Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Bus Depot Coming to L'Enfant Plaza

According to this article from the Examiner, DDOT will establish a depot for low-cost private bus companies such as BoltBus, DC2NY, and the Chinatown buses that currently pick up and drop off passengers at different spots around downtown DC to a site at L'Enfant Plaza. A soon-to-be launched 1-year pilot program will require buses to queue just south of the intersection of 10th Street & D Street, a covered area below L'Enfant Promenade. By locating these buses away from busy streets near Chinatown and Dupont Circle, DDOT hopes to eliminate a safety hazard and bring more organization to intercity bus service. L'Enfant Plaza is connected to four Metro lines (the Red Line doesn't go to L'Enfant) and is proximate to I-395 and I-295. The 5A Metrobus currently takes passengers from the L'Enfant Plaza Metro to Dulles International Airport. This pilot program may be a prelude to the inter modal facility that DDOT wants to create at L'Enfant Promenade and Banneker Overlook to better connect the National Mall to the Southwest Waterfront.

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