Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A Couple Quick Items: Reduced Bus Service, SW Dog Park Listserv Created

- WMATA has proposed to change the 70/71 Metrobus routes that currently terminate at Half & O Street in Buzzard Point to instead end at the National Archives at 7th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, which would eliminate service in Southwest starting this fall. The 70/71 buses would be replaced with a new 74 bus that will run from 5am to 8pm Monday-Friday.  No service will be provided in the evening or on weekends. To supplement the lack of service during these times, the V8 bus will be rerouted to the affected area.  In addition, Metro is considering increasing headways between Metro rail trains on the weekends from 12 to 18 minutes on Saturdays and from 15 to 20 minutes on Sundays. WMATA will have a special hearing on Wednesday, June 8 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm at Arena Stage to discuss these proposed changes.  The hearing is sponsored by Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells and ANC 6D.  News of reduced Metrobus service comes on the heels of a transit development plan that recommends Circulator service on the Convention Center - SW Waterfront route to be discontinued while The Wharf gets developed due to low ridership.

- For all you dog people out there, a new listserv has been created just for you!  Email swdogpark@gmail.com to join the new SW Listserv dedicated to establishing a permanent dog park in Southwest. The new group will be sponsoring joint dog walks weekly for exercise and community building.

6 comments:

rcmorgan said...

Am I understanding this correctly? Please correct me if I'm wrong. I take serious issue with metro's proposal to make "headways between Metro rail trains on the weekends from 12 to 18 minutes on Saturdays and from 15 to 20 minutes on Sundays." This is ridiculous. When I lived in upper northwest there was maybe a 5 to 6 minute wait for the train. It is sad when the neighborhood you live in dictates the quality of service you receive.

Matthew said...

As a person with a disability who has lived in southwest for the last year, I can tell you that one of the elevators at the waterfront station has been out of service 10-15% of the time, and now they're going to reduce bus service? WMATA has a shameful commitment to providing access to people with disabilities.

Caity Rose said...

this is absolutely ridiculous . reduced bus and rail service? the trains already run every 20 minutes for the most part after 9 pm. this pisses me off beyond words.

Caity Rose said...

to add, not to mention all the sporting events that take place on the weekends. will they still be every 20 minutes when there's a Nats game, cause it does not seem like that they take that into consideration in the first place. can you imagine all those tourists piling up waiting for a train only coming every 20 minutes. this is not the suburbs. wowwwww Metro just gets better and better *sarcasm*

SWill said...

rcmorgan: The proposed change in Metro rail headways would be system-wide, not just for stations in Southwest.

dihi said...

Why do you persist in quoting DDOT's lame excuse for discontinuing the Circulator..."recommends Circulator service on the Convention Center-SW Waterfront route to be discontinued while the Wharf gets developed due to low ridership"...when in reality the report showed it serviced over half a million people last year and had higher ridership that the Navy Yard line that is being kept. The study was also done before Arena Stage or the View Apartments were fully open.