DDOT Publishes Proposed Rules to Update DC Circulator Operations, and Improve Public Input Process for Service Adjustments

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Terry Owens — (202) 763-8635, terry.owens@dc.gov
Michelle Phipps-Evans — (202) 497-0124, michelle.phipps-evans@dc.gov

(Washington, DC) – The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) has published proposed rules to update regulations for the operation of the DC Circulator, the District’s local bus service. In addition to clarifying the bus routes that are currently in operation, the proposed rules also do the following:

  • Clarify existing fare rates for riders;
  • Amend the regulations to eliminate all DC Circulator-specific unlimited ride passes to make the “7-Day Regional Bus Pass” the only pass that permits unlimited use of DC Circulator; and
  • Formalize District of Columbia students’ ability to use their Kids Ride Free bus pass activated on their Student DC One Card on DC Circulator. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Kids Ride Free program allows students to ride for free on Metrobus, the DCCirculator, and Metrorail within the District to get to school and school-related activities.

The proposed rules also define and modify the requirements for public notice when DDOT proposes “fare adjustments,” “major service adjustments,” and “minor service adjustments.” DDOT strives to ensure that in the event of service changes designed to improve operations, no group of residents is disproportionately burdened or disparately impacted, especially ethnic minority groups or low-income communities.

DDOT welcomes feedback on the proposed rulemaking. All persons interested in commenting on the subject matter in this proposed rulemaking may file comments in writing, with Derek A. Jones, Associate Director of Progressive Transportation Services Administration, District Department of Transportation, 55 M Street, SE, 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20003.

Any interested person may also send comments electronically to publicspace.policy@dc.gov. Copies of this proposed rulemaking are available, at cost, by writing to the above address, and are also available electronically, at no cost, in the DC Register at http://dcregs.dc.gov/Gateway/NoticeHome.aspx?noticeid=6290467

Public comments will be accepted until Saturday, December 24, 2016.

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