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Changes Coming in D.C. Circulator Routes

I focused my Sunday column on the elimination of the Wisconsin Avenue leg of the Georgetown-Union Station route of the District's Circulator bus, but that's only part of the story. The District is adjusting other Circulator routes as well, starting Oct. 4.

This is basically a money-saving move in tough financial times, so there isn't much good news for riders, though there are a couple of enhancements. The biggest change is the cutback on what's known as the Whitehaven extension. Here are some more details from the District Department of Transportation.

Union Station-Georgetown Route
Service will be discontinued on Wisconsin Avenue NW north of M Street. The new routing in Georgetown will be Washington Circle to K Street NW, right on Wisconsin Avenue, right on M Street, right on Pennsylvania Avenue, returning to Washington Circle and downtown.

The Circulator won't stop here:
-- Whitehaven Street NW and Wisconsin Avenue
-- Wisconsin and 34th Street NW
-- Wisconsin and Q Street NW
-- Wisconsin and P Street NW
-- Wisconsin and O Street NW
-- Wisconsin and Dumbarton Street NW
-- Wisconsin and N Street NW

Since the Circulator will operate eastbound only on M Street, the stops on the north side of M will be discontinued. Stops will be added traveling west on K Street NW at K and 30th streets and at K Street and Wisconsin Avenue. The stop at Wisconsin Avenue and M Street in front of Nathan's will move from S Street to Wisconsin Avenue.

Smithsonian-National Mall Loop
Service will be discontinued during the fall and winter, starting Oct. 4. It will resume on April 3. (This is mostly a tourist route.)

Union Station-Navy Yard Route
This is the one that replaced the N22 Metrobus. Under the new plan, the Circulator buses heading to Navy Yard Metro station will exit the Union Station parking garage, as they do now, travel around Columbus Circle and stop at Delaware Avenue NE. From there the buses will turn right on 1st Street NE, right on D Street NE and left on Louisiana Avenue, returning to their current route.

Buses traveling to Union Station will turn left at Louisiana Avenue onto North Capitol Street, right onto E Street, NE, right onto Columbus Circle and stop at Delaware Avenue NE, before returning to the Union Station parking garage. (I like having the stop in both directions on Columbus Circle, so riders don't have to go all the way into Union Station.)

Also, there will be new stops at Louisiana Avenue and D Streets NE in both directions, which I think is another good move.

Woodley Park-Adams Morgan-McPherson Square Route
Stops will be added in both directions on Columbia Road NW at Ontario Road. (You could see that one coming, because it's a long way between stops in this heavily-traveled area. DDOT said it got nearly 100 requests to add a stop. The disadvantage is that extra stops add to travel times and can throw off schedules.)

By Robert Thomson  |  September 22, 2009; 6:03 AM ET
Categories:  transit  | Tags: Circulator, Dr. Gridlock, bus service changes  
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You've provided a great list of what's being cut. Any chance of getting a list of what the other options are?

If I want to go to Georgetown (up Wisconsin) via Metro/Bus is the Blue Bus coming back to Foggy Bottom or is my only choice some of the 30 buses. Especially on the weekend it seems like the 31 is the only option?

Posted by: archers44 | September 22, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

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