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When the D.C. Circulator started in 2005, it was aimed at out-of-towners, requiring them to do nothing more than hop on, pay a flat single-dollar fee, and hop off. Lines ran around Georgetown, the National Mall, and other touristy areas. No one expected the red buses to become so popular with locals. But as the Circulator expanded, one place it didn’t go was across the Anacostia River. That changed this year, just as an outcry erupted over the end to a subsidy that had long reduced Metrobus fares east of the river. It was largely quieted by the allegedly unrelated announcement that the Circulator would begin traveling the Metrobus route that was losing its subsidy. Today, the Circulator touches both Anacostia and Skyland Town Center. It turns out tourists aren’t the only ones to whom simplicity appeals. Given the choice, even residents of bus-dependent neighborhoods prefer the Circulator’s clear routes, schedule, and price structure. No wonder several non-Circulator Metrobus routes this fall ditched their complicated schedules and instead promised a bus every 15 minutes. Even Metrobuses want to be Circulators.