Circulator service is on, even if D.C. government closes

A correction to a post we had Wednesday on Circulator service being shuttered in the event of a government shutdown. Reggie Sanders, spokesman for D.C.’s Department of Transportation called today to tell us that the city will continue to offer Circulator service even if Congress fails to reach an agreement to keep government operating.

Of course the question of what will be open and what will be closed in the District may be off the table with Mayor Vincent Gray’s action on Wednesday. As my colleague, Mike DeBonis reported, the mayor declared all of the District government as “essential to the protection of public safety, health, and property,” which officials hope means it’s business as usual.

No word yet on how President Obama’s budget office will respond to Gray’s broad definition of “essential,” but we’ll keep you updated.

Of course if D.C. government is open for business, it means parking rules are being enforced. Some had cheered the idea that ticket writers would take a break in the event of a shutdown, though other folks (clearly not parking scofflaws) said they’d miss the parking officers who keep their streets clear of illegally parked vehicles.

Lori Aratani writes about how people live, work and play in the D.C. region for The Post’s Transportation and Development team.

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