City Liner

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City Liner was the name given by the D.C. Metro Service Bureau to a public bus network. This network covered most of Washington, D.C. and the surrounding communities in Maryland and Virginia.


Each bus in the fleet was powered by a nuclear engine with exhaust vents in the front and rear. Access panels, located on the outside of the bus and just beneath the driver, were used by mechanics for accessing critical components of the bus. On either side of the bus, there were double folding doors with a handrail for the entering and exiting of passengers. On the front of the bus, a digital display gave directions on where the bus was heading. Inside the bus, passengers would sit on benches, while the driver sat up front on a raised podium. Advertisements were placed above the windows in the passenger compartment. Each bus had identifying marks. The marks on one bus read: "DC L 25601" and "406".

All buses in the game have the same identifying marks as if only one model of the bus was ever made and then copied repeatedly. As to features, there are two 1950s-style projections that mimic stereotypical rocket engine designs of the time, located on either side of the bus' front end. These are most visible from the top of the bus. One can get to the top of a bus by simply doing a series of small jumps starting from one of the rearward projections which has the words "No Step" labeled on it. On the back it cautions: "Warning: Radiation" and "Warning: Exhaust".

Explosive capability

The City liner, when shot at enough will have the second largest of the vehicle explosions followed by the transport truck and preceded by the VB-02 Vertibird. With the power of roughly 3 mini nukes exploding beside each other simultaneously, but with less damage after the explosion, there will be 1-2 rads for about 2 minutes.

A high DR and the Adamantium Skeleton perk can prevent serious injury on all but the highest difficulty.

Item Health ID Name Force Damage Radius IS Radius RAD Level Radius DSPTN Time Knock down
City Liner Bus 420 BusNukeExplosion Nuke Explosion 120 200 1200 5632 10 616 12 Sometimes

Bus stops

A typical bus stop for the City Liner network was a canopy-type structure that may or may not have a bench and/or a garbage can. Sometimes there were two or more bus stops in the same location. For example, Fairfax Ruins had four of these stops. Bus stops were located:


  • It is possible to scale any bus in the game by the rear, where the signs read "No Step". There is an invisible set of steps located here, running against the bus (unencumbered) while looking up will usually accomplish this. One may rapidly jump up the back of the bus as well to glide to the top (or side if it's flipped over). The player can walk up buses from the back regardless of if they are upright, or flipped onto their side.


City Liner appears in Fallout 3, and several wrecks and halves with interiors can be found in Fallout: New Vegas. Its also seen in the Fallout 3 intro as the camera zooms out to the radio and then scans along the seats and some advertisements


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