Last October, DDOT started floating the idea of replacing the remaining Blue Bus route between Rosslyn and Dupont with a new Circulator route. There’s precedence for this since the Circulator already replaced the Foggy Bottom route of the Blue Bus.
Since the new route would require the District-run Circulator to cross jurisdictions, the Council needed to approve legislation authorizing it. But since then, there’s been somewhat of radio silence as to when the Circulator would actually take over.
GM made some inquiries to DDOT and found out that the target is to start up the route by the Fall. GM asked whether the route would be altered from the current Blue Bus route. In particular, GM is curious to know where the bus will stop in Dupont. As it is the Blue Bus stops in the slightly-off-the-beaten-path of N and 19th. It would be ideal if when the Circulator took over, it would stop directly in front of the Metro stop. Unfortunately those details haven’t been hashed out yet.
While GM will be sad to see the demise of the Blue Bus, the Circulator is a worthy replacement. The one hesitation GM has is that by converting the Blue Bus to a Circulator, the BID (which runs the Blue Bus) is losing control over the route. One need only remember the threatened cut to the Circulator to see how that could go wrong for Georgetown.