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After a major freak-out last year when WMATA cut 67 bus stops from four lines, the agency seems to have learned a lesson. Instead of simply announcing the stops it will be cutting, WMATA is hosting a series of community meetings to talk it out.
So which stops does the agency want to cut? It hasn’t nailed any down yet, Dan Stessel tells us. “The start of the process will be the public meetings, where that conversation will begin—and we’ll gauge public feedback before advancing any proposal to consolidate stops.”
Take heed, though, ye riders of the 90s and 70s bus lines: Stessel says that those routes are going to be under consideration!
What are the upsides of cutting stops? “Basically, if your bus stops at every corner, it means that your trip takes longer and the bus has a greater chance of getting off schedule,” Stessel says. Still, the Examiner notes that it doesn’t really matter if the least-used stops are left as-is, since drivers don’t stop when there’s no one waiting. Stessel also adds that over time, it’s more fuel-efficient to stop less.
If you’re interested in having a say, there will be three meetings:
- 7 p.m., May 8: Matthews Memorial Baptist Church, 2616 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE
- 7 p.m., May 10: Mount Airy Baptist Church, 1100 North Capitol St. NW
- 7 p.m., May 17: Trinity Episcopal Church, 7005 Piney Branch Road NW