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DDOT NoMa Circulator Study Includes Potential Ward 1 Service

November 4, 2015

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.

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

DDOT DC Circulator Meeting Tomorrow at Frank D Reeves Municipal Center

April 28, 2014

65The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is in the midst of holding six Pop-Up Meetings to solicit feedback from current and future riders on the DC Circulator bus system. Residents who would like to see changes or new routes to the Circulator system should consider attending one of the remaining Pop-Up Meetings to provide feedback on the current system as well as future routes and extensions. The feedback from the meetings will be incorporated into the 2014 DC Circulator Transit Development Plan Update.

Back in February, when readers of this blog were asked if they would like to see an expansion of Circulator service to include the lower Georgia Avenue corridor, there was an overwhelming response in support of such an expansion. Due to this, I introduced a resolution in support of expanding the Circulator to serve the Georgia Avenue corridor at the March 2014 meeting of ANC 1A. This resolution passed unanimously. The DDOT Pop-Up Meetings on the Circulator system would be an excellent occasion to continue community advocacy to serve the corridor.

According to the DDOT announcement on the Pop-Up Meetings, a survey to gather feedback opened on April 22 on the DC Circulator website at and is a another way to express support for service to Georgia Avenue/Petworth. Each participant is entered to win a $50 SmarTrip card with a winner randomly selected after the survey closes on May 9, 2014.

Below are the dates, times and locations of the remaining meetings where residents can stop by the DC Circulator table to provide feedback. The same information is available at all meetings.

  • Tuesday, April 29, 2014 — 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
    Frank D Reeves Municipal Center
    2000 14th Street NW
  • Thursday, May 1, 2014 — 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
    Anacostia Metro Station
    1101 Howard Road SE
  • Saturday, May 3, 2014 — 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    M Street & Wisconsin Ave NW

Getting to the Meetings

Be sure to check out to learn about transportation options for getting to the workshops.

Can’t Make a Meeting?

For those unable to attend a Pop-Up Meeting or who wish to submit comments at a later date please forward comments to Circe Torruellas at or call 202-671-2847. You may also submit comments by clicking on the contact us link located on the DC Circulator website at

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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