Road crews are set to begin painting four blocks of bus lanes near Howard University a bright red color tonight.
Workers will apply a “red high friction surface treatment” to the new dedicated bus lanes on Georgia Ave. between Barry Pl. and Florida Ave. NW from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night until Saturday, according to the District Department of Transportation (DDOT).
The right lane on both the northbound and southbound sides of Georgia Ave. NW will be closed while workers apply the red treatment, DDOT said.
Painting the stretch of Georgia Ave. NW is the last major activity of the road’s Dedicated Bus Lanes and Streetscape Project.
The new lanes allow buses of all types, taxis with passengers, emergency vehicles, paratransit service vehicles and bicycles to travel both directions on Georgia Avenue without having to drive with normal traffic.
Some frequent Metro bus riders and at least one Logan Circle community leader have differing opinions on whether to remove a shelter that covers a bus stop on 14th St. NW.
Members of Logan Circle’s ANC 2F voted last week to ask DDOT and WMATA to consider removing the shelter above the stop at 1336 14th St. NW. Among their concerns was that the stop was infrequently used, and sometimes attracted litter and the occasional loiterer.
Prior to last week’s meeting, a group of residents and a representative from the forthcoming Jinya Ramen bar came before the commission’s Community Development Committee and asked that the bus stop be removed altogether.
Buses on the 70 route are set to have four blocks of relatively unencumbered travel near Howard University starting next week.
Georgia Avenue NW, between Florida Avenue to Barry Place NW, is scheduled to lose lanes for normal northbound and southbound traffic Monday when the two, dedicated bus lanes go into effect, according to the D.C. Department of Transportation. The changes will allow buses of all types, taxis with passengers, emergency vehicles, paratransit service vehicles and bicycles to travel both directions on Georgia Avenue without having to drive with normal traffic.
The bus lanes, which will receive a coat of red paint in May, will be in operation Mondays to Saturdays from 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.
Buses are scheduled to stop running on the 93 route beginning Sunday, according to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.
The 93 route travels from Adams Morgan to Congress Heights, running on U Street and Florida Avenue NW as it traverses the District. Most of its journey follows the paths of the 90 and 92 routes, which are slated to receive more early morning and late evening buses.
The route ended “due to low ridership,” according to WMATA.
(Updated at 11:48 a.m.) A near-collision involving a Metro bus at the intersection of 14th and U streets NW sent at least two riders to the hospital with minor injuries earlier today.
A Metro spokesperson said a car swerved in front of a 52 bus heading southbound on 14th Street NW near the intersection around 10:30 a.m. today. To avoid a collision, the driver of the bus applied the brake suddenly, lurching several passengers forward.
D.C. Fire and EMS spokesperson Oscar Mendez said two riders were taken to the hospital with minor injuries following the near-accident. A Metro spokesperson said four riders were transported to the hospital.
Both Mendez and the Metro spokesperson said the riders were likely transported to the hospital as a precaution.
Image via D.C. Fire and EMS Twitter
The incident occurred while the bus was stopped near the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Irving Street NW.
According to Metro spokesperson Sherri Ly, a man and a woman began to argue with each other while the bus was stopped. As the female passenger began to leave the bus, the man followed her.
The woman then turned and sprayed the man with pepper spray, catching several others in the line of fire.
Both the woman and the man left the scene before police arrived, says Ly.
D.C. Fire and EMS spokesperson Oscar Mendez says emergency crews treated the victims for minor injuries related to pepper spray exposure near the 3000 block of Georgia Avenue NW.
Three of the victims were children, authorities say.
UPDATE: 3000blk of Georgia Ave NW. 6 pts transported with minor injuries. 3 adults; 3 minors.
— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) July 28, 2015
Image via Google Street View
So, the weekend approaches and you are ready to go… to get out of Borderstan (lovely though our little autonomous region may be). New York City awaits. The trip to Gotham takes about four to five hours, depending on traffic. We’ve haven’t taken Megabus (pictured) yet, but the double decker is appealing; we hope to check it out soon. Anyone have Megabus experiences to share?
But once in New York, it’s just as important to know what NOT to do as is what not to miss. So, we bring this write up from MSNBC.com of “Ten things not to do in New York City” (with alternative recommendations), so you can make the best of that weekend in New York City. Reader feedback is greatly appreciated: Do you like the warnings? Have more things to NOT do in NYC you’d like to add?
From WMATA: Metrorail and Metrobus will operate on a regular weekday schedule Christmas Eve (Wednesday, December 24), a Sunday schedule on Christmas Day (Thursday, December 25), a regular weekday schedule with a 2 a.m. closing on New Year’s Eve (Wednesday, December 31) and a Sunday schedule on New Year’s Day (Thursday, January 1). (more…)
The low-cost bus routes between Washington DC and New York City have become a perennial travel story, one that we ourselves covered first in June 2006, and then again this year with the launch of the BoltBus and Megabus $1 fares. But we had yet to sit down and look at how they compare to each other, so we figured now, as everyone tightens their belts a bit, would be the perfect time. And of course, with the holiday seasons upon us and Inauguration weekend approaching, New York and D.C. are sure to be popular destinations over the next couple months.
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WMATA is comprehensively reviewing many of its bus lines, such as the S1/2/4 lines on 16th. They recently announced another round of reviews including the very complex D1/2/3/4/5/6 buses. When evaluating these buses, WMATA should keep in mind a very simple principle: Keep It Simple, Stupid (KISS). Our bus map is hugely complex, and as a result, most people only know the one or two lines that they take every day to commute. Everyone else avoids buses, except maybe the Circulator.
WMATA recently announced that they’re looking to improve bus service on 16th Street. There’s another public meeting on September 23; be sure to visit the Metrobus 16th Street Line page for details. (Emphasis mine.)
They’ve already had one public meeting (PDF) on July 15, and the attendees broke into small groups to discuss the current problems with the route (mostly bus crowding, bunching, schedule adherence and travel speed issues). According to a recent Washington Post article, Metrobus operates about 75% “on-time” for all routes, defined as between two minutes early and seven minutes late. There’s probably a high amount of variability between lines.