Service Advisory: The Papal Visit 2015

Three Things to Know Before You Go

The District is abuzz with preparation for Pope Francis’ visit to the city on Wednesday, September 22 – 24.

Please prepare for the following changes to DC Circulator service as you plan your transportation needs during that time.

1. Route Service Suspensions and Reductions

Due to large crowds and street closures, service on the National Mall route will be suspended Wednesday, 9/23 and Thursday, 9/24. Buses on the following routes will run every 15 minutes beginning at 12pm on Wednesday, 9/23. Normal frequencies on the routes shown below will resume Thursday, 9/24, as rolling closures and congestion allow.

o Dupont Circle—Georgetown—Rosslyn
o Georgetown—Union Station
o Woodley Park—Adams Morgan—McPherson Square
o Union Station—Navy Yard (See #3 below)
o Potomac Ave—Skyland

2. Shuttle Service to the Basilica
DC Circulator buses and operators will provide a shuttle – at the standard $1 per trip rate – between the Rhode Island Avenue, Brookland—CUA, and Fort Totten stations from 12pm to 9pm on Wednesday, 9/23. Wait times may vary so please allow yourself extra travel time.

Shuttle Stop at Rhode Island Avenue Station

Shuttle Stop at Brookland – CUA Station

Shuttle Stop at Fort Totten Station

Shuttle Stop at Columbia Heights Station

3. Detour: Union Station – Navy Yard

To avoid large crowds and major traffic changes, buses on the Union Station to Navy Yard route will operate on the following detour around the U.S. Capitol:

Buses will travel from Union Station down Massachusetts Avenue NE and turn on 4th Street NE toward Pennsylvania Avenue SE. They will then travel their normal route to Navy Yard Metro.
Northbound: Buses will travel from Navy Yard Metro to Pennsylvania Avenue and turn on 6th Street SE heading back to Union Station via C Street NE.

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