Here's your chance to hear what's happening with the 14th Street bus lines. A few months ago, WMATA began a study of the 14th Street bus lines (52, 53, 54) including a survey and some public meetings in order to identify what problems there are and what solutions may be. On the 21st, there will be a final meeting to explain proposed solutions and get people's feedback.
WMATA posted the problems identified and the potential options from a previous community meeting: 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.
Here's their website with more info on the 14th Street study.
Dear Metrobus 14th Street Line riders and community,
WMATA and the District Department of Transportation are holding the final public meeting for the 14th Street Line study:
Thursday, June 21, 2012WMATA Northern Division Community Room4627 14th Street NW (at Decatur St)
Anytime between 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm
As you probably know, Metro and DDOT have been working over the last six months to develop improvements to service and reliability for Metrobus routes 52, 53, and 54. The purpose of this meeting is to show participants a set of preliminary recommendations, and get your feedback on them.
Everyone is invited, and no advance registration is required. Please spread the word to your neighbors and co-workers!
The format of the meeting is “open house”, meaning you can come by any time between 5:30 and 7:30 pm to learn about the improvements – project staff will be on hand to field your questions and listen to your comments.
The meeting room entrance is immediately next to the bus stop at 14th & Decatur NW. The facility is handicap-accessible. A Spanish-speaking member of the project team will be present, for participants who prefer to speak Spanish. Sandwiches and soft drinks will be served.
You can find out more about this and other WMATA bus projects at http://www.metrobus-studies.
com/ . Or, please contact me directly if you have specific questions or requests related to this public meeting.
Thanks, and we hope to see you there!
Patrick A. GoughAECOMMetrobus Studies Team