Photo by PoPville flickr user Elvert Barnes
Is there a consensus on the most accurate app to track bus and metro arrivals? I’ve used different apps before but they all periodically seem to stop working. It would be great to have a good schedule so I’m not sitting forever or conversely walking to the stop as the bus whizzes by.”
The D6, 11th and C Street, NE
Thanks to Justin for sending just before 9am:
“Driver abandoned bus…He was already 10 minutes late, then we get to a stop light and he literally runs off the bus with no explanation and left it running. We’ve been here for about 10 minutes now and people are finally starting to bail. Definitely a first for me…
After about 15 minutes he finally came back, got on the bus, didn’t say a word, and kept on driving.”
From the Mayor’s Office:
“Today, Mayor Bowser took an inaugural ride on the highly anticipated MetroExtra 59 Express bus route along the 14th Street NW corridor. This new service, which will help speed travel between the Takoma Metrorail station and the Federal Triangle Metrorail station and reduce crowding on buses along 14th Street, is part of the Bowser Administration’s ongoing efforts to work with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) to enhance service on Priority Corridor Networks such as 14th Street and connect activity centers across wards.
“Safe and reliable public transportation makes it easier for residents to get to work, school, and beyond,” said Mayor Bowser. “The 14th Street corridor has seen substantial economic development and growth, making it one of the most heavily traveled corridors in the District. As the District continues to grow, we’re going to continue finding ways to make it easier for our residents to share in our prosperity.”
According to WMATA, more than 15,000 average daily riders use this corridor every day. (more…)
DDOT released the final 2017 Transit Development Plan and announced a public comment period and hearing on proposed major service changes. The major service changes involve reconfiguration of two routes and the addition of regular late-night service on Georgetown – Union Station. We are currently collecting feedback on these proposed changes and we’d love to hear from your audience. We are hosting a public hearing on January 4, 2018, and are collecting public comments through January, 19, 2018.”
Full press release after the jump. (more…)
I’m wondering if you can help shed some light on what’s going on with the X2 bus line. For the entire week, buses have been running about 45 minute delays during evening rush hour, and the tracking app has been completely inaccurate. The WMATA page indicates only that buses will be detouring around H St and 1st NW, although the X2 and X9 buses have already been doing this for over a month.
I understand the X2 is known as one of the worst lines in the city (demonstrated by the recent urine incident and violent threat to a driver), but it’s also one of the busiest routes. If a recent traffic pattern change is resulting in the delays, WMATA needs to find an alternative immediately and restore service to the normal timetable.”
Side note: From Metro Transit police yesterday:
“A suspect arrested overnight by Metro Transit Police detectives for assaulting an X2 Metrobus operator with a Sterno can yesterday also is being charged in connection with two more serious cases.
Aric Lewis Holmes, 19, of Southeast DC was arrested by MTPD detectives and Crime Suppression Team members shortly after 10:30 p.m. yesterday in the area of Minnesota Avenue Metrorail Station. Detectives also arrested his associate John Webb McPhaul, 21, of Northeast DC.”
The points made in it are very much true. Since I moved to the neighborhood and started taking the 63 to downtown the points made in the alert have become increasingly vexing.”
Ed. Note: The survey includes other bus routes as well:
Rough run for WMATA bus drivers continues with this odd assault.
“Metro Transit Police today arrested Allison Thomas, 24, of Northwest DC, for allegedly assaulting a Metrobus operator by spraying him with an orange beverage.
The incident began shortly after 5 p.m. aboard a W1-route Metrobus in the 4300 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Ave, SW.
At the bus stop, a female, later identified as Thomas, boarded the bus with two children and began walking toward the rear of the vehicle. The bus operator pulled away from the stop, and Thomas immediately confronted the operator demanding to know why he pulled off before she was in her seat. (more…)
“ATU Local 689, the union representing Metrobus Operators, is currently engaged in an unauthorized and potentially unlawful labor action that is significantly impacting riders on the X2 line. The stated goal by union leadership is to draw attention to safety concerns, specifically bus operator assaults, following an incident on Saturday. This is a subject on which Metro and the union agree: Absolutely no one should be assaulted simply for doing their job. However, we disagree with impacting Metro customers who are simply trying to get to work and school by Metrobus Operators refusing to provide bus service in a disruptive and unlawful job action.
Metro and the union also agree that laws need to be strengthened to help protect bus operators, including enhanced penalties for anyone who assaults a frontline transit worker. (more…)
Without fail, the H3 turns right from Columbia Road onto Harvard. Every time it does this, it barely makes it! It either clips the curb (shocking pedestrians who are waiting for the light) or if it forces traffic heading south on Harvard to back up. It’s so illogical! I’m attaching a few pics. Is there anything we can do about this?! Why does WMATA not see that this is simply dangerous & inefficient?”
Martha reports Sunday just after 2pm:
“Insane crash on western ave just off the circle – the telephone pole is cracked in two spots and being held up by a small crane. Tons of pepco trucks.”
At 9:19 this morning Alert DC reports:
“DDOT reports Western Ave at Chevy Chase Circle, NW is clear. All lanes are open.”
“Anyone know what happened? Taxi flipped at 14th and L NW around 11:30pm on Sunday. I was driving by and police hadn’t shown up yet. Seems the driver was still in the car. Hoping everyone is okay!! People were surrounding it trying to help.”