Update Metrobus accident. 4 adults & 1 pediatric transported all minor injuries + 1 signed release. Clearing scene. pic.twitter.com/M68uD2FMCl
— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) May 27, 2016
A collision involving a Metrobus and another vehicle injured five adults and a child in NoMa this morning, according to officials.
The crash happened near the intersection of Florida and New York avenues NE about 11 a.m., Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority spokeswoman Morgan Dye said.
The child and four of the adults were brought to a local hospital with minor injuries, D.C. Fire and EMS tweeted. The four adults who were hospitalized were all on the bus, Dye said. But it wasn’t immediately clear if the other people injured were riding the bus, too.
The bus was traveling on the 90 route to the Duke Ellington Bridge when a vehicle made contact with the back of the bus, causing “very minor damage,” Dye said.
Additional images from Metrobus accident NY & Florida Aves NE. pic.twitter.com/jy4QKE23ny
— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) May 27, 2016
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is slated to cut back on bus service in the Capitol Hill area starting this weekend.
Buses are scheduled to stop running on the 93 route beginning Sunday, according to WMATA. The 34 route that day also is set to lose bus service on Saturdays and Sundays and after 9:19 p.m. on weekdays.
The 93 route travels from Adams Morgan to Congress Heights, venturing onto Florida Avenue and 8th Street on its way through Capitol Hill. Its journey through the Capitol Hill area follows the path of the 90 and 92 routes, which are slated to receive more early morning and late evening buses.
The 34 route runs from downtown to the Naylor Road Metro station, traveling on Pennsylvania and Independence avenues SE as it traverses Hill East and Capitol Hill. The path of the bus through those neighborhoods is the same as the 32 and 36 routes.
WMATA said it ended the 93 route “due to low ridership.” But it didn’t elaborate on why it cut back service on the 34 route.
(Updated at 10:35 a.m.) Metro to Offer Limited, Free Service Today — Metrorail opened this morning at 7 a.m. with limited service. Trains on the Red, Orange and Green lines are running every 20-25 minutes. At 11 a.m., Metro will extend service on all three lines to include some above-ground service:
- Orange Line is running between Ballston and New Carrollton
- Red Line will run between Medical Center and Glenmont
- Green Line will run between Fort Totten and Branch Avenue
Some Metro bus lines will also operate between noon and 5 p.m. today. Buses on the following routed will operate in D.C.: 32, 33, 36, 53, 70, 90, A6, A8, S4, U8, V4, X2. [WMATA]
Despite School Closures, Eastern High School and Jefferson Middle School Will Serve Breakfast, Lunch Today — D.C. Public Schools and charter schools are closed today as the District works to clear snow-covered roads, but schools throughout the District, including Eastern High School at 1700 East Capitol St. NE and Jefferson Middle School Academy at 801 7th St. SW, will still serve breakfast and lunch for students and their families today. D.C. Public Schools is asking for volunteers to help put together meals between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. [WTOP]
Water Main Break Causes Overnight Water Outages on Capitol Hill — Houses near the intersection of A and 6th streets SE lost water for most of last night as DC Water repaired a broken water main near the intersection. [DC Water]
Trash Collection Cancelled for Monday, Tuesday — The District Department of Public Works announced that it will not be able to complete trash pickup today or tomorrow and is currently assessing its ability to collect trash for the rest of the week.
Neither Metro buses nor trains will run this weekend, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority CEO Paul Wiedefeld said at a press conference this afternoon.
Metro trains on all lines will shut down at 11 p.m. on Friday and not reopen until Monday morning. Buses will also not run over the weekend.
MetroAccess will suspend service at 6 p.m. tomorrow.
Light Snow Causes Traffic Nightmares, Chaos — Many people spent hours stuck in traffic last night after about 1 1/2 inches of snow fell in D.C., and some say local government agencies seemed unprepared. [Washington Post]
Metro Shifts Bus Service to ‘Light Snow’ Plan — Metrobus is operating on its “light snow” plan today, with all buses running and some planned detours. [WMATA]
Matchbox Begins Expansion on Barracks Row — Barracks Row eatery Matchbox has posted a liquor license placard announcing plans to expand into the former Las Placitas location next door, adding 45 dining seat, 14 bar seats and six patio seats. [PoPville]
More Details on D.C. United Buzzard Point Stadium Plans — D.C. United submitted more detailed plans for its new stadium on Buzzard Point, noting that the stadium will have a “contemporary-industrial” design and 233 bike parking spaces. [SWTLQTC]
New Year’s Eve celebrations have already begun around the Capitol Hill area and there’s no shortage of parties to choose from tonight. When the confetti clears, though, it’s shaping up to be a quiet first weekend of 2016 in the area, with few events planned for Saturday and Sunday.
