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Metro approves more bus service for National Harbor

The Metro board of directors on Thursday approved a package of bus service adjustments that will take effect starting next month, part of an effort to address ridership growth, crowding and bus performance.

The changes include adding a new bus route at National Harbor to provide another transit option for the late-night and weekend workers in the southern Prince George’s County resort area.

The NH3, which will launch in December, comes after growing demand from workers in an area that has become an employment hub and a regional destination with entertainment, retail shops, restaurants and hotels. It is viewed as a step toward improving transit options in and around National Harbor, where transportation has been limited and the closest Metrorail station is about four miles away. The new bus line will provide a bus connection for people whose work shifts begin before Metrorail opens and end after 11 p.m.

Metro also is keeping the Metrobus 5A line, the D.C. to Dulles Airport service, which transit officials had proposed to end when the first phase of Metro’s Silver Line opens next year. The agency will make some adjustments to the Wisconsin Avenue-Pennsylvania Avenue service without bypassing downtown or changing travel patterns for customers in Southeast as originally proposed.

Metrobus officials say the improvements to take effect between December and September of next year, will improve the quality of service and on-time performance.