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The Washington, D.C. Transit Authority (DCTA) was a municipal agency managing the Washington, D.C. metro system before the Great War.


An extensive transit network, providing service to Washington, D.C., and surrounding areas. The network of stations and rail lines were advertised as a faster, more convenient, cleaner commuter option.[1]

With portions of the system semi-automated, Protectrons were utilized for security, sales, and ticket collectors.[2] Wartime regulations also led to a heightened level of security among DCTA personnel, whose security teams were provided with laser pistols as standard sidearms as outlined in the DCTA Employee Handbook.[3] The authority signed contracts with local businesses to facilitate their operations, such as Darren's Discounts, an electronics wholesaler.[4]

By 2277, DCTA metro stations are closed off with chain-link fences and warnings to keep out.[5] Metro tickets can be found and will be recognized as valid by functioning Protectrons, while downloadable DCTA Metro maps provide overviews of the metro network, some of which still have power.


The DCTA appears only in Fallout 3.

Behind the scenes

The real-world transit system is the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.



  1. "Ride the metro today, and avoid the city's growing pollution and congestion. Our extensive lines will get you anywhere you want to go, with half the holdups."
    (DCTA advertisement poster)
  2. "See a ticket agent today for our special monthly ticket, and save!"
    (DCTA advertisement poster)
  3. DCTA laser firearms protocol
  4. Robot repair center terminal entries; Sector A emergency terminal, Note from Management regarding Sector B
  5. Keep Out signs