From the Mayor’s Office:
“Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced plans to install Car Free Lanes in high-traffic corridors that will support improved efficiency in bus travel and create space for bicyclists.
“We know that dedicated bus lanes make public transportation more efficient and reliable. As we continue reimagining public spaces, these lanes will help us encourage bus and bicycle travel, reduce traffic, and build a greener DC,” said Mayor Bowser.
The DC Car Free Lanes, which will be designated by red paint, will be installed at the following locations beginning in late July: Read More
Ed. Note: Covid-19 Mon-Fri Service
5:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Covid-19 Sat-Sun Service
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
“Metro today announced that 15 rail stations that had been closed as part of the transit agency’s Covid-19 response will reopen on Sunday, June 28. In addition, beginning Monday, June 29, buses will be added to the system’s 14 busiest bus lines to provide more capacity and more frequent service as the region reopens.
The following stations will reopen on Sunday, June 28. Read More
“The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced the start of bus lane construction on 14th Street NW between Euclid and Newton Streets NW, commencing a year-long project to improve bus performance and safety.
“We are excited to launch such important work in enhancing bus transit in the Columbia Heights corridor,” said District Director Jeff Marootian. “DDOT recognizes how essential this will be for area residents and it also exemplifies Mayor Bowser’s commitment to improving bus travel speeds and reliability across the District.”
Photo by Eric P.
“Metro is operating on regular Covid-19 service hours today, Wednesday, June 3. Service will operate as follows:
Metrorail is open until 9:00 p.m. Red Line trains will arrive every 15 minutes. Orange, Silver, Blue, Yellow and Green line trains operate every 20 minutes on each line. (At stations served by multiple lines, trains arrive every 7-10 minutes.)
Metrobus will continue until 11:00 p.m. on a Modified Sunday Schedule. Read More
Photo by Olaf Zerbock
“Metro General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld today accepted a recommendation of the transit authority’s Pandemic Task Force that face coverings or masks be required when traveling on Metro effective Monday, May 18. The move strengthens Metro’s position on the matter, which has “strongly recommended” the use of face coverings since early April, in accordance with CDC guidance. While the overwhelming majority of riders already comply voluntarily, the requirement is viewed as a necessary step as Metro plans for an eventual recovery with more riders using the system. Read More
Ed. Note: We’ve spoken about the Trucker convoy here.
“On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at 10:30AM a parade of buses and motor coaches will “roll” into the Nation’s Capital to highlight the essential role the industry plays in moving people, whether to school, work, events, or for travel. Approximately 700 buses are scheduled to come to the city and drive around the National Mall using three different routes. The rally is called “Motor Coaches Rolling for Awareness.” Read More
“Metro today released preliminary details of its covid-19 pandemic recovery plan, outlining a flexible blueprint for ramping up service, while protecting customers and employees, as the region prepares for recovery from the public health crisis. The recovery strategy will be discussed at Metro’s Board of Directors meeting on Thursday, May 14.
Metro’s plan is closely aligned with steps planned by local governments and employers, including the federal government. Its success depends on a sustained downward trajectory in infections and a gradual ramp-up in service and ridership. The phases of the plan coincide with the relaxing of stay-at-home policies, return to workplaces, and the widespread availability of testing, treatment and a vaccine, among other variables. Read More
Photo by PoPville flickr user Tim Brown
Thanks to ANC Rep Kishan Putta for sending the update:
Thank You! The bus cuts affecting our neighbors will be reversed!!!
Our many months of hard-fought advocacy have paid off. We heard from hundreds of you. I testified 5 times about it. Thank you for all the helpful input and emotional stories you sent to me and to Metro. We worked hard to ensure that Metro, the Council, and the Mayor all heard your voices – loudly!
D1, G2, 54, 59, 30-N/S, 16-C bus service will NOT be cut. Metro will vote Thursday on the new proposal after over 5,000 comments on just these routes.
Photo by PoPville flickr user Ted Eytan
“Due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, Metro will operate significantly reduced rail and bus service this weekend, maintaining a core network of 26 “lifeline” bus routes and providing twice-hourly rail service for our region’s essential travel needs. Essential travel includes medical providers and hospital staff, first responders, critical government functions, individuals involved in helping the community respond to COVID-19, grocery and pharmacy trips, among others.“
“While emphasizing that bus service is limited to essential trips only, Metro is taking additional action to enhance the safety of its frontline workforce by implementing rear-door boarding across the Metrobus system, effective Tuesday, March 24. Several other U.S. transit systems have already implemented rear-door boarding in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Starting tomorrow, all Metrobus riders are asked to enter and exit the bus using the rear door at all times, except anyone needing the ADA boarding ramp (e.g. people using wheelchairs), or anyone requesting the bus to “kneel” to facilitate their boarding. Read More