HT to reader Dave: In today's issue of The Washington Post, there's an article about the Shuttle-Bug, which ceased operations at the end of June. Back in December of 2008, the Shuttle-Bug bus was conceived by the Southwest Action Team (SWAT) as a temporary service that allowed residents to safely get around the reconstruction of 4th Street at Waterfront Station, since access to the Metro and Safeway was blocked for residents north of I Street in November 2007. Now that 4th Street has reopened, the service is no longer needed. However, the Shuttle-Bug has become popular with seniors and low-income residents who want the Shuttle-Bug to be reinstated. From the article:
Beth Paulson, founder of the Southwest Action Team, a community organization that helped initiate the shuttle service, said her group has collected about 500 letters in support of resuming the Shuttle-Bug, including one from an assistant D.C. police chief.
The article states that city leaders doubt the service will resume, since there is no funding for the bus and the original intent of the Shuttle-Bug has been met. SWAT is now in the process of raising funds to resume service for a year until more funding can be obtained.