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Makeover Planned for 16th Street Metrobus

Metro and the District want to fix the problems with the 16th Street bus line, a longstanding source of complaints from commuters. Service on the heavily used route between Silver Spring and downtown Washington is erratic. The schedule for the S1, S2 and S4 can seem like a tissue of lies. People wait a long time for a bus and then three show up at once.

There's a public meeting tonight to start talking about it:
6:30 to 8:30 p.m., St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church, 16th and Newton Streets NW in Columbia Heights. (Directions.) From 6:30 to 7 p.m., people can review some information about the scope of the project and talk to the study team. Then there's a slide presentation at 7 o'clock and more talk.

This effort by the transit authority and the District Department of Transportation still is in its early stages, but it looks like it will follow the pattern of the recently concluded project to improve bus service on the 30s Line, a long and heavily traveled route across Washington that just got an extreme makeover.

For 16th Street, the planners did a rider survey last month, but if you didn't get a chance to participate, you can complete the survey form online here.

The 30s Line study, which began the same way, should prove to be a good model for service improvements on 16th Street, because there's a lot of rider involvement in the process.

Of course, the proof is in the implementation. I'd like to hear from travelers who have taken the 30s Line since the changes were made at the end of June. (Comment here, of course, or send an e-mail to me at If you e-mail, please include your name, home community and a contact phone. I might print some reader comments in an upcoming column.)

By Robert Thomson  |  July 15, 2008; 11:44 AM ET
Categories:  Metro  
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