Bus service is now available to Hains Point in East Potomac Park, as part of a nationwide program to encourage the use of public transportation to reach national park areas.

A Metrobus route has been established to serve the park on an experimental basis through October 28. It operates between 10th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW and Hains Point, the farthermost point in East Potomac Park, which has facilities for swimming, golf, tennis, picnicking and is popular as a fishing, jogging and biking spot.

The buses marked HP2, operate daily every 30 minutes between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. The eight-mile round-trip leaves from a terminal stand on the east side of 10th Street NW, south of Pennsylvania Avenue. The route will be along Pennsylvania Avenue NW to 7th Street to D Street SW, and into the north roadway of the Southwest bus terminal. The bus continues along D Street to 12th Street, Independence Avenue, 15th Street and Maine Avenue to Hains Point. It carries passengers the full length of Hains Point before making the return trip.

"We hope that this service will make the recreational benefits of Hains Point available to all District residents, especially residents of the Anacostia and far Northeast areas which rely on public transportation," said D.C. Transportation Director Douglas N. Schneider Jr.

The fare is 50 cents during rush hour and 40 cents at all other times.