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New Express Bus Starts Today

Metro and the District Department of Transportation launched a new type of express bus service between the city and the Maryland suburbs this morning.

You can ride the Metro Extra along Georgia Avenue and 7th Street NW between Silver Spring and the Gallery Place and Navy Memorial stations downtown during rush periods. It's one of those service innovations that I think gives us hope for creating a regional transportation system with many options for travelers.

These new blue express buses will operate Monday through Friday from 6 to 9:30 a.m. and from 3 to 6:30 p.m.
Click here to see a route map. The buses will supplement the regular runs of the 70 and 71 Metrobuses along that corridor, but they will skip a lot of stops.

The Metrobus schedule for a trip between Silver Spring and Gallery Place calls for a 58 minute trip. On the Metro Extra bus, the same trip is scheduled to take 49 minutes. The $1.25 fare is the same as a regular Metrobus ride. The express bus makes 15 stops, compared to 54 for the 70/71 line.

While the bus service is frequent -- every 10 minutes, according to the schedule -- this isn't a pure "bus rapid transit system." The Metro Extras will not operate in dedicated lanes. But they do have the technology -- once they get it working -- that will allow them to extend the time of green lights, so they won't get stuck in the same traffic as everyone else in this very busy corridor.

By Robert Thomson  |  March 19, 2007; 8:58 AM ET
Categories:  transit  
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Comments

Here's hoping the new line works well and doesn't kill people in the process.

Of course we have to gripe about something, so here's mine: what were they thinking with that logo? Did they have a secretary design it in Microsoft Word? The lens flare and red triangle design are hideous! It includes basically none of the Metro visual identity. Don't they have graphic designers at Metro? Or did they contract this one out to their buddies? The website ain't pretty either.

Posted by: Dan | March 19, 2007 11:52 AM | Report abuse

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