Metro invites riders to comment on bus service changes affecting dozens of routes

Robert Thomson
Columnist September 14, 2013

The transit authority wants riders to comment on several dozen proposals to change Metrobus service. The revisions, if approved by the Metro board after public hearings, would affect Metrobus’s airport routes, as well as service to National Harbor and other popular destinations throughout the D.C. region.

Metrobus 5A, operating between L’Enfant Plaza and Dulles International Airport, will be redundant after the second phase of the Silver Line opens, but the District government has proposed cutting the bus line when the trains get as far as the Reston area early next year.

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Dulles-bound rides would take the Silver Line to the station at Wiehle Avenue, then switch to a bus.

The B30 bus, which takes passengers between the Greenbelt Metrorail station and BWI Marshall Airport, could include an intermediate stop at Arundel Mills Mall, perhaps boosting ridership by adding shoppers and gamblers to the mix of airport patrons.

The NH1, the bus connecting National Harbor with the Branch Avenue Metrorail station in Prince George’s County, would instead travel over the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, connecting National Harbor with the King Street and Eisenhower Avenue Metrorail stations and establishing a transit link between National Harbor and Alexandria.

These changes and the others wouldn’t make the Metro budget bigger or smaller. Metrobus periodically reviews its services to put more buses where the riders are, take advantage of economic opportunities, or just adjust the schedules to the realities of traffic congestion.

Here’s a list of the proposed changes and the locations of the six hearings scheduled for the coming week.

The District

Proposals for the District all could take effect in June.

30s routes. Wisconsin Avenue/Pennsylvania Avenue

Proposal: Improve service to Southeast Washington; break some trips in the downtown area for improved performance.

Route 5A. D.C.-Dulles International Airport

Proposal: Eliminate.

Route M2. Fairfax Village-Naylor Road

Proposal: Eliminate.

Route D6. Sibley Hospital-Stadium-Armory

Proposal: Improve performance; add more short trips.

Route E6. Chevy Chase

Proposal: The District wants to reduce the frequency and span of service.

Routes M8, M9 and W1. Congress Heights Shuttle/Bellevue-Shipley Terrace

Proposal: Eliminate M8 and M9; partially replace by W1.

Route 74. Convention Center-Southwest Waterfront

Proposal: The District wants to reduce service, including late night and weekends, and reroute the V8 bus to provide alternate service.

Route V8. Minnesota Avenue-M Street

Proposal: Reroute to replace some late-night and weekend service on Route 74; replace service between Minnesota Avenue and Deanwood.

Routes V7, 9. Minnesota Avenue-M Street

Proposal: Redirect service away from Bureau of Engraving and to Archives–Convention Center, or Potomac Avenue station.

Route U2. Minnesota Avenue-Anacostia

Proposal: Extend service to Deanwood station. Add Sunday service.

80s routes. North Capitol Street

Proposal: Cut every other trip to the Kennedy Center; terminate these trips at McPherson Square.

Routes 96/97. East Capitol Street-Cardozo

Proposal: Restructure service.

Routes E2, 3, 4/D3, D4, 60. Military Road–crosstown/Ivy City-Franklin

Square

Proposal: Restructure service.

Routes H1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9/42. Crosstown/Mount Pleasant

Proposal: Restructure service.

Virginia

Proposed service changes in Virginia could take effect in December or June.

Route 1F. Wilson Boulevard

Proposal: Extend to Vienna, Sunday and late nights in December.

Routes 1C/2B. Wilson Boulevard/Washington Boulevard

Proposal: Change western segment of routes to operate 1C via Government Center Parkway and 2B via Random Hills Road in December.

Route 7Y. Lincolnia-North Fairlington

Proposal: In June, relocate terminus in the District from Federal Triangle to Farragut Square, McPherson Square or other downtown location, depending on customer feedback at public hearings.

Routes 9/10. Huntington/Hunting Point

Proposal: Restructure to complement Crystal City-Potomac Yard Shuttle service in June.

Routes 13F, G. Reagan National Airport-Pentagon-D.C.

