Metro has new bus route to help with expected Mark Center gridlock

Metro will start a new bus route to help reduced the expected gridlock when more than 6,000 government workers transfer next month to the Mark Center office complex in Northern Virginia, according to the transit agency.

The new Metrobus 7M line will run from the Pentagon to the center, in Alexandria, and service will begin Aug. 8.

The workers are moving from Crystal City to the center as part of the Base Realignment and Closure plan.

The regular Metrobus fare will be charged. However, Defense Department employees boarding at the Pentagon, Mark Center or Southern Towers may ride free with their Mark Center IDs on all 7M trips.

The program is funded by the Defense Department and is being coordinated by the city of Alexandria.

Buses will run every 10 minutes during peak periods and every 15 minutes during midday hours.

Metro already has several other bus routes servicing the Mark Center but their paths and schedules will not change.

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