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Circulator detours for summit

Both Metro and the District's Circulator are doing a good job in previewing the detours and delays that will occur Sunday afternoon through Tuesday night because of security around the nuclear summit at the Washington Convention Center.

Metro has so many bus routes that it often tells us only the route numbers affected by detours around big events or emergencies. Today, Metro released more extensive details about the impact on buses. The Circulator system has done the same. Here are the details on the Circulator, which has several important cross-town routes.

Service will be modified in these ways between 8 a.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Tuesday:

Union Station-Georgetown
The Georgetown-Union Station route will be divided in two. Route A will be the east/west route from Georgetown but will stop before the Convention Center and turn around. Passengers who want to continue to Union Station will need to get off and walk to the other side of the Convention Center to connect to another Circulator bus. Be sure to check this map in planning your walk around the Convention Center.

The turnaround will go like this: eastbound on K Street, right onto 13th Street NW, right onto I Street NW, right onto 14th Street NW, left onto K Street NW.

Route B will be the west-east route from Union Station to the Convention Center. It will not continue through to Georgetown. To make the connection, riders must get out and walk to the other side of the Convention Center to pick up Route A buses. The turnaround will go like this: westbound on Massachusetts Avenue NW, right onto Sixth Street NW, right onto K Street NW, right onto Fifth Street NW, left onto Massachusetts Avenue NW.

Circulator staff will be present at transfer points providing information to help people get to their final destinations. Riders paying cash who need to travel past the cutoff point should ride the detoured through bus (see below) to avoid having to pay upon boarding the second bus. No paper transfers will be provided. Riders using SmarTrip cards will not be affected as long as they transfer within three hours.

Through bus
In addition, the Circulator will run a through service between Georgetown and Union Station. But this route will take an additional 25 minutes or more based on congestion and any traffic delays, the District Department of Transportation says. This will allow disabled riders the opportunity to take the Circulator without having to disembark and walk to another location.

Convention Center/SW Waterfront
The Convention Center/SW Waterfront route will end at I Street NW. Service will not be allowed around the Convention Center because of the street closings. The turnaround for this route is as follows: Northbound on Seventh Street, left onto I Street NW, left onto Ninth Street NW.

By Robert Thomson  |  April 8, 2010; 11:25 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Events , Metro , transit  | Tags: Circulator nuclear summit changes, DC bus information, DC nuclear summit traffic, DC nuclear summit transit, DC nuclear summit travel tips, DC traffic information, DC transit information, DC travel tips, Metrobus nuclear summit changes  
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Why aren't the Circulator detours posted on the Circulator site? I've looked and can't find them.

Posted by: annon4 | April 8, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for posting the Circulator detours. Why aren't they posted on the Circulator site? I've looked and can't find them.

Posted by: annon4 | April 8, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

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