Final 2018 Service Changes

Effective June 24, 2018, we implemented major service changes including two route realignments, increased service hours on select routes and a revised fare payment option. 

Service changes included reconfiguration of the current Union Station-Navy Yard (US-NY) and Potomac Avenue – Skyland via Barracks Row routes (PS), adding permanent late-night service between McPherson Square and Union Station, and discontinuing the DC Circulator-exclusive paper fare passes.

The route realignments created new one-seat connections currently unavailable by Metrorail or Metrobus. Additionally, these changes better align DDOT’s resources with growing activity centers such as Congress Heights and Southwest Waterfront, and improve the reliability of DC Circulator service.

Route Realignments

  1. NEW! Eastern Market – L’Enfant Plaza (EMLP)
    • New service connecting Eastern Market Metro to L’Enfant Plaza Metro via Barracks Row, Navy Yard Metro, M Street SE/SW, and Waterfront Metro.
    • Metrobus routes continue to serve eliminated stops along Pennsylvania Avenue SE. Riders connecting from Union Station to Eastern Market can use the new Congress Heights – Union Station route.
  2. NEW! Congress Heights – Union Station (CHUS)
    • New service connecting Union Station and Congress Heights Metro via Barracks Row and
      Historic Anacostia.
    • Metrobus now provides additional Route 92 service for riders along Good Hope Road and additional U8/W4 service along Alabama Avenue from Congress Heights to Skyland Town Center.

Learn more about WMATA’s Metrobus service changes here.

Service Hour Adjustments

  1. The NEW Eastern Market – L’Enfant Plaza and the NEW Congress Heights – Union Station routes runs weekdays from 6 am – 9 pm and weekends 7 am – 9 pm.
    • Eliminated winter vs summer hours schedule variants on the former US-NY route and PS Route.
  2. The Georgetown – Union Station route continues year-round late-night service between McPherson Square and Union Station from 9 pm to 3 am on Fridays and Saturdays.
    • Now permanent, after its temporary implementation during WMATA’s Safe Track project.

Fare Payment Option Revision

  • The DC Circulator-exclusive paper bus passes are now discontinued.
  • Current paper pass holders can redeem their passes until September 30, 2018. After this date, these passes will not be accepted.
  • Riders still have the option to purchase the SmarTrip®-based 7-Day Regional Bus Pass sold by WMATA, and all other DC Circulator payment methods will remain unchanged.
  • No change occured to the base fare of $1 per trip.
Implementation Plan

Helpful Resources

Before the DC Circulator implemented these changes, the team followed an extensive public involvement plan. The public was invited to comment online and in public between December 15, 2017 to February 16, 2018. DDOT hosted a public hearing on Barracks Row on January 4, 2018 and an open house at the Anacostia Library on January 31, 2018. DDOT also visited and met with affected Advisory Neighborhood Commissions. The major service changes to Potomac Avenue Metro – Skyland and Union Station – Navy Yard Metro were part of the recommendations as a result of the 2017 Transit Development Plan (TDP) Update planning process.

View the resources below for more information on the public outreach activities and information shared:

  1. Public Comment Responses
  2. Outreach Results Report
  3. Public Meetings Archive
  4. 2017 TDP
  5. Service Adjustment Plan
  6. Fare Adjustment Plan
  7. Public Meeting Presentation
  8. Public Meeting Maps