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X2 Bus Ridership Has Climbed 14 Percent in 4 Months

by Andrea Swalec — March 25, 2015 at 11:25 am 3 Comments

X2 bus ridership data (Image via PlanItMetro)More and more people are riding the X2 bus.

Ridership on the X2 Metrobus line, which travels the Benning Road/H Street NE corridor, jumped an estimated 14 percent between October and February, according to data released this week by Metro.

An average of 13,800 people rode the bus every weekday in February, up from 12,700 people in October, the data shows. Metro attributed the spike in ridership to improvements they made in December, including increasing the frequency of buses to every 8 minutes from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, and keeping buses evenly spaced.

“Overcrowding (particularly during the midday) has been virtually eliminated, and on-time performance has grown to 83% — a remarkable achievement for a heavily congested urban corridor,” a post to the PlanItMetro blog says.

X2 riders told officials last week that they’re frustrated with delayed service, disruptive passengers and impolite drivers, as Hill Now reported.

“Any time you get on the X2, you get a show,” a WMATA street operations supervisor admitted.

Hat tip to @WCPSarah. Image via PlanItMetro

  • Thunder

    This is not April 1st. No way this is true. The X2 only travels in groups of three, and is usually over crowded.

  • TDA

    Tamara Alfson At
    least once a week, a bus is so crowded it drives right by our stop at H
    and 3rd NE and we are left standing there for 10-15 minutes waiting for
    another one. One day, I had 2 drive by me before a third stopped. Tired
    of being late for work because of overcrowding

  • exaviyur

    What a ludicrous rationale. Ridership increased from October to February because it got cold and people weren’t going to bike or walk to work. It’s still congested as hell and X2s jump H&11th NE routinely in the mornings because drivers refuse to tell people congregating at the front of the bus to move to the back so others can get on.

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