Archive for October 12, 2020

Reduced Metrobus Service Levels and Hours on Table as WMATA Addresses COVID-19 Budget Impacts

October 12, 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has cost Metro hundreds of millions of dollars, and six months after the pandemic began, ridership remains extremely low. According to WMATA, the combined ridership on Metrorail and Metrobus in September 2020 was down nearly 80% from pre-pandemic levels. To address this WMATA has implemented systemwide reductions in service levels and hours. Go to the WMATA Website for details.

Budget impact notice posted at a bus stop on Rock Creek Church Road

To get public feedback related to service reductions, WMATA has scheduled a public hearing for Tuesday, October 13th and is accepting writing feedback by 9 a.m. Monday, October 19, 2020. You can take a survey and provide written feedback here, and click here to learn about ways to participate in the public hearing.

While many of the changes have a limited impact on Park View residents, that can’t be said for the crosstown bus service.

The H2, H4, and H8 lines all have reduced weekday service adjustments, and the H8 also has reduced Saturday service. While these bus routes typically do not have the same high volume of ridership as the north-south routes on Georgia Avenue, 14th Street, and 16th Street, the crosstown travel has long been a challenge for many and those who rely on these routes really don’t have good alternatives to them.

The H8 connections Mt. Pleasant, Brookland and Rhode Island Avenue, and perhaps more critically the H2 & H4 routes connect Metrorail riders and various communities with the Washington Hospital Center. Below is a general map showing the H2, H4, & H8 routes.

H2, H4, & H8 bus routes where service was reduced due to COVID-19 impacts.

You can also watch the 9 min. video below in addition to checking out the WMATA Website.

Improvements Coming to Wangari Gardens — Which Options do You Like?

October 12, 2020

Wangari Gardens recently received two small grants to make improvements to the site and they are seeking community feedback on the future design of the gardens. You can see the four proposed designs here.

The gardeners have created a brief questionnaire and are seeking community input to ensure that changes to Wangari don’t just improve the gardens, but also serve the greater community.

Take the survey here! The survey will close on October 31, 2020.

One of the four designs created by UMD Students for Wangari Gardens

Wangari Gardens is cared for entirely by residents. This past Spring they hosted a design workshop and online survey, with the support of landscape architecture students from the University of Maryland. Wangari received a dozen visualizations of those ideas and have selected four designs to serve as examples to present to all of the gardeners, neighbors, and the wider community for input.

The survey will ask you about your reactions to the four student designs. Based on the responses Wangari will prepare a formal open space plan for the site with funding from a Pepco Sustainable Communities grant and the help of a local professional.


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