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More Metrobus Changes Ahead

Metro is going to make a bunch more changes in service all across the Washington region effective New Year's Eve. They're not the changes brought on by the shortfall in the budget for next year. Rather, they're another of the set of adjustments in which some riders will gain while others lose.

These are the 16 lines that will be affected:

In the District
60, 64 -- Fort Totten-Petworth Line
62 -- Takoma-Petworth Line
66, 68 -- Petworth-11th Street Line
U8 -- Capitol Heights-Benning Heights Line
X2 -- Benning Road- H Street Line

In Maryland
C2, C4 -- Greenbelt-Twinbrook Line
K6 -- New Hampshire Avenue-Maryland Line
R12 -- Kenilworth Avenue-New Carrollton Line
Z13 -- Greencastle-Briggs Chaney Express Line

In Virginia
2A -- Washington Boulevard Line
10B -- Hunting Towers-Ballston Line
20W, 20X -- Chantilly-Greenbriar Line
24T -- McLean Hamlet-East Falls Church Line
29C, 29E, 29X -- Annandale Line
29K, 29N -- Alexandria-Fairfax Line
S80, S91 -- Springfield Circulator/Springfield Mall Shuttle

For the lengthy details about the impact of the changes on each of those lines, use this link to Metro's Web site.

Last time this happened, many people felt that the transit authority didn't do enough to notify passengers about the switches. A lot of people got the news from other passengers rather than notices posted at the shelters or on buses.

The cutbacks and fare increases proposed last week by Metro management have generated a lot of anger among riders, more than I recall hearing during the previous two rounds of fare increases in the past five years. We can talk about that and other transportation topics today during a Live Online discussion today at 1 p.m. You can submit questions and comments now.

By Robert Thomson  |  December 18, 2006; 6:06 AM ET
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The new schedule for the C2/C4 line represents a very substantial increase in service on the most heavily used bus line in any of the Washington suburbs. The current schedule shows buses running every 8 minutes at the peak of rush hour; the new schedule will have buses every 5 minutes in morning rush hour and every 6 1/2 minutes in evening rush hour.

I hear stories about crowding on this route all the time, so this added service is very much to be applauded.

Posted by: Ben Ross | December 18, 2006 8:38 AM | Report abuse

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