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Posted at 5:15 PM ET, 11/30/2010

Metro to add, adjust bus routes in Dec.

By Ann Scott Tyson

Metro will launch several new direct and limited-stop bus routes in December in order to create faster service to downtown Washington, while eliminating bus stops that are underutilized, the agency announced.

Starting on Dec. 19, a new "priority corridor" service will be established along Benning Road, according to a Metro press release. The X9 bus will provide limited stop service between Capitol Heights Metro station and 13th and H Streets NW. Meanwhile, nearly seventy bus stops that are very close to each other or used with less frequency will be cut on routes 62, 63, G8, U8 and X2.

Two new routes from Virginia will offer service into Washington: The 7Y will run through the Pentagon, across Memorial Bridge to Federal Triangle Metro station, and the 16F will start in Culmore, and travel via the Pentagon over the 14th Street Bridge to Federal Triangle station.

In Maryland, the J2 service will increase between Silver Spring and Bethesda, travelling a portion of the proposed Purple Line. At the same time, bus routes will be simplified and shortened in the Greenbelt area.

By Ann Scott Tyson  | November 30, 2010; 5:15 PM ET
Categories:  Commuter Bus, District, Maryland, Metrobus, Northern Virginia  
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will the 7Y and 16F be rush hour only buses? i hope it will provide service throughout the day in and out of downtown washington

Posted by: JeroRobson1 | November 30, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Yippee to the change in the J2 service. While WMATA is seeing an overall decline in Metrobus ridership, the J2 has become increasingly crowded; sometimes it passes me by in the morning with people crammed to the doors.

Posted by: KS100H | November 30, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

"At the same time, bus routes will be simplified and shortened in the Greenbelt area."

Thanks for the vague post. Can you provide a more thorough run down of the changes? What other specific buses will be changed, reduced in service, or eliminated?

Posted by: UMDTerpsGirl | December 1, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

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