Severe Weather Policy

A major snowstorm or weather related event can be challenging. ART bus routes are designed to serve the local neighborhoods, while Metrobus serves the main lines. The ART buses are therefore more likely to travel on hills or narrow side streets and may be the first to be affected during inclement weather. Please stay informed and be prepared.

Weather-Related Service Levels

ART has reviewed and modified its Severe Weather Policy to provide better service to customers during weather-related events. When weather impacts service, ART has three levels of service:

Limited: Modified routes with some delays in service.

Severe: Greatly modified routes with limited service and delays. Service on ART 41, 42, 45, 51, 77 and 87 will be provided. Routes will be modified to avoid hills and narrow side streets. It is likely that all other ART routes will be cancelled.

Please note that in severe weather:

  • ART 41 and 45 will not serve Columbia Heights West. Buses will run only to and from Columbia Pike and Dinwiddie.
  • ART 51 will only operate between Ballston Metro and 19th St. to serve the hospital.
  • ART 42, 45 and 77 will not serve S. Courthouse Rd.
  • ART 77 will not serve Walter Reed between Arlington Mill and S. Glebe where the hill is.
  • ART 87 buses will run the full route, but expect delays. ART 87A and 87X will not run.

No Service: Routes are cancelled due to hazardous road conditions.

Please note that routes may be operating on different levels of service depending on road and traffic conditions. The table below gives more information on how the levels of service will impact each route.

How to Get ART Service Info

  • ART Alerts is the best way to receive real-time information about service disruptions. Sign-up to receive Alerts via text message or email. Alerts will also be posted at the top of the ART homepage.
  • Call Customer Service at 703-228-RIDE (7433)
  • Follow ART on Twitter and Facebook where service information is regularly posted.

Metrobus

Visit the Metrobus Snow Service web page to get information about Metrobus service in Arlington during moderate and heavy snowfall conditions.

Look for the Snowflake!

Bus stops that are in operation during severe weather conditions will have a blue snowflake decal (similar to the snowflake to the left) in the upper corner of the bus stop flag. Bus stops in service during severe conditions are only along the ART 41, 42, 45, 51, 77 and 87 routes. Not all bus stops along those routes will be in service.

Below is a chart which provides a shorthand description of what “Limited” and “Severe” mean for each ART Bus Route. Route descriptions are subject to change due to unexpected road and traffic conditions. Snow route maps are available as PDF files. About Portable Document Format (PDF).

ROUTE

LIMITED

SEVERE

COMMENTS

ART 41
(M-Su)

Map (PDF)

Route will operate regular schedule (expect delays in service).

No Service: Columbia Heights Neighborhood – S. Greenbrier St., 7th Rd. S & S. Dinwiddie St.

Will operate with detours until service is completely interrupted. Expect delays.

A blue snowflake decal on the bus stop flag indicates that the stop will be in service during severe weather conditions.

ART 42
(M-Sa)

Route will operate regular schedule (expect delays in service).

No Service.

Will operate with delays until service is completely interrupted.

ART 43
(M-F)

Route will operate regular schedule (expect delays in service).

No Service.

Will operate with delays until service is completely interrupted.

ART 45

(M-F)

Map PDF

No Service on Carlin Springs Rd., 8th Rd. S., Greenbrier St., N. Barton, N. Pershing and Columbia Pike to the west of Four Mile Run Dr.

No Service.

Will operate with detours until service is completely interrupted (delays expected).

ART 51
(M-Su)

Map (PDF)

No Service: Lee Highway, Patrick Henry Dr. and N. Harrison Rd.

No Service: Lee Highway, Patrick Henry Dr. and N. Harrison Rd.

Route applies in both limited and severe weather conditions.

A blue snowflake decal on the bus stop flag indicates that the stop will be in service during severe weather conditions.

ART 52
(M-F)

Map (PDF)

No Service: Glebe Rd., 16th St, N. Trinidad & N. 26th Sts.

No Service.

During severe weather use ART 51 as an alternative.

ART 53
(M-F)

Route will operate regular schedule (delays expected both inbound and outbound).

No Service. 

Will operate with delays until service is completely interrupted.

ART 61
(M-Sa)

Map (PDF)

No Service: Radnor Heights – N. 14th , N. Oak, N. 12th and N. Queen Sts.

No 61B Service.

No Service.

The 61 snow route service will operate with detours in the northern portion of the route until service is completely interrupted (delays expected).

ART 62
(M-F)

Route will operate regular schedule (delays expected both inbound and outbound).

No Service.

Will operate with delays until service is completely interrupted.

ART 74
(M-F)

Route will operate regular schedule (expect delays in service).

 No Service.

Will operate with delays until service is completely interrupted.

ART 75
(M-F)

Map (PDF)

No service on portions of Wilson Blvd., and also on N. Jefferson St., 7th St. N., N. Kensington St., and S. Frederick St.

No service to Wakefield High School, S. George Mason Dr., S. Frederick St. and S. Dinwiddie St.  No service on portions of Wilson Blvd., and also on N. Jefferson St., 7th St. N., N. Kensington St.

Will operate with detours until service is completely interrupted (delays expected).

A blue snowflake decal on the bus stop flag indicates that the stop will be in service during severe weather conditions.

ART 77
(M-F)

Map (PDF)

Route will operate regular schedule (expect delays in service).

No service on 6th St. S. and S. Courthouse Rd.

Will operate with detours until service is completely interrupted (delays expected).

A blue snowflake decal on the bus stop flag indicates that the stop will be in service during severe weather conditions.

ART 84

(M-F)

Route will operate regular schedule (expect delays in service).

No Service.

Will operate with delays until service is completely interrupted.

ART 87
(M-Sa)

Route will operate regular schedule (expect delays in service).

No Service.

Will operate with delays until service is completely interrupted.

ART 92
(M-F)

Route will operate regular schedule (expect delays in service).

No Service.

Will operate with delays until service is completely interrupted.