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New Service Today on Old Bus Line

Weekday bus commuters this morning are having their first experiences with the big fix on the 30s Line, one of the oldest, longest and most heavily traveled routes in the Metrobus system.

Traveling through the most congested part of our region, the line had all the problems with slow, erratic service that other lines experience -- only more so. If the new plan developed by Metro and the District Department of Transportation works, it could be a model for revamping some other difficult routes.

While riders still can travel the entire route across Washington, the new setup on the 30s Line provides two limited-stop routes during morning and evening rushes and three neighborhood shuttle services. There are supervisors stationed along routes who are supposed to respond quickly to problems, such as buses getting bunched up.

Routes 37 and 39 are new limited-stop bus routes.
-- Route 37 (Wisconsin Avenue Limited Line) runs 7 to 10 a.m. and 4:30 to 7 p.m. weekdays from Friendship Heights to Archives via Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues.
-- Route 39 (Pennsylvania Avenue Limited Line) runs 6:35 to 9:30 a.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. weekdays from Naylor Road to Foggy Bottom via Pennsylvania

Routes M5, M6 and 31 provide neighborhood shuttle service.
-- Route M5 (Naylor Road Line) runs from Naylor Road to Eastern Market stations via Naylor Road.
-- Route M6 (Fairfax Village Line) runs from Bradbury Heights on the D.C. border to Potomac Avenue Station via Pennsylvania Avenue.
-- Route 31 (Wisconsin Avenue Line) runs from Friendship Heights to Foggy Bottom via Wisconsin Avenue.

Routes 32 and 36 continue crosstown service between Friendship Heights, Southern Avenue and Naylor Road via Wisconsin and Pennsylvania avenues.

About 20,000 passengers ride the 30s Line each weekday.

By Robert Thomson  |  June 30, 2008; 8:17 AM ET
Categories:  Metro  
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