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Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 07/22/2010

Just how slow are Georgetown Metrobuses?

By Topher Mathews

Two pieces of news relating to buses in and out of Georgetown to report. First, a few more details on the Circulator takeover of the Blue Bus. Second, a report by WMATA on just how slow our buses are.

How slow is your Metrobus? Don’t know? WMATA does. According to an in-house study, buses through Georgetown are not exactly swift. After reviewing GPS data, WMATA determined that the average speed of buses along Wisconsin, M St. and Q St. was only 5-10 mph. The G2 averaged less than 5 mph. That doesn’t sound good at first, but GM wonders, is it really that bad? He takes the Q St. buses every day (i.e. the D1, D2, or D6) and there is never any traffic slowing the bus down. Maybe 10 mph is just to be expected when you have a stop sign every 100 feet or so. Through in a bunch of turns like the G2 has, and maybe that explains that route’s even slower rate.

There doesn’t appear to be much we could do to speed up the Q St. or G2 buses, but there is a lot we could do to speed up the Wisconsin Ave and M St. buses. The Georgetown Transportation Study called for dedicated bus lanes on M and Wisconsin. Hopefully this study will strengthen the argument to finally bring those lanes here.

Continue reading this piece by Topher Mathews at Georgetown Metropolitan here.

Topher Mathews blogs at The Georgetown Metropolitan . The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By Topher Mathews  | July 22, 2010; 11:35 AM ET
Categories:  D.C., Georgetown, HotTopic, Local blog network, transportation  
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Comments

This is why it is important for busses to be able to might free left turns on red and block intersections for priority in the next light cycle. Screw the peons in their personally owned vehicles, they're warming the earth!

Posted by: jiji1 | July 22, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

The G'town connector buses are the slowest buses on the planet. Basically they are impeding traffic which is a traffic violation and can warrant a ticket. I've seen bicyclists pass these Connector buses. I've seen faster conveyor belts. There shouldn't be any dedicated bus lanes because the majority of the bus drivers are dedicated to taking up two lanes when there is ample room for them to pull over to the curb when picking up passengers at the bus stops. Metro "pick up points" should be based on an average speed of 20-25 mph by these buses. If some of these buses go any slower they'd be moving backwards. I'm getting off at the next stop. Wake me when I arrive.

Posted by: bmilton570 | July 22, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

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