Metro invites riders to comment on bus service in Oxon Hill

February 24

Metro will hold two community meetings this week where riders will have an opportunity to give input on the level of bus service in the Oxon Hill area.

Metro officials will be available during the open house-style meetings to have one-on-one conversations with riders about potential improvements to the routes D12, D13, D14, NH1, NH3, P17, P18, P19, W13, W14, W15 and W19.  These routes serve key locations in southern Prince George’s County, including National Harbor, and some Metrorail stations. Some are important commuter connections to the District.

Metro says it will review these bus lines together with Prince George’s County and the D.C. Department of Transportation to improve service efficiency and coverage. The agency says it will examine overall performance and come up with suggestions to improve service reliability, frequency, crowding, travel time, bus stop amenities, and customer communications.

Demand for bus service in southern Prince George’s appears to be on the rise, particularly at National Harbor. The waterfront resort is a thriving employment hub with many restaurants, hotels and shopping options.  Many of the workers there depend on public transit to get to work.

Last year when Metro proposed changing a route that serves National Harbor, residents, workers and community and county leaders protested the plan.  As a response, Metro added a new bus line, the NH3, to address need for transit there.

These meeting are part of ongoing studies to improve Metrobus service on some of the region’s most heavily used bus lines, Metro says.

Here are the details for the meetings:

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Oxon Hill Library
6200 Oxon Hill Road
Oxon Hill, MD 20745

Thursday, Feb. 27, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Forest Heights Municipal Building
5508 Arapahoe Drive
Forest Heights, MD 20745

Luz Lazo writes about transportation and development. She has recently written about the challenges of bus commuting, Metro’s dark stations, and the impact of sequestration on air travel.
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