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Metro Invites Public to Help Improve Bus Service

The transit authority is nearing the end of a review on how to fix eight Metrobus lines that serve thousands of people across the region.

Today, it announced a schedule for five public meetings during the next two weeks to talk about this Service Evaluation Study. Separately, Metro and the Montgomery County Department of Transportation are hosting two public meetings as part of the Metrobus Q2/Veirs Mill Line study.

The lines under review serve many people who don't have easy access to Metrorail service. Some of the routes are very long and pass through some of the region's congested areas, two factors that often through off the schedules and result in crowding during peak periods.

Metro says it hopes the study will result in more efficient service. To its credit, the transit authority is continuing an approach that draws on information from riders and bus drivers as well as planners.

These are the lines under review in the Service Evaluation Study:
* Washington Boulevard Line (2A, 2B, 2C, 2G)
* Sibley Hospital-Stadium Armory Line (D1, D3, D6)
* Glover Park-Dupont Circle Line (D2)
* Ivy City-Union Station Line (D4)
* MacArthur Blvd-Georgetown Line (D5)
* Hospital Center Line (D8)
* Prince George's-Langley Park Line (F8)
* Eastover-Addison Road Line (P12)

The public meetings for each line are scheduled to run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., with an open house from 6:30 to 7 p.m. and a presentation of preliminary recommendations and a group exercise from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. (In the group exercises, people gather around tables and discuss their problems and suggestions with a group leader.)

See all the meeting locations on this page.

Comments and suggestions can also be submitted by calling the project hotline at 202-370-2915 or by using this online comment form.

By Robert Thomson  |  January 26, 2009; 2:58 PM ET
Categories:  Metro  
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oh my....where is the meeting to improve the 30's line lack of accuracy? Some areas get ears, some get silenced. Way to go Metro.

Posted by: cbmuzik | January 26, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

And yet again the 90 and 92 are ignored. They travel in packs, arriving on no schedule, just whenever. If you miss one, the next one might come in five minutes. Or an hour. And then three buses will show up. Aren't buses equipped with GIS locators? How can Metro not be aware of this?

Posted by: pirate1 | January 26, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

I think the main problem with the Q2 route is that it is two long and would benefit from being broken into two routes. For instance, have a Q1 that runs from Shady Grove Metro to the intersection of Veirs Mill and Randolph, or to Veirs Mill and Connecticut. Then have the Q2 run from Rockville to Silver Spring. You would have double coverage in some of the most high ridership areas, and you would lessen the chance for increased delays by having a shorter route.

Another option would be to eliminate the Q2 service from Wheaton to Silver Spring and have the bus terminate at Wheaton. The service between Wheaton and Silver Spring is already considerable with the many Y buses that run up and down Georgia Ave.

Posted by: UMDTerpsGirl | January 28, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Gosh I'm a bad editor...*too long* in the first line of my post.

Posted by: UMDTerpsGirl | January 28, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

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