One of the biggest problems with riding the bus is that bus routes are often hugely complicated. There are hundreds of criss-crossing routes all over the region, with hard-to-remember, nondescriptive names like “16Y” and “X2.″ Even within individual corridors service patterns are often hopelessly complex, with several similarly-named routes all generally parallel to one another, but all following slightly different routes.
It’s a nightmare for riders, and it’s one of the big reasons why many people are comfortable taking Metrorail but are intimidated by the bus. It’s also one of the big reasons why D.C. Circulator, with its small number of easy to understand routes, is often preferred over Metrobus.
But what can a big transit agency like WMATA do? Obviously eliminating most of its routes in order to show a simple map would not be productive.
[Continue reading Dan Malouff’s post at BeyondDC.]
Dan Malouff is an Arlington County transportation planner who blogs independently at BeyondDC.com. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.