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Travel and Transportation January 24, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Bus Commute Problems? MONDAY – meet Metro’s bus director

Come meet with Metro this Monday (28th) evening, 7:30pm @ the JCC (16th & Q)

Many  residents have been sharing their concerns about their morning commutes – especially on the 16th Street bus line – the line with the highest ridership in the District (see some of their comments BELOW).
Below Columbia Road, these S2/S4 buses are too often full and pass by without picking up passengers.  This is especially difficult on cold winter mornings, but it is a problem year-round.
Urban commutes are never going to be perfect, but this is a problem that many residents believe should be addressed.  See residents’ quotes below.
Jim Hamre, Director of Bus Planning for Metro, has agreed to meet with residents this Monday at 7:30pm at the Jewish Community Center (16th & Q) to discuss this problem and any other transit issues residents may have (14th street buses too).
Please join us – and again, please write me so I can be sure to update you on future events and issues.
Truly,
Kishan Putta
Commissioner
Dupont Circle ANC 2B04
Kishan.putta@dupontcircleanc.net
2b04@anc.dc.gov  
Excerpts of various emails we’ve received from residents:
“Just this week (Tues, Wed, and today, Thurs), it has taken me 45-50 minutes to get from 16th & V to 14th & I, and anywhere from 4 to 6 buses have passed the stop each morning because they are too crowded to accept any more passengers.  (Also, on Tuesday morning, 2 buses that had hardly anyone standing passed us by in the cold).  There are usually 15-20 people waiting at V St in the mornings.  Thanks again for the chance to provide input to Metro.” 
“The bus issue is particularly aggravating for me.  The bus stops immediately outside my building and drops me off a block from my office, but it’s completely unusable.  S2/S4 buses are often full and do not stop, but a second issue is that during morning rush hour, it seems like the majority of the buses go to McPherson Square, not Federal Triangle, which does me (and I’d suspect many other commuters) little to no good at all.”
“Apps like NextBus are useless because even if I track buses and time my walk to catch them, they are usually full and won’t stop.  I often get frustrated by all the buses that refuse to stop that I will just give up and take a cab.”
“Sometimes the buses are so full that they drop people off, but STILL refuse to take new passengers – it’s a really depressing/frustrating/stressful start to my day.”
“I would note that a big part of the problem is that many buses do, in fact, have room but the drivers do not ask people to move back so it looks like they’re full from up front (nothing is more frustrating than watching a half-empty bus speed by or refuse to open its doors).”

 

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