How Proposed April 1 Circulator Changes Will Affect the SE Capitol Hill Community
by Larry Janezich
Proposed changes to two of the Circulator Bus’s six routes will directly impact residents of Southeast Capitol Hill and Anacostia starting April 1. Some 30 residents endured frigid weather Thursday night to appear at a DDOT public hearing on Barracks Row called to hear public comment on the proposed changes.
Here is a summary of the changes:
The current Union Station – Eastern Market Metro – Ball Park route would change by scrapping the Eastern Market Metro to Union Station portion. Instead it would run from Eastern Market Metro, south on Barracks Row, west on M Street to the Wharf and then north to the Spy Museum, the Bible Museum, and L’Enfant Plaza. Saturday service would be permanent and additional new service would run Sunday 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM.
- The change eliminates the current service for Library of Congress and the Methodist Building which houses numerous non-profits. Loudest objections are coming from the 1,500 member Library of Congress Professional Guild Local 2910. Last September, the Guild adopted a resolution urging DDOT to continue providing the service.
- A unresolved turnaround problem for the bus at Eastern Market Metro, complicated by dangerous left turn at 8th and D Streets and objections from business owners on the 700 block of D Street, SE which would see parking eliminated on one side of the block.
The current Potomac Avenue Metro – Barracks Row – Anacostia Skyland route would change, eliminating Potomac Avenue to Barracks Row portion and the portion running to Skyland. Instead, it would run from downtown Anacostia in Congress Heights, north on MLK Jr. Avenue, north on Barracks Row, across Pennsylvania Avenue, north on 8th Street and then northwest on Massachusetts Avenue to Union Station. Additional new service would run Saturday and Sunday 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM.
- Elimination of service for residents of Skyland in Anacostia. ANC7B Commissioner Robin Martin implored DDOT officials to come to the Skyland community and speak to residents before moving forward.
- Consideration of an alternate route from Pennsylvania Avenue to Massachusetts Avenue.
In a matter not directly related to Circulator, Heather Foote – representing Capitol Hill Village – pleaded with officials to consider providing an indoor location in DC where residents can purchase Senior Discount Smart Cards. Since the location at Metro Center was eliminated, the only place in the District to buy a Senior Discount Card is the outdoor location at Metro sales office at 600 Fifth St, NW.
Time for public comment on the proposed changes has been extended from January 19 to February 5. For more information and to comment on-line, go here: http://www.dccirculator.com/service-changes-2018/