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Yesterday City Desk reported on how the upper Wisconsin Avenue portion of the D.C. Circulator’s bus route was on the chopping block. The Department of Transportation has since confirmed: It will in fact be chopped.
According to DDOT spokesman John Lisle, this “difficult decision” stems from budget constraints: Although the upper leg carries 2 percent of the Georgetown Circulator’s riders, it is responsible for 15 percent of the overall cost.
After the service is discontinued, Lisle says, Georgetown residents should make use of Metrobus’ “enhanced and improved” 30 lines, which have “eliminated the need to layer additional Circulator service.” The DDOT is also looking into extending the 31 route downtown. The bus currently runs down Wisconsin Avenue but stops short at Foggy Bottom.
The Citizens Association of Georgetown is having a hard time seeing any “enhancement” about it; the group’s members have argued that eliminating the upper Wisconsin Circulator route will leave only two buses, the 32 and the 36—half the number available two years ago when the 34 and the Circulator were also running. CAG also says that the two schools now served by the route (Hardy Middle School and the British School) require a transportation link, and traffic will increase after the opening of the newly renovated Safeway supermarket at 1855 Wisconsin Ave. The market’s renovations include abolishing the “congested” parking lot, likely increasing the need for public transportation.
More potholes ahead…