Metro schedules hearing on bus route changes

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WMATA photo by Larry Levine

Metro is evaluating service changes for several of its bus routes and will hold six public hearings between September 16 and 19. For each location, an open house period will begin at 6:00 p.m., and the formal public hearing will begin at 6:30 p.m. All service change proposals in the docket are eligible for comment at any of the six hearing locations.

By a 15-to-1 margin, the proposed changes will improve on-time performance and customer satisfaction, serve more riders, and improve operating efficiency, Metro said.  One rider for every 15 who benefits may be inconvenienced by a proposed change.

Metro is also encouraging riders to participate in an online survey about the proposed bus service changes. The survey is available in multiple languages through September 24 at wmata.com/buschangesurvey. The survey option is offered in addition to the public’s ability to speak at a hearing or to submit a written statement.  Survey results will be included in the public record.

Dates and locations are:

Monday, September 16
Oxon Hill Library
6200 Oxon Hill Road
Oxon Hill, MD

Monday, September 16
Bailey’s Elementary School Cafeteria
6111 Knollwood Drive
Falls Church, VA

Tuesday, September 17
Shirlington Library
4200 Campbell Avenue
Arlington, VA

Tuesday, September 17
DC Dept. of Treasury, 2nd Floor Conference Room
1101 4th Street SW
Washington, DC

Wednesday, September 18
The Atrium at Treetops
8181 Professional Place #200
Hyattsville, MD

Thursday, September 19
LaSalle Elementary School Auditorium
501 Riggs Road NE
Washington, DC

Documents related to this service change proposal (Docket #B13-02) can be found at:
http://www.wmata.com/community_outreach/B13-02_landing/B13-02_landing.cfm

Routes seeing improvements in this bus service change proposal are:
• District of Columbia: 31, 32, 36, 42, 96, 97, D6, E2,  E4, E6, H1, H3, H8, U2, V7, V8, V9, W1
• Maryland: 87,88, 89, 89M, B21, B22, B29, B30, B31, C2, C4, C12, C14, C28, K6, K9, NH1, W15, Y5, Y7, Y8, Y9
• Virginia: 1A, 1C, 1F, 2B, 2G, 7Y, 9E, 9X, 10A, 10B, 10E, 10X, 15M, 18E, 18F, 18P, 18S, 23A, 23T, 25B, 26A, 29K, 29N, CCPY

Routes proposed for reduction or elimination are:
• District of Columbia: 5A, 34, 74, 80, M2, M8, M9
• Maryland: R3
• Virginia: 3B, 3T, 4A, 4B, 4E, 4H, 5A, 13F, 13G, 25E, 29K, 29N

The proposed service changes do not increase operating costs.

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