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Riders meet about Metrobus line

Metro and the District Department of Transportation are continuing their commendable efforts to involve riders in its plans to modify bus services. This week, the transit authority has three public meetings scheduled to review the U Street-Garfield Line, which services more than 14,000 riders.

Schedule
The meetings are tonight, Wednesday and Thursday. Tonight's session is at the Douglass Community Center, Frederick Douglass Court and Stanton Terrace SE. The Wednesday meeting will be held at J.O. Wilson Elementary School, 6th and K streets NE. Both of those meetings are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday's meeting is scheduled for noon to 2 p.m. at the Reeves Center, 14th and U streets NW.

Each meeting will begin with a half-hour open house, followed by a 20-minute presentation and a one-hour group discussion. Metro staff takes in the views of riders, businesses and residents along the bus corridor.

Rider survey
This particular study, focused on Metrobus Routes 90, 92 and 93, began with a rider survey in April. Staffers distributed about 5,000 surveys on buses and at bus stops along the line. The preliminary results will be discussed at the three sessions this week.

Preliminary results of the survey will be discussed at the public meetings. An on-line version of the survey can be found here through the end of June.

Typical problems
Metrobus riders throughout the region would be familiar with the problems on the 90s buses. They cover a lot of territory between Northwest and Southeast Washington, carrying a lot of riders along some of the most congested streets in the city. So riders find service unreliable and the buses crowded.

Metro staffers have some ideas on how to improve service, and they've applied them to other lines, such as the 16th Street Line, but they adapt the plans based on recommendations from the public. The menu of options could include adding buses, using new types of buses, increasing supervision along the route, creating some short routes for local service and some limited stop routes for long distance service and improving traffic management. A plan should be ready by the end of the year.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 18, 2010; 5:00 PM ET
Categories:  Metro  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, metrobus b2  
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