The DC Circulator (www.dccirculator.com), a bus service designed to connect the dots between some of the city's major business, entertainment and tourist destinations, is opening its Crayola-bright doors today.
The 29 buses, which display colorful route maps on their exteriors, make 52 stops along two crosstown paths -- hitting Union Station, the Convention Center, the Southwest waterfront, K Street and Georgetown in the process. For commuters, the city-owned and Metro-operated Circulator won't replace Metrobus anytime soon: Routes are less complicated, and the service's focus is on transporting visitors and locals alike to popular spots, not on aiding 9-to-5ers coming in and out of town.
Shuttles run in five- to 10-minute intervals, and this week, rides are free; starting July 18th, the cost is $1. If you're eager for better access to Georgetown nightlife and other evening hot spots, don't put on those dancing shoes quite yet. The buses, which begin their routes at 7 a.m. each morning, call it a day at 9 p.m. -- though District Department of Transportation Director Dan Tangherlini says that the schedule could change if there's enough demand from the city's night owls.