Metrobus Route Switching to D.C. Circulator
Metro is planning to end the N22 bus service in the District that brought many baseball fans to Nationals Park last summer and helps some people get to and from work around the Navy Yard. But the District government plans to replace that with a new Circulator bus route.
The Metro board today authorized the public hearing that must precede the discontinuation of a Metrobus route. No date set yet for the hearing. But the thinking is that the route between Union Station and Navy Yard Station would transfer from Metrobus to Circulator on March 29.
I hope the switch to the distinctive red, silver and black Circulator buses will help build ridership on this route, both in and out of baseball season. The route links the Union Station, Eastern Market and Navy Yard neighborhoods, which don't have a direct connection via Metrorail. It should help link employment centers by day and entertainment centers by night.
Money isn't much of an issue in the switch. The D.C. government subsidizes the N22 Metrobus and the existing Circulator routes. The subsidy will just transfer to the new Circulator route.
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