FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Implementation Begins June 24
(Washington, DC) — The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) today announced service improvements for the DC Circulator that will be implemented starting Sunday, June 24, 2018. The service changes are part of a process that began with the 2017 DC Circulator Transit Development Plan to assess overall system performance.
Service changes include 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 will create new one-seat connections currently unavailable by Metrorail or Metrobus. Additionally, these changes will better align DDOT’s resources with growing activity centers such as Congress Heights and Southwest Waterfront, and improve the reliability of DC Circulator service.
“These service changes build upon our concerted efforts to improve the DC Circulator system,” said DDOT Director Jeff Marootian. “Along with 40 new buses added to the fleet in the last year, including the largest fleet of electric buses on the east coast, these changes will improve the reliability of the service and bring the DC Circulator to activity centers in each quadrant of the District.”
Before the DC Circulator implemented these changes, the team conducted 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 identified by the 2017 Transit Development Plan (TDP) Update planning process. The final TDP document is available online at dccirculator.com/tdp2017.
Following are the route realignments:
Service Hour Adjustments
Eastern Market – L’Enfant Plaza Metro route will run from 6 am – 9 pm on weekdays and 7 am – 9 pm on weekends.
Congress Heights – Union Station route will run 6 am – 9 pm on weekdays
Georgetown – Union Station route will continue year-round late-night service between McPherson Square and Union Station from 9 pm to 3 am on Fridays and Saturdays.
Fare Payment Options Revision
More Information on all DC Circulator service changes can be found online at www.dccirculator.com/2018servicechanges or by calling the customer service line, 202-671-2020.
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