Fact Sheet: Metrobus Routes in ANC 3B Proposed For Service Changes

From draft WMATA FY2021 Budget offered for public comment.   February 8, 2020

D1 Glover Park-Franklin Square weekday one-way rush hour service PROPOSED FOR ELIMINATION

The D1 is very important for workers (as well as Hardy Middle School students) to get inbound to their destinations in the morning and outbound in the afternoon rush hour.

  • On the D1 and D2 combined, buses currently operate on that route every 5 minutes in morning rush hour v. every 9 minutes on the combined D2/G2 route WMATA has proposed to substitute for the D1 and D2.
  • The D1 provides major additions to the capacity of bus service on the Glover Park-Dupont Circle route in peak times, easing the pressure on the D2 services which are already crowded. Decreasing rush hour frequency as proposed from the current 5 minutes on the D1/D2 to proposed 9 minutes on combined D2/G2 route would be a serious reduction in capacity and quality of service.
  • D1 also gives commuters one-trip access to destinations beyond Dupont Circle, including Farragut Square, McPherson Square, and Franklin Square. WMATA estimates that without the D1, over 230 riders/day (60% of D1 riders) would have to make a transfer to reach their destinations.

D2 Glover Park-Dupont Circle daily all-day service PROPOSED TO BE COMBINED WITH G2 Georgetown-LeDroit Park/Howard University

The D2 is essential for residents in Glover Park, including students at Hardy as well as hundreds of students at Duke Ellington High School.

  • The D2 buses make a short round-trip between Dupont Circle and Glover Park, though congestion can make on-time performance difficult.
  • The proposed combined D2/G2 route would include a long extension to the route, running east from Dupont Circle along P Street to 4th Street NW and then north to Howard University. Many of those blocks have severe traffic congestion at most times of day, which would create even more problems for reliability and on-time performance of Metrobus service to Glover Park.
  • Ongoing utility work on 4th Street NW through the next two years would further reduce reliability as well as the chance to use higher capacity buses WMATA wanted to assign to the D2/G2.

30N Friendship Heights-Naylor Road and 30S Friendship Heights-Southern Avenue daily all-day service PROPOSED FOR ELIMINATION

The 30N and 30S are the only cross-city buses available for riders between upper Northwest/west of Rock Creek Park and areas east of the National Archives/south of the National Mall along Pennsylvania Avenue and across the Anacostia River.

  • The 30N and 30S buses provide essential transportation for many residents, including commuters to and from jobs near L’Enfant Plaza, Capitol Hill, Eastern Market and beyond, as well as employees at businesses in our area, shoppers, students, museum goers, tourists and visitors.
  • WMATA estimates that without the 30N and 30S, 1,000 riders each weekday would have to make a transfer downtown to complete their trip whereas now they can travel on only one bus directly from origin to destination.
  • Even with the proposed free transfers between Metrobus and Metrorail, the cost in money and time for using alternatives to the 30N and 30S could be a serious burden, particularly for low income riders. Making a transfer also adds to trip time and the risk of missed connections.(The full trip is already 90 minutes, when the bus is on schedule.)
  • Since the early 1970s the District has been committed to keeping up the 30-series Metrobus links between distant and disparate neighborhoods, not solely for mobility but for the links between people and communities. Eliminating the 30N and 30S represents not only a loss of a transit service but also a loss of social and economic and other connections.

 

37 Friendship Heights-Archives limited stop MetroExtra weekday rush hour service PROPOSED FOR ELIMINATION

The 37 offers the fastest Metrobus trip to downtown for area commuters.

  • The 37 cuts a full 15 minutes from the trip all the way to Archives (only 34 minutes compared to 49 minutes on the 30S or other Metrobus alternatives) during early morning rush hour.
  • The 37 takes some of the burden from other 30-series buses at peak times, so without the 37 the rest of the buses would be even more crowded than they already are.
  • WMATA estimates that 52% of current 37 riders (234 riders/day) would not be able to make the same trip on another Metrobus route. They would have to make a transfer or travel by a different mode.
  • The 37 is carrying about 450 riders per day, but that represents a continuing decline in ridership, down 13% in the past year. The average ridership is now between 18 and 24 passengers per bus, which is low for a full-size bus, especially in peak hour.
  • As a result of reduced ridership on the 37, its fare box recovery and overall productivity are well below WMATA averages and performance targets.
  • With just 5 more passengers per bus, the 37 could meet WMATA thresholds on important productivity measures. That means that if each rider, ANC, and community on the 37 route could create even a small increase in awareness of the service and ridership, the 37 would not be on the list for elimination.
  • WMATA has a commitment to offer MetroExtra service on all the major bus corridors in the District, and Wisconsin Avenue is one of the most heavily used corridors. On all other MetroExtra routes, WMATA is working on improving service in FY2021, while under the proposal the 37 route would not have any service. Without the 37, Wisconsin Avenue and all of Ward 3 would be without MetroExtra service.