Temperatures are expected to cool down gradually over the weekend, with temperatures in the low 50s today but remaining in the 40s for most of the weekend. We’ll be taking tomorrow off and will be back on Monday. In the meantime, here’s everything you need to know to make the most of this New Year’s weekend in the Capitol Hill area.
How to Get Around Tonight
- Between midnight and 3 a.m., all Metro trains and buses will be free for those with a SmarTrip card courtesy of a sponsorship with Miller Lite. Passengers can use their SmarTrip to enter and exit Metro stations, but will not be charged for the trip. On buses, riders can show their SmarTrip to the driver to board for free.
- The Washington Regional Alcohol Program will pay for a free ride home (up to $30) from 10 p.m. tonight to 6 a.m. tomorrow. Those needing a ride can call 1-800-200-TAXI
- The DC Circulator will run extended service until 2 a.m. tonight
- Check out our guide to New Year’s Eve parties in the area to find the right celebration for you tonight.
- Join Mayor Bowser for a 5K walk/run Friday morning to ring in the New Year
- Restaurants across the area will hold New Year’s Brunch Friday morning, including Osteria Morini (301 Water St. SE), Medium Rare (515 8th St. SE), Hank’s on the Hill (633 Pennsylvania Ave. SE), Ambar (523 8th St. SE) and The Arsenal at Bluejacket (300 Tingey St. SE)
Several roads will be closed Friday morning for the Fresh Start 5K walk/ run near Eastern High School:
- East Capitol Street between 17th and 19th streets will be closed from 7:30-9:30 a.m.
- East Capitol Street between 19th and 22nd streets will be closed from 8:45-10 a.m.
- 19th Street SE between Independence Avenue SE to East Capitol Street will be closed from 8:45-9:30 a.m.
- 22nd Street between C Street NE and Independence Avenue SE will be closed from 8:45-10 a.m.
- On Friday, Metro trains will run from 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. on a Sunday schedule
- On Saturday from 6 p.m. until closing, Orange, Silver and Blue line trains will run every 24 minutes due to track work between Eastern Market and Stadium-Armory stations
- On Saturday and Sunday, Red Line trains will run between Shady Grove and Glenmont every 24 minutes and between Shady Grove and Silver Spring every 12 minutes from 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
- Parking meters, residential parking and rush-hour lane restrictions will not be enforced on Friday, Jan. 1
- Friday trash collection will be pushed back to Saturday
Bowser Denies Link Between Pepco Stadium Deal, Merger — Mayor Muriel Bowser and Pepco representatives both denied rumors that Pepco’s agreement to pay $25 million for naming rights of the future D.C. United Stadium and other properties influenced Bowser’s decision to back the Pepco-Exelon merger. [WUSA 9]
Capitol Hill-Based Beer Brand Looking Past Local Markets to China — Meet the owner of a new Capitol Hill-based beer brand 888 Lucky Beer, who is focusing on selling his brew in China. [Washington City Paper]
Metrobus and Streetcar That Collided Yesterday Sustained Minor Damage — An accordion-style articulated bus and a streetcar both sustained very minor damage when the bus crashed into the streetcar on H Street NE yesterday. [Washington Post]
Canal Park Ice Rink Opens for Winter Today — The Canal Park Ice Rink in Navy Yard is set to open for the winter at noon today after a week-long delay due to unusually warm temperatures. [Hill Now]
The District government brought out their snow plows today for a practice run before snow season, but they won’t be needing the trucks anytime soon. Aside from possible rain on Sunday morning, this weekend is expected to be dry and sunny with temperatures in the 60s.
The ideal fall weather makes it a perfect time to check out some events across the Capitol Hill area or to start celebrating Halloween a week early. On Wednesday, we published a guide to every early Halloween and fall-themed celebration happening around the area this weekend. Here’s everything else you need to know to make the most of this weekend in the Capitol Hill area:
Home Movie Day
Southwest Library (900 Wesley Place SW)
Saturday 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Southwest residents can bring their home movies to the Southwest library at 900 Wesley Place SW on Saturday for preservation tips and to emphasize the importance of home footage in underrepresented communities.
Hot Cider Hustle 5K/15K
RFK Stadium (2400 East Capitol St. SE)
Saturday 9 a.m.
