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Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is a non-federal tri-jurisdictional agency authorized by Congress, and funded by the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland that operates transit service in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. WMATA operates bus service under the Metrobus brand and rapid transit service under the Metrorail brand.
For the details of the rail system, see Washington Metro.
Riders almost always call WMATA's Metrobus service simply "the bus," unless for some reason they need to distinguish Metrobus from a local bus system such as Alexandria's DASH. Metrorail is called "Metro" or "the Metro," rarely "the subway." It is also often used as a verb, e.g. "How did you get here?" "I Metro'd."
In addition, WMATA itself is frequently referred to as "Metro," e.g. "Today, Metro officials announced a fare hike."
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