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

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.

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