Meeting Thursday to address “concerns about the 92 Bus going down 13th Street”

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A reader requests:

“a notice about the the ANC Transportation Committee Meeting which is going to be on Thursday, September 24, 7pm, Thurgood Marshall Center (1816 12th Street NW)–

Representatives from WMATA/Metro will be there to address concerns about the 92 Bus going down 13th Street (between Florida and U Street) in order to restart its route at the U Street Metro. Many 13th Street residents have complained about the noise and vibrations from the bus travel (which has already damaged some homes) and the ANC is working with Metro to come up with route alternatives. Please come to the meeting to discuss/raise concerns with the ANC and Metro.”

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  • “Many 13th Street residents have complained about the noise and vibrations from the bus travel (which has already damaged some homes)”

    Umm, what? Damaged some homes? Short of the bus transforming into a soviet tank a or careening into your front yard, I’m not entirely sure how a 92 bus driving by can damage your house.

    • I had that same thought. Buses drive by my house on a residential street fairly often and my house is just fine. I wish people would stop with the over the top hysterical statements in these types of letters and just state the facts and what they want. It is so hard to take people seriously when they’re clearly exaggerating to the point of fabrication.

    • 13th Street has been carrying heavy vehicles of all sorts in this area for decades. The high school, the old Children’s Hospital, etc. , not to mention truck traffic avoiding other thoroughfares. I would imagine there have been bus routes on this stretch of 13th on and off for decades. there may have been a streetcar at one time.

    • Yeah, hard to not laugh at that. Unless of course, there’s something special about 13th St that makes those houses susceptible to bus vibrations…
      I imagined the bus transforming into Optimus Prime, but I guess a Soviet tank works too.

  • I would love to know more about the damage to houses too. I imagine many (if not most?) DC houses have bus routes on their streets and the idea of buses damaging houses is pretty ridiculous.

    • Blithe

      It might depend on how close the houses are to the street, and how old and/or how sturdy the houses are. I have lived in a house on a bus route, and you could sometimes feel vibrations when the buses turned the corner. It’s not a huge jump to attribute the hairline cracks in the plaster to the vibrations from the buses — which stopped being a source of concern when the bus route changed.

      • I’m admittedly not a structural engineer, but until someone who knows better tells me differently, I maintain that it is a huge, quantum leap to attribute hairline cracks in 100 year-old row houses to bus vibrations.

        • Blithe

          dcd, I’m not sure quite what you mean by “someone who knows better” — so I’ll just go with the probability that there are many factors that might be associated in hairline cracks in a corner row house that was built near the turn of the last century. FWIW, there was a streetcar line there prior to the bus line, that, reportedly, caused fewer problems than the buses.

    • SouthwestDC

      My house is directly in front of a 90/92 bus stop and it’s still standing.

  • saf

    You know, there used to be a regular bus (P7, later renumbered 67) that ran on 13th Street.

  • I live off 13th St just north of Florida and I think I know what the complaint is about.

    13th between Clifton and Florida features a steep hill with some gnarly potholes. Whenever a heavy vehicle such as a bus careens down those blocks (which happens frequently) it shakes the foundation of my house, which is a few houses west of 13th.

    I can’t comment on the effect of these jolts on the on the house. Admittedly, I’m a renter so not as concerned so long as my deck doesn’t fall off or the house doesn’t slide down the hill.

  • Actually I used to live in a new row house on the corner of 13th and Belmont, and it would physically shake each time a truck drove by and wake me up in the middle of the night. It was the most insane thing ever! We moved out of there pretty quickly, partially because of how poorly the new construction was isolated from noise and shaking.

    • Moving (and/or potentially discussing with your landlord, assuming you were renting, and/or reporting it to DCRA) was a far more mature course of action than trying to band your neighbors together to push the bus to some other neighborhood (or, worse, hurt commuters by eliminating it entirely). Good work.

  • tonyr

    Is it a coincidence that this is just around the corner from the Wallach Place folk. There must be something in the water locally that makes people desperate to find something to complain about. Also why “Soviet” tanks – are other tanks noted for their dainty-ness?

  • I can’t point to any specific damage, but until they repaved my block last month, my house (and the rest of my row) would shake fairly strongly every time a bus or truck rolled past. I can’t imagine that several dozens string shakes a day is good for 100 year old mortar and plaster.

  • pretty typical complaint in DC. “not only do you want to burden me with large vehicles, you want to destroy the very foundation of my home..”

    crazy lady in my NE hood was all indignant claiming that large trucks cause her mother’s vase to fall from a shelf lol

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