CIRCULATOR SAVED

DDOT/WMATA to Cut Ciculator Service through Georgetown?

Breaking news via the Washington Post Getting There Blog:

D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty is scheduled to go to the D.C. Circulator bus stop at Whitehaven Place NW on Tuesday morning to announce that the extension of the route up Wisconsin Avenue will be preserved.

The District had planned to end that portion of the Georgetown-Union Station route on Sunday, Oct. 4, to save money

According to the mayor’s schedule, the announcement will be at 9:15 am.

Needless to say, this is great news for Georgetown (and Glover Park by the measure of comments GM received). Apparently the Mayor listened to the pleas of the residents and businesses. Great thanks goes out to everyone who wrote the mayor. In particular, CAG deserves praise for bringing this issue to light and not dropping it even as the fight seemed lost.

As more information is available, GM will report and analyze it.

Once again, a huge thank you goes out to everyone who wrote in and made their voice heard.

Update: DDOT issued this press release:

(Washington, DC) — Mayor Adrian M. Fenty along with Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans and the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) Director Gabe Klein announced today the DC Circulator route along Wisconsin Avenue will remain in service.

“After further review this administration has determined the route along Wisconsin Avenue is necessary to the residents, businesses and workers who rely on it as an economically reliable transportation choice.” said Mayor Fenty.

“It is never easy to make any cuts in service, and we did not take this particular cut lightly,” said DDOT Director Gabe Klein.  “We are pleased that Mayor Fenty and Councilmember Evans are supportive of transit and its importance to the city and that they support keeping this portion of the route open.”

“The great outpouring of support from the DC Circulator ridership has once again ensured the continued service of this vital transportation option along the Wisconsin Avenue corridor,” said Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans.  “I salute Mayor Fenty for his continued support of the residents of Ward 2 and throughout the city.“

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced on September 21st the DC Circulator would undergo several service changes coinciding with the beginning of the FY10 District budget including a discontinuation of the Wisconsin Avenue route north of M Street.

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10 responses to “CIRCULATOR SAVED

  1. Congrats on sounding the call, good sir.

  2. Andy

    Thanks for bringing this to our attention so we could write the mayor – what would we do without our neighborhood bloggers?

  3. congrats! you were getting nothing but negativity from quite a few directions, but it looks like you persevered!

  4. M8R-qqx89

    I second Andy’s thanks. Had it not been for this blog, I probably would not have heard about the proposed Circulator service cut and would not have emailed the mayor. So thanks a lot, GM!

  5. Ken Archer

    Now the ball is in our court to increase the percentage of Circulator ridership on Wisconsin above 2% by riding it. There is really no reason not to take the Circulator when going from Georgetown to downtown, to Chinatown or to the Convention Center.

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