Monday, April 16, 2012

Meeting tonight on potential changes to the 14th Street buses


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If you ride the 14th Street buses, make sure you check this out tonight, there's an open house from 5:30 to 8 pm on the 14th Street bus lines. As you may recall, there was a survey a few months ago about the problems with the lines potential changes. 

WMATA posted the problems identified and the potential options: predictably, the problems were that the buses are crowded, there's bunching with no buses for awhile then 2 or 3 at once, and the trips are too slow. I calculated awhile ago that it takes about half an hour to go 2 miles from Columbia Heights to downtown, which equates to about 4 miles an hour.

Some of the options to help these include using articulated buses, the long ones that turn in the middle, like the ones that are used on Georgia Avenue, more supervision of the routes, and possibly adding an express bus, the 59, which would only make limited stops. There wasn't any mention of getting rid of stops unfortunately, which I think would help a lot. The buses generally stop about every block, which is crazy. There are places where the stops are only a few hundred feet from each other.

Here's the study's website for more info.
Just a reminder that there will be an “open house” public meeting this evening for the Metrobus 14th Street Line Study of routes 52, 53, and 54.

The meeting is open to everyone, and will be held at the Columbia Heights Community Center, 1480 Girard Street NW.

If you’re interested in seeing preliminary options for improvements to the Metrobus 14th Street Line, please drop by anytime between 5:30 pm and 8:00 pm tonight.  Project team members will be there to talk about the potential improvements, get your feedback, and answer your questions.

Thanks, and we hope to see you there!

The Metrobus 14th Street Line Project Team
Photo by Elvert Barnes

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

That pic is awesome.

ndostrac said...

I don't think getting rid of stops would help that much... it just would mean more people boarding at the remaining stops. they need to run those buses way more frequently and do something serious about bunching.

They also should stop accepting cash -- that's where it really slows down, where every other person pays in nickels.