Two public hearings on a proposal to divert Metro-bus routes A1, A2, A6 and A8 to operate via M Street SE and South Capitol Street instead of their present routing via 11th Street SE, I Street, Virginia Avenue, 3rd Street and E Street have been scheduled by the Metro Board.

The Anacostia-Congress Heights line, made up of those routes in addition to Routes A4 and A4/, has operated on its present schedule through the residential neighborhood between 11th and M streets SE and South Capitol and Canal streets for many years.

Recently, residents whose homes are located along E Street SE between 3rd and Canal streets have complained of the high level of noise from buses running through their neighborhood.

The hearings will also cover a proposal to adopt experimental route W2 as a permanent route. That shuttle route is used to transport Southeast residents in the area bounded by Martin Luther King Avenue, St. Elizabeth's Hospital, I-295 and Portland Street to radial type service. Under the proposal, the time of operation would be reduced.

The hearings, which begin at 7:30 p.m., will be held Wednesday, March 19, at Van Ness Elementary School, 5th and M streets SE, and Thursday, March 20, at Mary Terrell Elementary School, Wheeler Road and Savannah Streets SE.

Persons who wish to testify at the hearings are asked to furnish, at least five days in advance, their name, address, telephone number and any organization affiliation to Delmer Ison, secretary-treasurer, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, 600 5th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001, or call 637-1092.