Proposal: Restructure or eliminate and extend a 50 or S Line route to National Airport as a replacement in June.

Routes 23A, T. Leesburg Pike

Proposal: Reroute from Chain Bridge Road to Route 123 in McLean, effective in December. Fairfax Connector would serve Chain Bridge Road.

Route 25B. Landmark-Ballston

Proposal: Reduce weekday running time to improve on-time performance, effective in June.

Route 25E. Ballston-Bradlee-Pentagon

Proposal: In June, reroute to remove ParkFairfax loop, which would be replaced by DASH service.

Routes 29K, N. Alexandria-Fairfax

Proposal: In December, cut route at King Street Metrorail station. Reroute 29N to Vienna Metrorail station. Run existing route as limited stop along parts of Duke Street. Remove loop through Landmark Mall.

Route 4A. Pershing Drive-Arlington Boulevard

Proposal: In December, cut service to Culmore with route terminating at Seven Corners.

Route 26A. East Falls Church-Annandale

Proposal: New route to connect East Falls Church Metrorail station with

Annandale via Culmore; all-day service, with 60-minute headway, effective in December.

Route 3B. Lee Highway

Proposal: In June, terminate at East Falls Church as approved in Silver Line realignment, but do not replace service with the 3T as previously proposed. Provide additional service between Broad and Washington streets and East Falls Church to supplement trips on Routes 2 and 3.

Route 3T. Pimmit Hills

Proposal: In December, terminate at East Falls Church, rather than at Seven Corners as proposed in fall 2012 hearings.

Crystal City-Potomac Yard Shuttle

Proposal: In March, begin new shuttle service; extend 9S service; reroute 9A.

Route 15M. George Mason University-Tysons Corner

Proposal: In December, extend through George Mason to Burke Centre VRE station; reroute in vicinity of Vienna Metrorail station.

Routes 18E, F. Springfield

Proposal: In June, decrease frequency to improve on-time performance.

Routes 18P, S. Burke Centre

Proposal: In June, reroute via Burke Centre VRE station; reschedule as

needed.

Maryland

Target dates for changes are in June unless otherwise noted.

Route B30. Greenbelt-BWI

Proposal: Reroute to serve Arundel Mills; extend span of service; improve frequency.

Route NH1. National Harbor

Proposal: Reroute to serve King Street Metrorail station; eliminate service to Branch Avenue station. Prince George’s County service on TheBus 35 would include Southern Avenue Metrorail station.

Routes B21, 22; B24, 25; B27; B29, 31. Bowie-Crofton

Proposal: Eliminate service to Crofton Park and Ride; restructure some service into hub and spoke; increase some intervals between buses; decrease others.

Routes C2, C4. Greenbelt-Twinbrook

Proposal: Minor schedule and service adjustments, effective in December.

Routes C12,14/W15. Hillcrest Heights/Camp Springs-Indian Head Highway

Proposal: Restructure service. Time between buses would be five minutes more on all routes; W15 would be rerouted to Branch Avenue station, providing a new connection between Camp Springs and the station. Provide more efficient service with fewer buses.

Route R3. Greenbelt-Prince George’s Plaza

Proposal: Eliminate. Service would be provided by Prince George’s County TheBus.

Route 87, 88; 89, 89M. Laurel

Proposal: Restructure service.

Route K6/K9. New Hampshire Avenue

Proposal: Shorten some K6 trips at Northwest Park; extend K9 to White Oak.

Routes Y5, 7, 8, 9. Georgia Avenue-Maryland

Proposal: Schedule and service adjustments, effective in December.

Hearing schedule

All hearings are scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. Each session includes an open house at 6 p.m.

Monday: Oxon Hill Library, 6200 Oxon Hill Rd., Oxon Hill; Bailey’s Elementary School cafeteria, 6111 Knollwood Dr., Falls Church.

Tuesday: Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington; D.C. Department of Treasury, second-floor conference room, 1101 Fourth St. SW.

Wednesday: The Atrium at Treetops, 8181 Professional Pl. #200, Hyattsville.

Thursday: LaSalle Elementary School auditorium, 501 Riggs Rd. NE.

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