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Several changes to the existing Circulator service will be implemented beginning October 3, 2011.
(Washington, DC) The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is set to implement several changes to the existing Circulator service beginning on October 3, 2011. These changes were based on community input and ridership numbers and are aimed at improving the operation of the system to provide a better level of service.
Earlier this year DDOT completed a comprehensive Transit Development Plan to guide the growth of the Circulator system over the next 10-years. Following the release of the plan, several public meetings were held to discuss the proposed changes outlined below.
On Monday, DDOT will implement the following routing and stop changes:
Suspension of Convention Center-SW Waterfront Route
Due to low ridership, suspension of the Convention Center-SW Waterfront route is effective September 30, 2011 at 9 pm. New Metrobus Route 74 service began serving this corridor between the SW Waterfront and Gallery Place on Sunday, September 25. Please visit www.wmata.com or call (202) 637-7000 for more details on this new Metrobus service.
Reroute of Union Station-Navy Yard near Union Station
Many riders have been asking for a more direct connection from the Navy Yard route to Union Station. Beginning on October 3, 2011, buses will no longer travel west on Constitution Avenue and north on Louisiana Avenue to reach Union Station. Buses will instead stop adjacent to Union Station on Columbus Circle at the flag poles before turning right on F Street, NE and right on 2nd Street, NE to Constitution Avenue. The route will no longer serve the Union Station garage level and the stops located at Louisiana and D Streets, NE will no longer be served.
Bus Stop Consolidations
Several closely spaced Circulator stops will be combined or eliminated along the Georgetown-Union Station and Dupont-Georgetown-Rosslyn routes. While this may require an extra walk of one or two blocks, reducing the number of closely spaced stops will speed buses along the route and help us maintain our reliable 10-minute headways to get you where you want to go faster. Circulator is adding one stop at the request of the nearby community, at the very end of the Georgetown-Union Station route, where it turns around on 35th Street, NW.
- Wisconsin & P St, NW (eastbound)
- Wisconsin & P St, NW (westbound)
- Wisconsin & N St, NW (westbound)
- M & 31st, NW (eastbound)
- Stops at 18th, 19th, and 20th Streets along K Street, NW will be consolidated into one stop at K Street & 19th Street, NW (westbound toward Georgetown)
- Stops at 18th and 19th Streets on K Street, NW will be consolidated into one stop at K Street & 19th Street, NW (eastbound toward Union Station)
- 35th Street & Wisconsin Avenue, NW
New Circulator-ART Transfers with SmarTrip Card
Riders transferring from Arlington Transit (ART) buses to the Circulator will now receive a free transfer when paying with their SmarTrip cards. Those transferring the other direction—from Circulator to ART—will pay just 50¢.
The Circulator will add a new route on October 3 with service east of the Anacostia River. The route will run from the Potomac Avenue Metrorail Station to Skyland via Barracks Row. Specific route information will be released in the coming days.
Known for its convenient 10-minute headways, the Circulator costs one dollar a ride, with additional discounts for seniors and District students. More information about the routes and schedules is available at www.dccirculator.com .