girum
      September 12th, 2013 at 15:07 | #2

      Hi Scott,
      The travel time from Braddock Road to Farragut Square, using the 10A, was not calculated as of yet. But we can assume that it would be significantly higher than using Metro Rail. As a reference, the current Route 10E requires 40 minutes travel time from Braddock Road to Rosslyn via the Pentagon and the 38B takes about 20 minutes to travel from Rosslyn to Farragut Square. Taking the pentagon loop out of the 10A will reduce the trip time by about 10 minutes. Using the Blue Line it takes about 20 minutes to travel from Braddock to Farragut West.

  2. Fernando
    September 13th, 2013 at 14:23 | #3

    Currently, the only bus between Pentagon and Rosslyn is 10E. I can see that the 10E will not continue until Rosslyn, so the only way to go would be the blue line, right?. Is there any other bus to cover that route?

    I usually take 8W to Pentagon and then 10 E to Rosslyn.

    I know that metro rail transit time is lower, however the rail system is more expensive than bus.

    • Girum
      September 13th, 2013 at 15:00 | #4

      The proposal for the public hearing is to terminate 10E at the Pentagon and replace the peak period service to Rosslyn with a re-routed 10A service (renamed 10R.) The 10R will not serve the Pentagon and continues to Rosslyn via 23rd Street, Eads Street, 15th Street… If this is implemented, there will be no Metrobus service that connects the Pentagon to Rosslyn. In addition to the Blue Line, the other option you have is to board another bus at the Pentagon going towards Crystal City and connect with the 10R heading towards Rosslyn.

  3. Fernando
    September 13th, 2013 at 15:25 | #5

    Too many transfers…

  4. Glen
    September 15th, 2013 at 14:38 | #6

    If these changes are approved, when will they take effect? I like 10B Option #1 and hope to see it implemented soon.

    • Girum
      September 16th, 2013 at 10:28 | #7

      The current plan for implementation is July 2014.

  5. slg
    September 16th, 2013 at 13:39 | #8

    Would very much hate to see either proposed option for the 10B, as the discontinued section on South Walter Reed Drive would then have no Sunday service at all (since the ART buses don’t run on Sundays), and the entire option would affect access to the Walter Reed and Thomas Jefferson community centers, the Columbia Pike library branch/Arlington Career Center, and other venues on those discontinued sections.

  6. Simon
    September 17th, 2013 at 14:00 | #9

    Don’t cut service on Martha Custis, lots of people get on and off there…

  7. elt
    October 7th, 2013 at 16:34 | #10

    I take the 10E to and from the Crystal City VRE and Rosslyn. So it appears that option 1 would mean I would take the 10R instead. Will it run on the same schedule?

  8. Peggie
    September 17th, 2015 at 13:10 | #11

    I do not own a car. I live in Crystal City and I work in Rosslyn. I rely upon the 10A and 10R everyday .. oh, I “could” take the metro .. but I refuse to take a chance that I will DIE inside the underground when another “arcing” event happens ..and it will again. Oh, and how about the fact that presently, there is NOBODY IN CHARGE of the metrorail system … The top person resigned, the safety director resigned, nobody wants the job, so, we have a public transportation system without ANY oversight .. I find that disturbing and unsafe, if you ask me. Why should I pay MORE to get to work, spend MORE time getting to work, and FEAR for my life doing it? When I board the 10A in the morning, it is STANDING ROOM ONLY ..does that sound like a bus route that is UNDER utilized?

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