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Metrobus Changes Take Effect

Today is the day most Metrobus riders will feel the impact of the extensive changes service that affect lines in the District, Maryland and Virginia. Some riders will benefit from more extensive service, while others will be looking for alternative routes to work.

For example, the 5B will no longer run between Tysons Corner and L'Enfant Plaza, but the 5A between the District and Dulles Airport will run more frequently.

A complete list of the changes is available on Metro's Web site.

While Metro analyzed the ridership on the lines where it added or subtracted service, calculating the alternatives for passengers who lost buses was not part of the equation. The riders of the 5B, for example, have no transit alternative that's as good as what they lost. If they stick with transit, they'll probably be taking the 28T bus for a dollar fare to the West Falls Church Metro station for a ride in on the Orange Line.

Metro's Trip Planner is useful in planning alternatives, if your route has been cancelled, but be careful: As of Sunday night, the Trip Planner still was offering routes for today that are no longer in service.

An always useful site for planning transit routes across the Washington region is The Commuter Page. It's a super collection of news and information about transit, biking, carpooling -- just about any means of getting around. Almost certainly, there's an option there you haven't thought of.

By Robert Thomson  |  September 25, 2006; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  Metro  
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I notice that Metro says the 70 bus will now run every 10 minutes on Saturdays. I hope this means it will also run at least every 10 minutes Monday through Friday. Generally, two or three 70 buses come within a few minutes of each other -- sometimes even passing each other -- and then no other bus comes for at least half an hour. The service has become appreciably worse in the last couple of months.

Posted by: Nancy Jane Moore | September 25, 2006 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Your link to the metro page goes to the chnages in DC, and doesn't list the VA or MD changes.

Posted by: Susan | September 25, 2006 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Susan, Thanks, I fixed the link so it goes to the Metro brochure on the service changes.

Posted by: Dr. Gridlock | September 26, 2006 9:56 AM | Report abuse

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