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.”
Photo by PoPville flickr user Eric P.
“The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will kick off a series of public events on the design phase of the 16th Street NW Bus Lanes Project. As part of the events, DDOT will provide a project overview, present roadway layouts, and gather feedback.
The 16th Street NW Bus Lanes Project is an effort to improve bus service and reliability in the 16th Street NW corridor. The corridor was identified as a transit priority in moveDC, the District’s multimodal transportation plan. In April 2016, DDOT released the 16th Street NW Transit Priority Planning Study, which proposed a set of recommendations to advance to the design phase. The recommendations included peak-hour, peak-direction bus lanes; bus service changes; bus stop improvements; and transit priority infrastructure. The project’s design phase will use recommendations from the 16th Street NW Transit Priority Planning Study to begin environmental documentation, and to develop preliminary engineering designs.
There are three opportunities to provide input on this phase of the project. All events will cover the same material and seek public feedback. (more…)
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Does anyone know what is going on with the S1 bus schedule? They rarely arrive as scheduled. Have they cut the service?”
Photo by PoPville flickr user wolfpackWX
From the Mayor’s Office:
“Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced funding for the much-anticipated MetroExtra Limited Stop bus route on the 14th Street corridor.
“As the District continues to grow, so must our public transportation options,” said Mayor Bowser. “Moreover, our Administration is committed to inclusive prosperity so that residents in every corner of the District benefit from our growth. The new Route 59 is part of our ongoing efforts to enhance service and give residents more options to get to work, school and beyond.”
The new 59 route will serve the area between the Takoma Metrorail station and the Federal Triangle Metrorail station. The limited-stop bus service will operate in addition to the existing 52, 53, and 54 bus services. The route will initially operate every 15 minutes during weekday rush hours. The estimated operating cost is approximately $1.2 million annually. If approved in the budget, the funds will be in place in October 2017, allowing the 59 to begin service when the next Metrobus service adjustments occur in December 2017. (more…)
A reader reports:
“Just wanted to share with you and fellow readers, from Kenyon McDuffie’s facebook page last night.
“The G9 is on schedule to begin service on Rhode Island Avenue in March 2017.
The G9 will run the entire east-west length of Ward 5 along Rhode Island Avenue and connect downtown on the same route the G8 takes.”
It looks like the new G9 route got approved and will start running in March 2017. Not sure of the exact route/stops, but this is great news for ward 5 residents as it will connect Rhode Island Ave to downtown via a direct bus route. Awesome for Woodridge/Langdon/Brookland residents!”
“Schedule adjustments, trip eliminations and changes to bus stops will be made on select Metrobus routes in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia beginning Sunday, December 18, 2016. In addition, some routes will be modified or will operate later on Friday and Saturday nights to provide customer connections due to the earlier closing time of the Metrorail system.
DC: 62, 63, 80, 82, 83, 90, 92, 94, D2, E2, H6, L1, L2, N2, N4, P6, U7, V1, W8, X1, X2, X9”
“Eastbound and westbound bus stops will be added on the H Street (Hopscotch) Bridge at the bus/taxi entrance to Union Station.”
See all the changes here.
Photo by PoPville flickr user nevermindtheend
An incident happened this morning around 7:30am while attempting to board a 70 bus. Below is the message I submitted to WMATA. I certainly understand that bus drivers have a schedule to keep and they need passengers to keep moving, but the reaction today seemed cruel when it meant leaving a family by the side of the road. On the other hand, it was rush hour, people have places to be, and being a bus driver is often a challenging/thankless job. What do others think? Should I have confronted the driver, or was he just doing his job?
“This morning WMATA employee, “Mr. B”, pulled over at the intersection of Farragut & Georgia Ave NW. Myself and a family of 5 were waiting. It took the family approximately 15 seconds to collect themselves (gather strollers, etc.). I was waiting to let them get on the bus when Mr. B shut the door in their faces. I ran up and knocked on the door and the bus did not stop.
I subsequently ran and chased the bus down at the next stop. I verbally confronted Mr. B who said “I stopped and no one moved”. This is false. We were all moving towards the doors, but it took the family a brief amount of time to collect their things. It was clear to everyone, including a crossing guard at the intersection (who also yelled at the bus as it drove by), that we wanted to get on. If nothing else, the driver should have realized this fact when I knocked loudly as he was about to pull away. (more…)
Wisconsin Avenue. Thanks to a reader for the heads up.
Thanks to Jake for sending around 6:45am:
“16th street southbound is currently closed due to a metro bus accident that looks like it involved another car and a tree. Tried to get a pic of it as I was stopped.”
Alert DC noted the accident was at 16th Street and Underwood Street NW.
And thanks to Justin for sending this shot:
YuYu reported around 9:15am. And Fray updates us with a little commentary: