MARC, VRE Won't Handle Charter Bus Traffic After All
The city has changed it's mind about channeling a large chunk of charter bus traffic through regional mass transit, and instead has allocated more parking downtown, The Post's Lena Sun reports:
Previously, officials wanted to park only half of the buses in the city, including at RFK Stadium and locations south and east of the Mall. Now, officials plan to set aside a huge chunk of downtown south of P Street NW and another area around Union Station to accommodate an additional 5,000 buses, City Administrator Dan Tangherlini said yesterday.
Until last week, officials had planned to park about half the buses in the city. An additional 1,200 charter buses will be parked at six designated Metrorail stations in the Virginia and Maryland suburbs: Greenbelt, Morgan Boulevard, Van Dorn Street, Shady Grove, West Falls Church and Vienna. That part of the plan will not change.
Until last week, officials had planned to park about half the buses in the city ... the remaining buses, carrying about 200,000 passengers, were going to be parked at other suburban locations, which were not finalized. The biggest hurdle had been figuring out how to get those passengers from outlying spots to downtown Washington.
"Even if they were near a Metro, they could have overwhelmed the station," Tangherlini said. "If we parked them somewhere else with no direct access to Metro, the amount of shuttling [to downtown] would be Herculean."
Christopher Dean Hopkins
December 26, 2008; 12:50 PM ET
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