Metro Plans Service Changes
The Metro board this morning took two steps of interest to bus and rail travelers. First, board members agreed to detour some bus routes this summer because of the reconstruction at the Frederick Douglass Bridge, which brings South Capitol Street over the Anacostia River.
Commuters on the eastern side of the region are worried about the impact of shutting down the bridge for this work during July and August. Vehicles will be detoured to the 11th Street Bridge, but even though traffic declines by 12 percent during the summer, congestion is likely. The District Department of Transportation is hoping that its public information campaign and its "Bridge Bucks" program to encourage use of transit will ease the impact.
Now, Metro will make its own adjustments in its bus routes to accommodate the shutdown.
Metro will temporarily change the routes and fare for Metrobus routes A9, P17, P19 and W13, which carry about 2,400 passengers across the bridge each day. During July and August, the buses will end their trips at Metrorail stations on the east side of the Anacostia.
Once the shutdown begins, Route A9 will end at Anacostia Station. Routes P17, P19, and W13 will end at Southern Avenue Station. More rail cars have been placed on the Green Line to handle additional passengers, Metro says.
The transit authority also will temporarily adjust fares: The A9 will be cut from $1.25 to 75 cents. The P17, P19, W13 express services will be cut from $3 to the regular $1.25 fare.
Also, the board approved construction of a new entrance on the south side of the Silver Spring Station, easing access for Red Line passengers who work at NOAA or Discovery on East-West Highway and for those who live between the highway and 16th Street.
That project, subsidized by $400,000 from Montgomery County, is independent of the plan to build a new transit hub at the station and can proceed immediately. Opening the new entrance should ease some of the annoyance likely to result from construction of the transit center over the next couple of years. Late this summer, all the Metro and Ride On bus stops will be moved away from the station onto the nearby streets to make way for the construction. The new station entrance also should open late this summer.
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