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ESP is Updated and in Effect on December 5


OmniRide’s Emergency Service Plan (ESP) has been updated for 2019-2020 and is now available.


The ESP will be in effect for OmniRide Express PM buses on Thursday, December 5, 2019 for the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony.


The ESP is activated when our region is experiencing significant storms and when events are taking place that would severely disrupt our ability to serve passengers. When the ESP is in effect, OmniRide Express buses operate only to/from nearby Metro stations, and OmniRide Local off-route trips are cancelled for the day. Fares are free on the first day that the ESP is in effect because of weather. See the full plan.


We know from experience that OmniRide Express buses would face extremely long delays in D.C. during the December 5 lighting of the national Christmas tree due to many road closures and heavy pedestrian traffic. As a result, OmniRide Express buses will operate regular service on the morning of December 5, but in the afternoon and evening buses will pick up passengers only at the Franconia-Springfield and Tysons Corner Metro Stations.


Because the tree lighting is a scheduled event, PM passengers will pay the current Metro Express fare of $4.25 cash or $3.45 SmarTrip. Other OmniRide buses are expected to operate regular service on December 5.


Pick up a copy of the 2019 ESP brochure on your bus, or download it now! It’s available in English and Spanish. For more information, contact OmniRide at (703) 730-6664 or