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Limited-stop 59 Bus Service on 14th Street is Now

January 8, 2018

This morning, shortly after 8 a.m., Mayor Bowser kicked off the start of the 59 bus on 14th Street. Limited-service express bus-like service has long been a goal of the community and the local Advisory Neighborhood Commissions along the route.

The new MetroExtra limited-stop service will operate along 14th Street NW between the Takoma and Federal Triangle Metrorail stations. The weekday only service will run every 15 minutes during rush hours, 6:30-9:30 a.m. and 3:45-7:00 p.m. Buses will serve 16 stops along the route providing connections to Metrorail and business, educational and shopping destinations.

This morning’s kick off began with remarks by Mayor Bowser, followed by Councilmembers Todd and Nadeau, and lastly DDOT Director Jeff Marootian. Following the remarks, those assembled were able to ride the first 59 bus with Mayor Bowser, getting on at 14th and Buchanan as far as 14th and U Street, NW.

(Mayor Bowser riding on the 59 bus.)

The map below shows where the 59 bus stops are located along the route:

Mayor Bowser Announces Plan to Improve Transit Service Along 14th Street

March 30, 2017

(Mayor Muriel Bowser at La Cabana restaurant in Columbia Heights. ANC Commissioners Kent Boese (1A08), Dotti Love Wade (1A11), Zach Teutsch (4C05), and Stacey Lincoln (4A02) were among those in attendance.)

Yesterday, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced her support for express bus service on 14th Street, stating that she included funding for the 59 in her upcoming budget.  The event was held at La Cabana restaurant on 14th Street just south of Spring Rd, and was attended by neighbors, Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners, and government officials. While the Mayor’s announcement stated that funding for the 59 bus was in her budget, it still needs to survive the D.C. Council’s budget oversight hearings — though the Council appears to be very supportive. Presuming the funding survives intact, the 59 could be operational by December 2017.

Following the announcement, Mayor Bowser took a few questions from those in attendance. I took the opportunity to ask the Mayor for a commitment to review traffic on 14th Street from Monroe (north) to Irving (south), stating that the road infrastructure created a bottle-neck at DC USA which not only prevents drivers from moving efficiently through Columbia Heights but would also prevent the 59 bus from achieving its full potential as a faster alternative to downtown. The Mayor appeared to respond positively to the request and several of the ANC Commissioners in the room voiced support for the request and the need to find a solution to the bottle-neck.

The full announcement from the Mayor can be found after the jump >>

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DDOT/WMATA Propose Change in Bus Stop Location

September 13, 2016

At the May 11, 2016, meeting of ANC1A, I introduced a resolution requesting that both DDOT and WMATA seek a new location for the northbound bus stop currently located on the east side of Georgia Avenue between Otis Place and Princeton Place. The request was based on the negative impact the noise and exhaust fumes are having on the outdoor spaces of Fish in the ‘Hood and EatsPlace.  In response to those concerns WMATA and DDOT agreed to propose relocation of the northbound bus stop on Georgia Ave. at Otis Place to the near side of Quebec Place. What do people think? Is this a good alternative location?

The image below shows the location of the current bus stop.bus-stop-1

The image below shows the proposed new location of the bus stop.bus-stop-2

Metrobus Route Alignment Proposed for 11th Street

September 17, 2015

WMATA will be at the October 14th ANC 1A meeting to discuss a consolidated alignment for Metrobus routes 63 and 64 along 11th Street NW. The map below shows how the proposed alignment would impact the routes on Sherman Avenue and 11th Street. The alignment was a recommendation that came out of the 60s Line Study conducted jointly by WMATA and DDOT.

11th Street Route alignment

DC Circulator 10 Year Plan Includes Crosstown Route Through Park View

December 11, 2014

H/T to New Columbia Heights for alerting me to this.

In reviewing the DC Circulator 10 year development plan, I was happy to see that it includes a Tenleytown to Brookland route in its Phase II (2016-2018). The proposed route would connect several key activity centers currently disconnected from the Metrorail network and also provide the east/west route that I know is desperately needed for our area.  The route, according to the map below, would traverse Adams Morgan, Columbia Heights, connect with the Georgia Avenue Metro, and then travel through the Washington Hospitals Center.

Below is the information sheet for the relevant route from the full 10 year plan.

Tenleytown to Brookland

Would You Like to See the DC Circulator in the Neighborhood (& If So, Where)?

February 26, 2014

Yesterday, a member of the community brought to my attention an interesting post on Greater Greater Washington where the Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs) for Foggy Bottom and Dupont Circle have voted to ask the National Park Service and the city to consider a DC Circulator route from the Lincoln Memorial, through Dupont Circle, to U Street. I know that often when engaging the Georgia Avenue community on transit options, the Circulator comes up in the form of a question, such as: “Why don’t we have the Circulator over here?” It was suggested to me that maybe a route connecting Dupont Circle and the Georgia Avenue Metro would be a good idea. So, let’s see how that could work. Below is a map of the current Circulator routes.

Circulator map

I would think that a new route, to be viable, would need to enhance the transit options that are already here AND improve service. Currently, there is no way to get from the Georgia Avenue Metro to Dupont Circle (or even Faragut North) that does not include at least one transfer and some backtracking. This suggests that a Circulator route might enhance existing service. It would definitely cut down on travel time. But, what would it look like? Below is an attempt to map out a possible route, which due to one way streets and sharp corners, seemed to make sense to include Upshur as part of the route.

Possible Dupont Petworth route 2

So the questions to the community become:

  1. Would you like to see a Circulator route in the neighborhood?;
  2. Do you like the proposed route above, or do you have a different route you’d like to see?; and,
  3. What would you like Circulator to connect you to?

If there is overwhelming support for the Circulator in our area and a particular route, I’d be happy to introduce this at the ANC for support.


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