Over the past two months, the Dupont ANC has brought together a group of concerned residents and representatives from Metro and the District Department of Transportation to discuss options for improving bus service during the busy morning rush hour.
Service in the mornings is hard to predict and the several busses currently in operation are frequently full by the time they get to U Street. Residents south of U Street heading into downtown for work are often passed by jam packed busses and end up waiting 30 minutes or longer for a bus.
Metro and DDOT, to their credit, responded to complaints with a swiftness not often seen in government. They were flexible and accommodating and brought options to the community for feedback. The final agreement includes nine new trips that will operate on weekday mornings. From a Metro press release:
Because the buses will start service at Harvard Street NW, passengers at bus stops south of Mount Pleasant should find it easier to find room to board.
The additional nine trips will operate weekdays from 7:30 to 9:15 a.m. Currently, the lower portion of the 16th Street Line is served by 57 bus trips during this period, including limited-stop MetroExtra service on the S9. The additional nine trips will bring this total to 66.
Metro bus planners worked cooperatively with the Dupont Circle ANC to address the issue of crowded conditions on S-Line buses. The additional service is considered a "late add" to upcoming service changes and, as such, will not appear in printed timetables until June. Metro's online trip planner will reflect the additional trips.