On Thursday, the Metro board is scheduled to take up a staff request to schedule hearings across the D.C. region on proposed changes to dozens of bus routes. If the board approves, the hearings could be scheduled for the week of Oct. 10. Then the board would have to decide whether to accept or modify the proposals. Service changes would take effect by the middle of 2012.

While the proposals affect no more than 1 percent of Metrobus service, riders tend to take these things very personally. Some hearings on bus route changes are likely to draw crowds that equal or exceed those at hearings on fare increases.

In recent years, passions have run particularly high when the transit authority combined hearings on bus service changes and budget balancing. So in this case, Metro General Manager Richard Sarles said, he wants to separate the money and service issues.

“When we tie service considerations into the overall budget, sometimes the service considerations get lost,” he told board members on Sept. 8.

The package of changes would not have a significant effect on the budget. They both add and subtract service. Some proposals would increase the number of trips on crowded lines or extend routes to meet increased demand. Others would cut routes or eliminate some trips where the demand falls below Metro’s standards. On some lines where riders find service erratic, the schedule would simply be adjusted to account for the realities of traffic congestion.

In looking over the list of proposed changes, you’ll see what’s proposed for each route, how popular those routes are and how frequently the buses meet their schedules.


C8 (College Park-White Flint): Divert into the U.S. Food and Drug Administration campus at White Oak and into Archives II during weekday business hours; average weekday ridership: 2,329; average Saturday ridership: 1,431; on-time performance: 70 percent.

D12, 13, 14 (Oxon Hill-Suitland): Provide additional running time, add four weekday trips, two Saturday morning trips and two Sunday morning trips; average weekday ridership: 4,390; average Saturday ridership: 2,932; average Sunday ridership: 1,725; on-time performance: 77 percent.

F4, 6 (New Carrollton-Silver Spring): Provide additional running time and increase capacity on weekdays, break into separate lines, reroute F6 to Fort Totten Metro station for former R3 riders; average weekday ridership: 7,728; average Saturday ridership: 4,220; average Sunday ridership: 2,724; on-time performance: 76 percent.

R1, 2, 5 (Riggs Road): Reroute R2 via 23rd Avenue for former R3 riders, eliminate R5 route designation; average weekday ridership: 3,793; average Saturday ridership: 1,128; average Sunday ridership: 893; on-time performance: 74 percent.

C4, J2, Q4, Y7, Y9 (various locations): Eliminate late-night trips with low ridership.

C22, 26 (Central Avenue): Eliminate two late trips; average weekday ridership: 2,747; average Saturday ridership: 1,162; average Sunday ridership: 665; on-time performance: 76 percent.

R3 (Greenbelt-Fort Totten): Eliminate the line as part of Hyattsville area service restructuring; average weekday ridership: 1,315; average Saturday ridership: 756; average Sunday ridership: 308; on-time performance: 66 percent.

89 (Laurel): Shorten peak-period headways between buses from 40 minutes to 30 minutes; average weekday ridership: 850; on-time performance: 86 percent.

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42, 43 (Mount Pleasant): Convert 17 morning trips with the 42 designation to 43s, widen midday headway from 10 to 11 or 12 minutes; average weekday ridership: 7,811; average Saturday ridership: 4,394; average Sunday ridership: 3,183; on-time performance: 68 percent.

B2 (Bladensburg Road-Anacostia): Running time adjustments for better schedule reliability; Average weekday ridership: 6,802; average Saturday ridership: 4,181; average Sunday ridership: 2,634; on-time performance: 76 percent.

D1 (Glover Park-Federal Triangle): Widen morning peak headways from eight to 10 minutes; average weekday ridership: 517; on-time performance: 74 percent.

D6 (Sibley Hospital-Stadium-Armory): Improve morning peak headway from 10 to eight minutes; on-time performance: 74 percent.

G8 (Rhode Island Avenue): Running time adjustments; average weekday ridership: 3,845; average Saturday ridership: 1,695; average Sunday ridership: 1,215; on-time performance: 77 percent.

L1, 2, 4 (Connecticut Avenue): Eliminate L4, reroute L1 via Virginia Avenue NW between C and 23rd streets NW, reroute L2 to Columbia Road instead of 18th Street NW and to Dupont Circle underpass to Connecticut Avenue and Farragut Square, increase running times; average weekday ridership: 4,220; average Saturday ridership: 2,205; average Sunday ridership: 1,497; on-time performance: 57 percent.

N6 (Massachusetts Avenue): Widen headway from 24 to 30 minutes Saturdays; weekday ridership: 3,919; average Saturday ridership: 1,306; average Sunday ridership: 961; on-time performance: 69 percent.

U2 (Minnesota Avenue-Anacostia): Add weekend service at 30-minute headways over a 16-hour span; average weekday ridership: 2,230; on-time performance: 75 percent.

62, 64, A4, B2, G2 (various locations): Eliminate low ridership trips late Friday and Saturday nights.

M8, 9 (Congress Heights shuttle): Extend route to shopping center at Stanton Road and Alabama Avenue; average weekday ridership: 863; on-time performance 92 percent.

P1, 2, 6 (Anacostia-Eckington): Eliminate the P1 and P2. Reroute the P6 via M Street SE/SW and Fourth Street SW, increase P6 running times, after midnight on Friday and Saturday eliminate P6 service between Rhode Island Avenue and Archives; average daily ridership: 3,457; average Saturday ridership: 1,656; average Sunday ridership: 991; on-time performance: 64 percent.

U5, 6 (Mayfair-Marshall Heights): Adjust running times; average weekday ridership: 3,192; average Saturday ridership: 1,627; average Sunday ridership: 1,356; on-time performance: 74 percent.

D2, D8, H8, P6, U4, U5, W2, W6, W8 (various locations): Eliminate low ridership trips late Friday and Saturday nights.


1F (Wilson Boulevard): Eliminate late-night service Fridays; average weekday ridership: 3,878; average Saturday ridership: 2,219; average Sunday ridership: 1,307; on-time performance: 81 percent.

3T (Pimmit Hills): Eliminate Saturday service, cut back weekday service between Tysons-Westpark and Tysons Corner; average weekday ridership: 852; average Saturday ridership: 318; on-time performance: 83 percent.

23A, C (McLean-Crystal City): Add running time to improve schedule reliability; average weekday ridership: 1,303; average Saturday ridership: 386; average Sunday ridership: 353; on-time performance: 86 percent.

28A, X (Leesburg Pike): Add morning eastbound and afternoon westbound service on the 28X and extend it to Mark Center at the current 30-minute headway; average weekday ridership: 5,488; average Saturday ridership: 4,290; average Sunday ridership: 3,392; on-time performance: 82 percent.