DDOT NoMa Circulator Study Includes Potential Ward 1 Service

Thanks to those who made me aware of this, DDOT is currently looking a potential options to expand Circulator service to NoMa. Two of the options look like they could provide some additional service to Park View and Columbia Heights. I’ve included the maps and the announcement from DDOT below. You can also comment on the proposals here.

Noma circulator routes

From DDOT:

Last year, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) conducted the DC Circulator Transit Development Plan Update. During this study the NoMA, “North of Massachusetts Avenue,” area was identified as a top neighborhood for future DC Circulator service.

NoMa is one of the city’s fastest growing neighborhoods with more than 40,000 employees, 18,000 residents and more than 16 million square feet of new development planned for the near future.

Although NoMa is already served by Metrobus and Metrorail, participants in the study stated that long travel times and/or multiple transfers make it difficult to use current public transit options from NoMa to other popular destinations in the District.

NoMa is also the largest DC activity center not served by a DC Circulator route. Taking all these facts into consideration, DDOT is studying the potential of expanding the DC Circulator system to connect NoMa with neighborhoods that could be better served by transit. Before creating a new route, DDOT is seeking input from NoMa residents, workers and visitors to help determine a route that could best serve the greater community’s needs. DDOT is also researching the projected growth in NoMa that could influence where residents, employees and visitors would like to connect and enjoy access in the future.

DDOT created an online comment form to collect feedback on preferred potential NoMa Circulator routes. The comment form will present any NoMa resident, employer, employee and/or visitor with the opportunity to participate in focus-groups scheduled for December 2015. At each focus group, DDOT staff will present potential route options and ask attendees for their thoughts and opinions about the potential service.

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