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Union Station-Navy Yard Circulator Bus Route May Lose Several Stops

by Sean Meehan — September 15, 2015 at 2:45 pm 0

Circulator bus stop sign

Capitol Hill-area residents and visitors could have fewer places to board D.C. Circulator buses if a District Department of Transportation plan to improve service on the line comes to fruition, a DDOT official said today.

The agency is in the process of deciding whether it should eliminate eight stops along the D.C. Circulator bus route between Union Station and Navy Yard, said Circe Torruellas, DDOT’s citywide planner for the bus service.

“Bus stop consolidation improves on-time performance and reliability by combining bus stops that are very close together,” she said. “It also reduces the average travel time for passengers because buses are able to travel faster.”

The stops that DDOT is considering closing include:

Northbound (toward Union Station)

  • M and 4th streets SE. (The closest stop is less than two blocks away at 600 M St. SE.)
  • 8th and E streets SE. (The closest stop is two short blocks away at 8th St SE and Pennsylvania Avenue SE.)
  • Pennsylvania Avenue SE and 5th Street SE (Seward Square). (The closest stop is two blocks away at Pennsylvania Avenue SE and 3rd Street SE.)
  • 8th and G streets SE. (The closest stop is three blocks away at 8th and L streets SE.)

Southbound (toward Navy Yard)

  • Pennsylvania Avenue SE and 5th Street SE (Seward Square). (The closest stop is three blocks away  at Pennsylvania Avenue SE and 8th Street SE or three blocks in the other direction at Independence Avenue and 2nd Street SE.)
  • 8th and D streets SE. (The closest stop stop is one block away at Pennsylvania Avenue SE and 8th Street SE.)
  • M and 4th streets SE. (The closest stop is less than two blocks away at 600 M St. SE.)
  • 8th and G streets. (The closest stop is three blocks away at 8th and L streets SE.)

Before any stops are eliminated, residents will have a chance to weigh in on the proposed changes at an open house later this month. The event will be at the Southeast Neighborhood Library (403 7th St. SE) on Sept. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m.

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