When it rains, it pours. We were just days away from losing half our Circulator service when the Mayor stepped in to save it. Now news comes that we might double our service. The Examiner is reporting that DDOT and the Georgetown BID are in discussions to turn the remaining Blue Bus into a Circulator. This would mean a Circulator would go from the Rosslyn metro to Dupont Circle, via Georgetown.
This is all a bit of Deja Vu all over again. In 2007, DDOT worked with the BID to modify the then relatively new Circulator to take over the Georgetown-to-Foggy Bottom Blue Bus route. The BID always considered the Blue Bus to be a demonstration project for what reliable bus service could do in Georgetown. Having the Circulator take over the Foggy Bottom route was a culmination of that.
Then DDOT proposed to eliminate the route extension, but the residents made a lot of noise; and the Mayor stepped in to save it. Then a year later, we did it all over again. Now it would seem that the current route is secure. At least for now.
Hopefully after the double near miss we had with the Wisconsin Ave. extension, DDOT and the BID will make sure that if they do add a new Circulator route it will be for the long term.
According to the Examiner, while the chips seem to be falling in place for the new Circulator route, there is no timetable for the service to be added.