DC Studying Bus Service Changes
This is part of a much broader effort to rethink transit service in Washington that led to a series of public meetings in September. It's called the Neighborhood Circulation Study.
We've got this huge resource in Metrorail, a system designed to move commuters in and out of the region's core. What else have we got? We've got a bus system that's still a mish-mash of lines dating to the mid-20th century, when the transit authority was forced to take over several private bus companies that were failing.
Transit planners in all the jurisdictions are thinking about the other links we need to make. In Maryland, it's the Purple Line, for east-west travel between suburban centers. In the District, it's fast bus and streetcar services to link neighborhoods with each other and with social, business and cultural hotspots that the subway can't handle.
So back to this Route 98 issue: The transit authority has scheduled a public hearing for Nov. 19 on discontinuing the Metrobus service, which the District pays for, so that the District Department of Transportation can transfer the subsidy to a new Circulator route for the Adams Morgan-U Street area in March. The 6:30 p.m. hearing, preceded by a 6 p.m. open house, is at Metro headquarters, 600 Fifth St. NW.
The Circulator, which began service in 2005, now operates three routes in the District's core. The buses are modern, comfortable, easy to use and frequent -- so frequent there's no schedule to consult. They're also cheaper to ride than Metrobus.
To discuss: Is the Circulator at risk of getting too big? Are the advantages of a small, focused service going to be lost at some point? And should we worry about creating a District-funded bus operation that competes for fares and resources with the regionally funded Metrobus system?
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