Capitol Hill-area runners can participated in one of two fall-themed races around RFK Stadium along the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail. Both races start at 9 a.m. in Lot 7. Hot apple cider and caramel apples will wait for participants as they cross the finish line. Registration is still open for both races, but the price will increase tonight at 9 p.m.
Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan (215 G St. NE)
Saturday 6-9 p.m.
This fall festival is for families to celebrate Halloween a little early. The event will have several activities, including a haunted house, spooky pumpkin painting, mad science experiments and a zombie dance party. Costumes are encouraged for all attendees. A chili cook-off contest will take place from 6 – 7:30 p.m. for $1 per taste. Dinners of chili or hotdogs will be served from 6 – 8 p.m. and cost $5 each. A $20 donation per family is recommended.
For more Halloween and fall events over the weekend, check out How to Start Celebrating Halloween a Week Early
There are several events scheduled to address recent crime on and around Capitol Hill. More on those events is available here.
If you’re looking for a new home in the Capitol Hill area or just want to see what your neighbors’ houses look like, check out some of these open houses in the area this weekend.
- Metrorail will open at 5 a.m. on Sunday for the Marine Corps Marathon
- Between 10 p.m. tonight and the end of service on Saturday, there is scheduled track maintenance on five of the six metro lines:
- Red Line trains will operate every 18 minutes
- Yellow Line trains will only operate between Huntington and Mt. Vernon Square. Trains will keep regular weekend schedules
- Green Line trains will operate every 16 minutes
- Orange, Silver, and Blue Line trains will operate every 26 minutes
- Several bus lines will reroute on Saturday for the HIV Walk downtown and Sunday for the Marine Corps Marathon, but there are no scheduled detours or disruptions in the Capitol Hill area
- On Sunday morning, several roads around the National Mall in upper Southwest will be closed for the Marine Corps Marathon
After a few false starts, it seems that colder weather will finally arrive for good this weekend. While temperatures may dip below freezing in the farthest suburbs, within the District, temperatures are expected to remain in the autumn-appropriate fifties.
However, the cold temperatures aren’t going to slow things down in the Capitol Hill area, with plenty of outdoor and indoor events to help residents enjoy or avoid the sweater weather. Here’s everything you need to know to make the most of this weekend in the Capitol Hill area:
In Their Own Words: Soul Strolls at Congressional Cemetery
Historic Congressional Cemetery (1801 E St. SE)
Friday and Saturday 6 – 9 p.m.
The Congressional Cemetery is replacing its Halloween gala with four nights of tours. The event is planned for the twilight hours of Friday and Saturday for the next two weeks, with a cash bar and music each night. Tickets are available online and cost $20 for adults and $10 for children who are 12 years old or younger.
13th Street Community Park & Garden Yard Sale
13th and C streets SE
Saturday 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
This community-wide yard sale of donated items will benefit the 13th Street Community Park & Garden. Residents can donate items for the sale throughout the week by contacting [email protected] and arranging a drop-off. Accepted items include small furniture, clothing, toys, books, electronics and baby items.
15th Annual Renovator’s House Tour
Stuart-Hobson Middle School (410 E St. NE)
Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ten homeowners throughout Capitol Hill are opening their doors to showcase their home decor and renovation style. Tickets are $25 in advance and can be purchased online or in person at Schnieder’s, Hill’s Kitchen and Frager’s Hardware.
REI Thingamajig Used Gear Swap & Beer Garden Bluegrass
150 M St. NE
Saturday 12 – 5 p.m.
Retailer REI will host a community gear swap where residents can buy, sell, barter or trade their used outdoor accessories with fellow lovers of the outdoors. Anyone bringing gear to sell will get table space to do so. There will also be live music and drinks available at Wunder Garten. Tickets are available for $7 available online or at the door.
Navy Yard Says Goodbye to Former Battleship
Washington Navy Yard Cold War Gallery (736 Sicard St. SE)
Saturday 10 a.m.
The former battleship that has been on display at the Washington Navy Yard since 1984 will leave its post for good on Saturday after a ceremony at the Washington Navy Museum. The send-off is free and open to the public.
- Red, Orange, Silver, Blue and Yellow line trains will run every 24 minutes
- Green Line trains will run on a normal weekend schedule
- Blue, Silver and Orange line trains will be single-tracking between Eastern Market and Stadium-Armory for repairs.
