DCST supports frequent, safe, reliable, speedy bus service on the DC Circulator and Metrobus to serve residents all over the city and transport them where they need to go. Especially given Metro's struggles, it's important to offer high-quality bus routes that meet DC's mobility needs.
DCST is working on the following issues regarding bus service:
- Circulator: The DC Circulator has struggled with reliability and does not operate all of the buses it should. Also, the Circulator is not meeting its promised service standard of a bus every 10 minutes. DCST aims to support DDOT to restore the Circulator to a high level of quality. DCST also supports DC's efforts to try out new all-electric buses.
- Bus garages: One cause of Circulator problems is inadequate maintenance space. The Circulator needs a new garage for maintaining its buses. Also, Metrobus will soon need to renovate or replace its aging Western (near Friendship Heights) and Northern (upper 14th Street) garages. DCST urges the District to ensure it has adequate industrial land for future transportation storage and maintenance needs.
- Bus priority: As DC's population grows, traffic will increase. The only way to move more people on limited road space is to prioritize vehicles like buses which move many people in a small amount of space. DC should explore bus priority corridors including bus lanes, signal priority, off-board fare payment, and more.
From the Blog
Baltimore, Washington, and Richmond should all make their bus service a priority with more lanes, faster boarding, better infromation, and much more. Those are recommendations from the Greater Washington Partnership, a super-regional business-led organization which just released a new issue brief on bus service.
Planners from the District Department of Transportation unveiled their design for bus lanes on 16th Street, the next step from a 2016 planning study which recommended a dedicated bus lane in the peak direction during the peak period, as well as a number of other changes to make the 16th Street buses faster and more reliable.
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is taking a closer look at how to improve congestion on 14th Street NW in the area around and south of the Columbia Heights Metro station. Nothing has been proposed yet and the agency and local Advisory Neighborhood Commissions are hosting a community work sessions to discuss solutions on June 23.
Recently we asked readers how Metro could improve its unlimited passes for commuters and visitors. You gave us some great feedback, which we've rounded up here — and now you have the opportunity to weigh in further!
Metro wants to improve its unlimited passes for both commuters and visitors, and they want to hear from you. What do you think Metro should do to make this work?
Changes to DC Circulator could bring the DC-run bus service to Congress Heights, L'Enfant Plaza, U Street/Howard University, but remove it from Skyland, Wisconsin Avenue, and Potomac Avenue. What do you think?