Potential circulator route options for NoMa

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From DC Circulator:

“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.

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.

Click to view PDF of potential NoMa route options.

Community Events

DDOT will also host a series of community events held at various locations throughout the neighborhood. At community events, participants will have an opportunity to share their thoughts and route ideas.

These events are tentative and may be subject to change.

Event Location #1: First St & M St NE
Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Time: 12pm – 2pm

Event Location #2: Gallaudet University, Student Center, 800 Florida Ave NE
Date: Thursday, November 12, 2015
Time: 12pm – 2pm

Event Location #3: Union Market, 1309 5th St NE
Date: Sunday, November 15, 2015
Time: 11am – 1pm

Event Location #4: Sursum Corda, First St& L St NW
Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Time: 7:30am – 9:30am

Event Location #5: NoMa Metro Station, 200 Florida Ave NE
Date: Thursday, November 19, 2015
Time: 7am – 10am

If you are unable to attend these events, please complete our online comment form. If you are interested in receiving the latest updates about the project, sign up for our special mailing list to have information regarding this NoMa study delivered right to your inbox!”

26 Comment

  • Currently there’s no convenient access from NoMa to Columbia Heights, so I think a line that would link CH to NoMa would be best. Getting to downtown/Logan isn’t really an issue, I don’t think. If it were up to me, I’d vote for the N Cap route to CH.

    • Carry that into H street. You can’t get to H street via public transit without taking two buses, or bus and metro. There should be one straight option.

      • Completely agree about connecting to H st (though I’m not sure where exactly would make the most sense). Seems like if they run the circulator route down N Cap, that would save significant time over using Georgia/Sherman for N/S access, so perhaps that could allow for route extension to some part of H street? Think of all the folks who’d use this route to get to the forthcoming Whole Foods on H.

    • Same here.

    • I agree it should start at Columbia Heights, but I’d like to see one that hits the U Street Metro then heads down Florida Avenue—hitting Shaw, Bloomingdale, and Eckington, and then heading down towards North Capitol towards H Street.

      As is, the first CH-NoMa one just follows the Green until it intersects the Red, then heads east on the Red–just mirroring the Metro, which isn’t so useful. The second hits too many sparsely populated areas in the middle.

    • Yeah, you can basically get to Logan or U Street by taking one of the 90 buses. H Street to Columbia Heights would be the most useful route.

      • “Logan” the actual circle isn’t on the 90s and is a half mile or more away. Service should knit together Logan, NoMa and either H Street or Rhode Island Ave (there’s a gap in bus service between there and Logan the actual Circle. Actually combining all 4 areas might be a good idea.

    • For what it’s worth, running up Sherman would be much faster than 11th. And as much as the traffic is a pain right by the mall, having th bus connect directly to the metro would be really handy.

  • Awesome to see three of these serve the eastern end of H Street and west Benning Rd. It would be pretty amazing to have that connection to NOMA station and then onward to U Street.

  • Sign me up for the Columbia Heights-H Street train. Erm, bus.

    Anyway, I think connecting North Capitol above NY Ave to Columbia Heights would be huge, and connecting it to H Street only slightly less so. Having all three on one route would be great.

    Two questions I have, though, would be (1) how they’re going to turn left from southbound N. Capitol onto M without blocking tons of traffic coming up from the NY Ave underpass (no turns currently permitted there) and (2) why they chose a Kenyon-14th-Monroe alignment for Columbia Heights rather than a more direct Columbia-14th-Irving one that would better connect to Metro and other Circulator/Metrobus routes.

    • I am wondering the same thing in both of the potential CoHi routes. I’m guessing that the traffic there is already a mess and that it might cause problems adding in a new bus route?

  • Since H st itself is already well served by X2/X9 and the upcoming streetcar(LOLZ), I think this really needs to run up and down Florida Avenue, to Columbia Heights. Connecting CoHi to Starburst would be amazing.

  • I’d love the Washington Hospital Center route. It’s not that easy to get there, and with WHC, CNMC, VA, and NRH all there, that’s over 10,000 employees per day–not to mention patients and visitors! WHC and CNMC are two of the top 15 employers in DC. Parking is really restricted there; at the VA, even the doctors have to park elsewhere and take a shuttle in. There is a very controversial parking garage planned for Brookland to help employees get to work. This would be another way to ease the crush.

  • Most important question….do the churches approve?

  • YES! Connect Columbia Heights and NOMA/Eckington/Bloomingdale PLEASE!!

  • I also vote Columnia Heights – NoMa. I could get to work on one bus – that would be awesome!.

    This reminds me of another service extention I was hoping would go through: Does anyone know about the status of the extention of the Union Station-G’town bus extention up Wisconsin?

  • So, if you actually go to the Online Comment form, the options that you are presented with show two of the same picture with different descriptions, i.e. they accidentally posted the same picture twice and left one off. Way to go, DDOT!

  • Of all the options, the NoMa to CoHi via North Capitol seems like the best alternative. It should probably extend to the western end of the H Street corridor, but it’s a start. North Capitol has a ton of potential, but lacks decent bus connections to other areas (the 80 bus veers East at Michigan Ave toward Brookland).

  • agree with the majority here that columbia heights-noma via WHC would be SO great. i live right on north cap in upper bloomingdale and there is no good way to get to columbia heights (other than on my bike!) plus to get from where i am to noma metro NOT on the 80 bus would save so much time.

  • I am personally more of a fan of the first Columbia Heights option (but for selfish reasons), I think either would benefit the community. They should, however, rethink having the buses go down M Street in NoMa. With the new bike line, the street is extremely narrow and with the entrance to the parking garage and the many Ubers that service the residents of the Flats 130 building, there is bound to be gridlock. I think L Street would be a better option.

  • Personally I’d rather see a route that hits the Hechts Warehouse District, Union Market along with Noma. Hook more of the isolated destinations to quality transit…

    Maybe this should be the route:
    NoMA->Union Market->Hechts Warehouse District->Washington Hospital Center

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