Several buses will detour around the National Mall on Saturday 6:30-8 p.m. for the Light the Night Walk
- The affected bus routes are the 30N, 30S, 32, 36
- Buses will detour between Pennsylvania Avenue and 2nd St. SE and 15th and F streets NW
- The affected bus lines will not serve stops along Independence Avenue SW or SE
Teenagers fooling around in front of a Hill East public charter school might leave a stretch of East Capitol Street SE without a bus stop.
The Center City Public Charter Schools campus at 1503 East Capitol St. SE is pushing the District to remove a Metrobus stop in front of its entrance, where crowds of older teens who don’t go to the school often congregate. Center City serves students from preschool to eighth grade.
Joseph Speight, the school’s principal, said at a community meeting last night that it is “overcrowded” by people weekday afternoons. He noted students are “randomly walking out into the street” and misbehaving.
“It is very much so becoming unsafe for children — not just our children, but just children in that area,” Speight said at an ANC 6B transportation committee meeting.
The bus stop is two blocks from Eastern High School and across the street from The Cupboard market and the Hong Kong Carryout Chinese eatery, where students from the school often visit when they’re done with classes.
Rachel Skerritt, Eastern’s principal, said she supports the elimination of the stop.
“I’m definitely not blind or unaware of some of the challenges in terms of behavior issues and dismissal nonsense of students from all schools in the area,” she said.
Removing the stop would force eastbound riders of the 97 and B2 bus lines to use the stop at East Capitol and 17th streets SE, or East Capitol and 14th streets SE, instead.
The ANC panel did not vote on the proposal to eliminate the stop at the meeting, asking Speight and Skerritt to consider other plans to combat misbehavior, in addition to removing the stop.
“I think we need to be very careful about what we’re heading into doing right now because I’m hearing this is children,” said ANC commissioner Denise Krepp, whose district includes Center City. “Then maybe there is another situation we should be solving.”
Driver Crashes Into Metrobus on 11th Street Bridge — A man threatened to jump off the 11th Street Bridge last night after hitting a Metrobus with a stolen car, according to D.C. Fire and EMS Department officials. [WJLA]
Eastern High School Booster Club Looks to Build Support for Ramblers — Two Capitol Hill residents created the Eastern High School Booster Club to raise funds for athletics at the Capitol Hill school. [Hill Rag]
Four-Story Mixed-Use Building Planned for Barracks Row — A development company has submitted plans to build 22 condos and retail space at the corner of 8th Street SE and Virginia Avenue SE with the aim of connecting Barracks Row and Navy Yard. [Capitol Hill Corner]
Public Marina in Navy Yard Slated to Open in Spring — Construction is slated to start soon on a public marina that will run along the Anacostia River from Yards Park to the border of the Washington Navy Yard, according to developer Forest City Washington. [Hill Now]
Whether Hurricane Joaquin makes landfall near the District or not, it’s going to be a very rainy weekend. District officials are warning about possible flooding and many of the weekend’s events have been postponed or moved indoors.
Here’s what you need to know to make the most of this wet weekend in the Capitol Hill area:
The District is under a flash flood watch through Saturday. City officials distributed sandbags to several flood-prone neighborhoods, but did not expect flooding to be a significant issue on Capitol Hill, Navy Yard or Southwest. City officials said they will post updated information on the effects of the rain online.
If Joaquin does hit the District, which meteorologists do not expect, there could be flooding along the river in Navy Yard and Southwest, according to a District government flooding map.
Wunder Garten Oktoberfest
Wunder Garten at NoMA (150 M St. NE)
Friday, Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m. – 12 a.m. (closes at 10 p.m. on Sunday)
Several days of free community events lead up to the pop-up’s ticketed, three-day Oktoberfest celebration on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The weekend festivities will feature festival games, including a beer stein competition and a dirndl relay race. Tickets for the weekend events are $10 per day and must be purchased in advance online.
N and 1st streets SE
Saturday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The free festival that was founded in 1997 is back and ready to educate D.C. residents about the benefits of a plant-based diet. The first 1,000 attendees will receive a tote bag with samples and coupons. The event features a beer garden, more than 130 vendors, live music and a children’s activity area.
Dead Man’s Run 5k and Kids Fun Run
Congressional Cemetery (1801 E St. SE)
Saturday 6 p.m.
Costumes are an unofficial requirement for this 5K race, now in its fifth year. The course, which is along the Anacostia River, is flat and fast. If a 5K is too far, the cemetery also is having a family-friendly 2K fun run, which will start shortly after the main event. All proceeds go toward the preservation of the cemetery.
