Metro brief

Red and silver metro buses debut

Metro's 15 new red and silver buses will debut Monday, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority officials told The Washington Post.

The buses will run along the U8 line, which runs between the Capitol Heights Metrorail station in Prince George's County, Md., and Benning Heights in Southeast D.C. The 15 accordion-style buses cost nearly $800,000 each and will replace older buses that run along the same route, according to The Post.

The ultra long bus - 60-feet compared to the typical 40-feet - will run on compressed natural gas. Since WMATA only owns two refueling sites for such buses, the routes had to remain near Virginia, according to The Post.

Metro will test two more buses Nov. 3 to run between Dulles International Airport and the L'Enfant Plaza Metro Station, The Post reported.


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