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Brown pushes for east of river Circulator

D.C. Councilmember Kwame Brown lost a committee vote today, but he focused some attention on the idea of extending a D.C. Circulator bus route across the Anacostia River.

The Circulator buses do two important things: They move people across core parts of the District that need better transportation service and they encourage development of neighborhoods.

The black, silver and red buses are modern and distinctive. They have a cache not carried by most Metrobuses. They have established a brand. Now the council is considering a measure that would allow the Circulator to operate outside the District. That would allow the Circulator to take over the route of Georgetown's Blue Bus, which offers a connection across the Key Bridge to Rosslyn.

Brown says he'd rather have the Circulator cross the Anacostia than the Potomac. He introduced an amendment to the bill in which the council would have endorsed the idea of extending Circulator service from the Barracks Row and Navy Yard area across the Anacostia and down Pennsylvania Avenue SE to the DC/MD line.

While he was defeated in the Committee on Public Works and Transportation, Brown did get some council support for the idea and says he will not let it drop.

By Robert Thomson  |  January 12, 2010; 5:14 PM ET
Categories:  Transportation Politics , transit  | Tags: Circulator, DC transit, Dr. Gridlock  
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Any idea where councilman Brown wants the circulator to go once it crosses the river? Barry Farms, the Big Chair? Seriously, what would the destination be?

Posted by: tradervic1313 | January 12, 2010 11:45 PM | Report abuse

From Dr. Gridlock: Straight down Pennsyvania Avenue SE to Southern Ave.

Posted by: Dr_Gridlock | January 13, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Dr. Gridlock, you mean 'cachet', not 'cache'.

Posted by: CapitolDome | January 13, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

I agree with Dr. Gridlock: straight down Penn Ave to Southern Ave. I live across the Anacostia River and would love access to Circulator. In the first comment, the writer asks, "what would the destination be?" Who says it has to be a destination? Can't the citizens of River East have the same access to Union Station, Georgetown, and Navy Yard as the rest of the city. You see, that's the attitude the people across river have been dealing with for years: treated like second class citizens. I think the Circulator is one of many excellent tools to help unify the city. Kudos to Kwame Brown!!

Posted by: jlfloyd05 | January 13, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Shouldn't the concern be on providing necessary routes and well-maintained lines, not potentially infrequently-used routes for privileged populations? That's always been the strategy by WMATA and other local transit operators.

Posted by: cprferry | January 13, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Also, the Circulator fare is $1.00, as opposed to the $1.35 base fare for regular Metro buses. Again, the communities that would benefit most are denied, while those needing it least are rewarded.

Posted by: rjchittamssr | January 13, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

The M6 is basically a circulator, running in less frequent intervals. Extend its route to Union Station via Mass. Avenue or Stadium-Armory to improve transit in the region of the city.

Posted by: brown337 | January 13, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

really.. want to go from Anacostia to Navy Yard or Union station. Take the train! Gesh some people use the race card on everything.

Posted by: mccullo31 | January 13, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

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