RFK Stadium (2400 East Capitol St)
Saturday 7 p.m.
The District’s largest haunted attraction is closed today due to weather, but promises to open Saturday night.
“Madam Satan” Screening
Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital (921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE)
Time: 4 – 6 p.m.
The “Tough Dames in Satin Slips” returns to the center this weekend to kickoff the first of four screening of racy films from before 1934. New Yorker writer Margaret Talbot and film critic Nell Minow will host the program. The screening is expected to be standing room only. Online registration in advance is encouraged.
- Weekend track work continues this weekend for all lines except the Green Line.
- Metro riders going to the D.C. United game tonight should take Blue Line trains or buses because the Orange and Silver line trains will not stop at the Stadium-Armory station until 7:30 p.m.
- Red Line trains will run every 20 minutes.
- Orange, Blue, Silver, and Yellow line trains will run every 24 minutes.
- There are no scheduled bus line interruptions in the Capitol Hill area.
- The bus stop at H St and 3rd St NE, which serves the D8, X1 and X2 buses and is currently closed, will reopen Sunday.
On Sunday, the Union Station-Navy Yard and Potomac Avenue-Skyland routes will switch to winter service hours, meaning this is the last weekend that either route will run.
Photo via Facebook/DC Veg Fest
Pope Francis may have left the Capitol Hill area on Thursday, but that doesn’t mean this weekend will be quiet.
Barracks Row, the H Street corridor, Navy Yard and other areas on and around Capitol Hill are set to have a variety of happenings Saturday and Sunday. And while road closures and rerouted buses won’t be as prevalent as they were during the pope’s visit, the Barracks Row Fall Festival will cause some disruptions for drivers and bus riders.
Here’s a roundup of what to expect this weekend on and around Capitol Hill:
Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
8th Street SE between E and I streets SE
Live music, arts, fashion trucks, food trucks and a petting zoo are just some of the features of the street festival that will take over several blocks of 8th Street SE.
Saturday 7 p.m.-3 a.m.
H Street corridor
Arts venues along the H Street corridor will participate in the District’s annual Art All Night festival, which includes gallery shows and live performances.
Saturday 2 p.m.
Amidon-Bowen Elementary School Park (4th and G streets SW)
Multiple vendors will set up shop at the school’s park. Organizers asked vendors to donate a portion of their proceeds to a college fund for Taije Chambliss, a 13-year-old girl who was injured in an Aug. 30 shooting.
Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
1400 East Capitol St. NE
More than 15 residents of the Car Barn condo building will participate in a building-wide yard sale.
Saturday 1-5 p.m.
Yards Park (355 Water St. SE)
Wiener dog races are the main attraction at this festival, which will also include live music, beer and food.
Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sherwood Recreation Center (640 10th St. NE)
The Sherwood Neighborhood Volunteers are hosting the 2nd annual event celebrating the neighborhood with food and activities for families.
Congressional Cemetery Screening of ‘Psycho’
Saturday 7:30 p.m.
Congressional Cemetery (1801 E St. SE)
The Association for the Preservation of Historic Congressional Cemetery will hold their third scary movie screening in the cemetery.
The only road closures planned for the Capitol Hill area this weekend are around the Barracks Row Fall Festival. The following blocks will be closed between 6:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.:
- 8th Street SE from E to I streets SE
- G Street SE between 7th and 9th streets SE
Every line except the Green Line will have maintenence work this weekend
- Red Line trains will run every 20 minutes, with additional trains from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. running every 10 to 12 minutes between the Farragut North and Rhode Island Avenue Metro stations.
- Orange, Silver, Blue, and Yellow line trains will run every 24 minutes.
The only Metro bus route interruptions this week will occur around the streets closed for the Barracks Row Fall Festival. The 90, 92 and 93 bus routes will detour around the closure on 8th Street SE. The following bus stops will not be served between 6:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday:
- M and 10th streets SE (both directions)
- M and 8th streets SE (northbound)
- 8th and L streets SE (both directions)
- 8th and G streets SE (both directions)
- 8th and E streets SE (northbound)
- 8th and D streets SE (southbound)
The Potomac Avenue-Skyland and Union Station-Navy Yard Circulator routes also will detour around the street closures on Barracks Row. On Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Circulator will skip all stops on Barracks Row.
Photo courtesy of Barracks Row Main Street
Road closures, transit changes and extra security are set to arrive in the Capitol Hill area this week when Pope Francis is scheduled to visit the District.
