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New Session on 16th Street Buses

Metro and the District Department of Transportation are hosting their second public meeting Tuesday to get riders' help in improving bus service along 16th Street in Northwest Washington.

16th Street map.jpg

Click for larger map. (Metro)

The first session this summer produced many good ideas for fixing problems with crowding, bus bunching and erratic schedules -- things that commonly occur on busy lines that pass through congested areas, both characteristics of the 16th Street Line.

The S1, S2 and S4 routes, which average 16,000 passengers on a weekday, have the third highest ridership of any line in the Metrobus system as they travel between Silver Spring Station and downtown Washington. On this project, Metro if following a similar pattern to the one used to upgrade service this year on the 30s Line, an even busier route across Washington.

The 16th Street study involves these public meetings, a rider survey, a staff review of service options, exploring whether new types of buses could be used and looking into bus stop designs and sites. The 30s Line study produced an action plan that included route improvements, a limited stop service and better supervision. I hope we get similar results for 16th Street, with public participation.

Tuesday's meeting is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. in the community room of St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church, 16th and Newton Streets NW, Washington..

This project has a Web site at www.metrobus-16th-dc.com. You can also get information by calling the project hotline at 703-682-5060.

By Robert Thomson  |  September 22, 2008; 6:31 AM ET
Categories:  Commuting , transit  
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