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All aboard the 'Hipster Express'

Washington Post staff writer Stephen Lowman is riding the inaugural trip of the "Hipster Express" today from U Street to Brooklyn. Check back for periodic updates.

A 55-seat charter bus dubbed the "Hipster Express" began its inaugural journey from the District to Brooklyn a little after 8 a.m. Friday.

Officially known as the Knowit Express, the bus line provides direct service between Washington's U Street neighborhood and the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. hipsterC102210.jpg>Internet commentators have nicknamed the bus line the "Hipster Express" because of the supposed wealth of skinny jean-wearing, indie-rock-loving individuals that can be found in both areas. Unlike other DC to NYC buses, Knowit Express does not stop in Manhattan.

First-day turnout was light. There were only five passengers, including this reporter. (No one was wearing tight-fitting jeans.) While there is space for five bikes to be stowed, no one brought theirs ("fixie" or otherwise) along for the trip. Riders were taking advantage of the WiFi, however, and they were encouraged to tweet and Facebook about the experience.

The passengers hipsterA102210.jpgwho showed were greeted with donuts, muffins and bottled water. A pair of balloons with "Congrats" written on them hovered near the door.

Shortly after departing, riders were given a choice as to what movie to play on the overhead TVs. While options included "Reservoir Dogs," "Superfly" and "Sex and the City," the the group came to a quick consensus that they wanted to watch "Office Space."

12:20 p.m. Update: The maiden voyage of the Hipster Express is about to come to an end. After making good time on I-95, then the 278, the bus is now crawling along the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.

Riders commented how far away the Manhattan skyline looked when arriving via this route. Also, a local TV station will meet the bus when it pulls into Brooklyn's Atlantic Station stop. Several passengers are preparing by applying makeup.

12:40 p.m. Update: A little over four hours after it left the District, the Hipster Express pulled up to Brooklyn's Atlantic Terminal at 12:20. passengers were greeted by a cameraman from a local TV station.


Shalonda Hunter looks for more passengers after taking a cell-phone photo of her first three passengers. (Susan Biddle/Post)

-- Stephen Lowman

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1. What hipster would be caught dead in something called the "Hipster Express"? True hipsters don't label themselves as such, based on the ones I've known.

2. Fares are not bad ($20 one-way/$40 round-trip). However, I wouldn't like to see "Office Space" for the umpteenth time. An old obscurish cult movie would be better.

Posted by: FedUpInMoCo | October 22, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

I rode the Hipster Express bus before it was well-known.

Posted by: trossc | October 22, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

I rode the bus before it was cool...

...oh wait...

Posted by: FedUpInMoCo | October 22, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

I thought at first that this article was written by Micheal Bolton-- so of course Office Space was selected!

Posted by: sacramentogirl | October 25, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

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