Thursday, October 9, 2008

Taking the Bus: H2/H3/H4

I'm starting a new series called "Taking the Bus," where I'll look at bus lines that go through Columbia Heights and where you can take them.

The first installment is the H2, H3 and H4. These lines are handy for me because they cut across the city east to west, ending at the the Van Ness (H2) and Tenleytown Metros (H3, H4), meaning you don't have to ride the Metro down to Gallery Place to get on the Red Line to get there. The lines are handy for trips to Whole Foods, Tenleytown, Fort Reno, and stuff like that.

Both lines go down Columbia Road westbound and Harvard Street eastbound through the neighborhood, then go on Porter and Quebec. To the east, they go past the Washington Hospital Center and end up at the Brookland Metro near Catholic University. It's a pretty handy bus route - check it out at Metro's site.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Don't forget the H1! Only a commuter line, but goes through Adams Morgan, Dupont, and down to Foggy Bottom. I take it to work every day.

Diomedes said...

i clicked comment to rep the H1 too! Its a really interesting line that is a great barometer to the make up of different neighborhoods.

Anonymous said...

I couldn't agree more about the H1 and its diversity of riders. It is also incredibly handy to have as one doesn't have to go through the insanity of switching lines at Gallery Place-Chinatown during rush hour.

Jason said...

H2 is the best bus eva!

Anonymous said...

Anyone ever been burned by the H line? Like showed up on time and waited 30 minutes for a bus? Why do buses arrive early and leave the station like that? Pisses me off.

Jill said...

I need to start checking out the H's. It makes getting to the upper North West so much easier!.

Anonymous said...

They also stink of body odor and homeless poo.

Adam said...

On weekends especially I've been burned by the H lines. On weekday mornings, though, when I worked on the hill, it oftentimes seemed faster to hop on the H2/4 to Cleveland Park and then red line in, rather than go Chinatown and transfer.

JT said...

My favorite thing about the H2,3,4 is when they are 20 minutes late in the morning and then 3 show up at the same time. Oh, H bus lines....

Phil Lepanto said...

The stop near Brookland is also very close to the Turkey Thicket recreation center, which is a much nicer facility than Marie Reed and is closer than Takoma Park.

b said...

The H lines are very convenient for getting to Sidwell Friends and the Cathedral.

You should cover the "42", though it orginates on Mt Plesant Street it is super easy to get to 18th & Columbia Road or Connecticut North of Dupont Circle.

Andrew said...

I plan to do more lines in the future, it's going to be a recurring series.

Anonymous said...

lol - I completely forgot about the Whole Foods in Tenleytown! Taking the H home from there rather than going to P St and having to stand on a crowded S bus with my groceries is definitely the more comfortable option -- thanks for the reminder :)

Anonymous said...

The H lines are always faster than a transfer to the Red when you are going just north or south of Cleveland Park. But, I usually avoid the H3/4 in the morning because the H.S. school kids are terrible to ride with (cursing, eating, drinking, spitting, fighting, yelling ... debauchery). The H2 avoids the school route through Mt. P, and is much quieter/less crowded in the morning. The only problem is I wish it came more often than the H4.

Anonymous said...

I like riding my bike. It takes me places the metro and bus don't and usually faster.

Anonymous said...

The H buses have sucked beyond belief in my experience. ALWAYS either early or late! And they do stink like body odor and homeless poo.