Dozens of routes across the Washington region are affected by the changes, which includes the elimination of several routes, the introduction of new ones, and some adjustments to timetables.
The changes are part of Metro’s Better Bus initiative and are intended to make service more frequent, increase capacity and expand hours of operation. Metro officials say the adjustments are needed to meet the growing demand for bus service in the region.
In District, one of the biggest changes is on the Military Road-Crosstown Line where riders will see the routes restructured as follows:
- The E2 bus, which serves Friendship Heights, Fort Totten and Ivy City on weekdays and on weekends runs only between Friendship Heights and Fort Totten will become the Ivy City-Fort Totten Line, so it will no longer go to Friendship Heights.
- The E4, now serving Friendship Heights, Fort Totten and Riggs Park on weekdays only, will bypass Riggs Park but continue to provide a connection between Fort Totten and Friendship Heights stations.
- The E3, a weekend-only route that combines the service provided by the E2 and E4, will be eliminated. The new E2 and E4 service will operate seven days a week.
By shortening the routes, Metro hopes to provide better and more frequent service and improve on-time performance. Riders may also benefit from a simpler schedule.
Also in the District, riders will see significant bus service changes to the routes serving Minnesota Avenue Metro and surrounding neighborhoods in the District. These are some highlights of how the U and V Lines, in Southeast and Northeast, will change:
- Routes U4, U5, U6 and V5 will remain unchanged.
- Routes U2, V7, and V8 will be eliminated.
- Route U8 will be shorter and will operate between Benning Heights and the Minnesota Avenue Metro. It will no longer serve Capitol Heights.
- Two new routes, the V2 and V4, will provide service between Capitol Heights and Minnesota Avenue Metro stations. The V2 will serve stops currently served by the U2.
- New route U7 will operate between Deanwood and Minnesota Avenue Metro stations seven days a week.
- New route V1 (Benning Heights-M Street) will operate between Benning Heights and the Bureau of Engraving during weekday peak periods only.
The changes in the U and V lines are being added after a study of the popular bus line identified several problems with the current structure including traffic and crowding.
Bus schedules will be adjusted slightly to improve on-time performance on routes 94 (Stanton Road) and P6 (Anacostia-Eckington). The 96 (East Capitol Street-Cardozo) will be rerouted to Massachusetts Avenue NE between East Capitol Street and 1st Street NE to provide direct and faster service.
In Maryland, Metro is returning the NH1 route to the Southern Avenue Metro station. This bus line currently runs from National Harbor, in southern Prince George’s, to the Green Line terminus at Branch Avenue.
Many bus users at National Harbor had asked for the service to Southern Avenue and Metro says redirecting the NH1 from the Branch Avenue Metro station to the Southern Avenue Metro station will increase ridership and productivity.
In Laurel, Metro is adding a new southbound weekday trip to Route 87 (Laurel Express). The new trip will leave Main Street and U.S. 1 in Laurel at 9 a.m. and end at Cypress Street and Laurel Lakes Avenue at 9:17 a.m., boosting service to the Towne Centre at Laurel.
Metro will stop operating the W15 route that serves Camp Springs, and Indian Head Highway. The Prince George’s County transit system, TheBus, will run the same route as No. 37.
Bus schedules will be slightly adjusted to improve on-time performance on the following routes: 89 (Laurel); K6 (New Hampshire Avenue-Maryland); K11, K12, and K13 (Forestville); and 81, 82. 83, and 86 (College Park).
In Virginia, riders of the Landmark-Ballston Line, No. 25B, will see more frequent service. Buses between Ballston-MU Metro station and Southern Towers will increase to every 15 minutes during rush hour and every 30 minutes during off-peak periods and Saturdays.
The route will also provide Sunday service between the Ballston-MU Metro station and Southern Towers. Buses will run every hour from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Also in Virginia, the Barcroft-South Fairlington Line (22A, 22B, 22C, and 22F) will be restructured as follows:
- The No. 22A will be rerouted to serve Parkfairfax along Valley Drive and Gunston Road. The route will run every 30 minutes on weekdays, every 45 minutes on Saturday, and every hour on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- A new route, 22C, will operate every 20 minutes during peak hours along the same route as the 22A but it will bypass Parkfairfax.
- New route 22F will operate every 20 minutes during peak periods along the route of the former 25C.
Bus schedules will be slightly adjusted to improve on-time performance on the Chain Bridge Road routes 15K and 15L and and Lincolnia-North Fairlington routes 7A, 7F and 7Y.
Riders of the 11Y (Mount Vernon Express) Line will see new northbound and southbound bus stops at Washington & Pendleton Streets in Alexandria.
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