NYC Go Bus Wants Stop Near Eastern Market
By Larry Janezich
Wednesday night, Commissioner Kirsten Oldenburg’s ANC6B Transportation Committee heard Go Bus reps Michael Curreri and Matt Schapiro present the company’s DOT Public Space application for 24/7 use of 5 parking spaces, at 721 D Street, across from Hill’s Kitchen. Go Bus wants a stop here for their service to New York City.
The stop would be the final pickup point before getting on 295 for the four hour trip to the 30th Street and 9th Avenue stop in Manhattan, on a route that starts in Capitol Heights with stops in Alexandria and L’Enfant Plaza.
The Committee supports the concept, but has concerns about the narrowness of the street and the loss of parking for the small businesses there which rely on customer parking. After some discussion regarding possible alternative parking spaces, including spaces near 8th and Pennsylvania, Seward Square, Potomac Metro, and Stadium Armory Metro, the Committee voted 12 – 0 to embrace the concept but oppose the application as currently stated. Chair Kirsten Oldenburg spoke for the committee, saying she hoped to see a new version of the application come forth soon.
Go Bus seems committed to a stop near Eastern Market, and indicated they will file a new application with an alternate location as soon as possible. Once the needed parking spaces are agreed upon and a permit issued, service could start within 60 days. Currently a round trip ticket from L’Enfant to NYC is about $42.00. The stop would also be a discharge point for trips returning from NYC. Currently, on the busiest days, there are 3 trips departing from L’Enfant Plaza. Company reps say buses will stop for about ten minutes at the site.