Now: Metro Board Wrestling With Bus Cuts
The board this morning has begun a discussion of what bus service cuts to propose to the public to help balance the transit budget that takes effect in July.
Maryland, Virginia and D.C. representatives all have come to this morning's meeting at Metro headquarters with proposals for how they would close their jurisdiction's portion of the overall budget gap of $29 million for fiscal 2010.
These are all proposals, at the moment. In fact, even by the end of today's meetings, they'll still be proposals. The change will be that the board has agreed to let the public review them. There are no proposals on the table to change Metrorail service.
Ten bus lines are on the list for complete elimination. Seventeen routes or route segments are on the list for elimination or reduction. Six routes could be up for fare increases. Fourteen lines could see wider gaps between bus arrival times. Meanwhile, Metro will consider taking over weekend bus service on three lines that is now provided by Montgomery County's Ride On buses. (Metrobus already provides the weekday service on those lines.)
These are the lines by jurisdiction and category:
Line elimination in DC: Fairfax Village-Naylor Road (M2), MacArthur Boulevard-Georgetown (D5)
Lines for elimination in Maryland: Bowie-New Carrollton (B27), Crofton-New Carrollton (B29, B31), Hillcrest Heights (C12, C14), Greenbelt-Glenmont (C7, C9), Greenbelt-Fort Totten (R3), Indian Head Highway (W15)
Lines for elimination in Virginia: Ballston-Pentagon (24P), Pentagon-Army/Navy-Shirley Park (22B)
Routes or route segments for elimination:
Maryland: C4, Greenbelt-Twinbrook; C8, College Park-White Flint; L7, Connecticut Avenue; Q2, Veirs Mill Road; J5, Twinbrook-Silver Spring; P17-19, Oxon Hill-Fort Washington; W13-14, Bock Road; Z2, Colesville-Ashton.
What route segments would be affected:
C4: Eliminate the route west of Wheaton.
C8: Eliminate off peak and Saturday service.
L7: Eliminate L7, increase L8.
Q2: Eliminate service south of heaton and north of Montgomery College.
J5: Reroute to local streets.
P17-19: Cut back to Southern Avenue Station.
W13-14: Cut back to Southern Avenue Station.
Z2: Eliminate midday service and all Saturday service north of White Oak.
Virginia: 10A,E, Huntington Towers-Pentagon; 21A-F, Landmark-Pentagon; 21A-F, Landmark-Pentagon; 26A,E,W, Falls Church
What route segments would be affected:
10A-E: Eliminate 10A weekday after 9 p.m. and all day weekends. Keep 10E.
26A,E,W: Eliminate all service or raise fares.
Maryland: J7, J9, the I-270 Express (convert from local fare to express), W19, Indian Head Express,(convert from local fare to express fare)
Virginia: 26A, E, W, Falls Church (raise from 50 cents to $1.35..
Increase gap between bus arrivals, by line:
District: 14th Street, North Capitol Street, U Street-Garfield, Crosstown (H2-4), Brookland-Fort Lincoln, Massachusetts Avenue (N2-6), 16th Street (S2-4), Minnesota Avenue-M Street, Benning Road-H Street
Maryland: MLK Jr Highway (A12), Marlboro Pike, Laurel-Burtonsville Express, Greencastle-Briggs Chaney Express
Virginia: Lincolnia-North Fairlington
Metro would take over these weekend routes from Ride On: L8, T2, Z2
A board committee is just beginning to review these proposals. I'll describe their progress in the next entry. Here's a link to a portion of the document that the board is looking at right now.
March 26, 2009; 10:20 AM ET
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