Locals near Capitol Hill are expected to feel the effects of the pope’s visit most strongly on Thursday, when he is slated to speak to a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol.
Here’s how his trip will affect the Capitol Hill area:
- A ticketed event is scheduled to view a live video feed of the pope’s 10 a.m. address to Congress from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Attendees also might catch a glimpse of Francis outside, but should check the list of prohibited items.
- No public, non-ticketed viewing areas are available on the U.S. Capitol grounds or the National Mall.
- The U.S. Capitol will close to the public at 5 p.m. Tuesday and remain closed for the duration of the pope’s visit.
- All streets within a three-block radius of the U.S. Capitol will be closed from midnight to noon on Thursday.
- Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 3rd and 1st streets NW and Maryland Avenue SW between 1st and 3rd streets SW will both be closed from 5 p.m. Wednesday to 4 p.m. Thursday.
- Louisiana Avenue NW between Columbus Circle and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington Avenue SW between South Capitol Street and Independence Avenue SW, and East Capitol Street between 2nd and 1st streets SE and NE will be closed between midnight and 4 p.m. Thursday.
- Metro will increase service during afternoons and evenings. Metro does not have the capacity to increase service during rush hours and expects trains to be very crowded at those times.
- Bicycles and large coolers won’t be allowed on Metro trains Wednesday or Thursday.
- Bags, packages and containers may be searched at Metro stations.
- There is no scheduled track work on any lines during the pope’s visit.
- Updated information will be made available online.
- D3 bus will not operate on Wednesday or Thursday.
- X2 will not go further downtown than Gallery Place from 10:30 p.m. Tuesday to 2 p.m. Thursday.
- 30N and 30S will not run between Foggy Bottom and Federal Triangle from 10:30 p.m. Tuesday to 2 p.m. Wednesday.
- 32 and 36 only will operate from Southeast to 12th Street NW and Constitution Avenue NW from 10:30 p.m. Tuesday to 2 p.m. Wednesday.
- 39 only will operate between Naylor Road and 6th Street NW and Constitution Avenue NW.
- A9, P17, P19 and W13 only will run between Southeast D.C. and L’Enfant Plaza.
- X1 only will operate between Benning Road NE and 6th Street NW and Constitution Avenue NW.
- The National Mall route will not operate at all on Wednesday or Thursday.
- Buses on the Union Station-Navy Yard route will detour to avoid road closures near the Capitol. Buses going to Navy Yard will take Massachusetts Avenue NW to 4th Street NW to Pennsylvania Avenue SW, where it will resume its normal route. Buses going to Union Station will take Pennsylvania Avenue SW to 6th Street SW to Massachusetts Avenue NW, where it will resume its normal route.
- Buses on the Georgetown-Union Station, Potomac Avenue-Skyland and Union Station-Navy Yard routes will all operate every 15 minutes from noon to the end of the day Wednesday.
- Street sweeping has been suspended on Wednesday and Thursday on the 200 block of East Capitol Street and the 200 to 300 blocks of Massachusetts Avenue NE.
- All other parking restrictions and street sweeping schedules will be enforced as usual.
- D.C. public schools all will be open for the entirety of the Pope’s visit. But school officials warn that road closures and crowds may affect transportation to and from school and said parents can contact the Parent Resource Center at 202-576-5000 for transportation-related questions during the pope’s visit.
- Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy will close Wednesday.
- Center City Public Charter Schools won’t hold classes Wednesday.
Councilman Charles Allen of Ward 6 is encouraging locals to speak about plans by Metro to enhance, reduce or eliminate service by some buses that travel through the Capitol Hill area.
Allen wrote on his Facebook page yesterday that about a dozen bus lines with stops in his ward could change. But locals have the opportunity to tell Metro if they support the agency’s proposals.
Residents can complete a online survey that asks how happy they would be if Metro terminated the 93 bus line, which has stops at the Eastern Market and NoMa-Gallaudet University Metro stations. The survey also requests that respondents indicate how happy they would be if Metro stopped weekend service on the 34 bus line, which travels along Pennsylvania and Independence avenues SE.
Locals have other ways to tell Metro what they think about the modifications to the 93 and 34 bus lines; the proposed elimination of the D3 bus line; service reductions for the 80, A42, A46 and A48 bus lines; and service enhancements for the 97, D4, X1, X8 and X9 bus lines.
In addition to the survey, they can send an email to Metro and attend a Sept. 17 meeting about the changes.