Dramatic changes are coming to the 30 series bus lines starting August 24th. No more will the 32 and 36 buses travel the length of DC from Friendship Heights to Ward 8. These changes follow up of similar changes pushed through in 2008. Most users, though, won’t notice service reductions but longer rides will now require a transfer.
Specifically here are the changes:
- Route 32 will no longer provide crosstown service between Southern Avenue and Friendship Heights. Buses will now operate between Southern Avenue and Foggy Bottom. Crosstown service to Friendship Heights will be replaced by the NEW Route 30S.
- Route 36 will no longer provide crosstown service between Naylor Road and Friendship Heights. Buses will now operate between Naylor Road and Foggy Bottom. Crosstown service to Friendship Heights will be replaced by the New Route 30N.
- New Route 33 will operate between Friendship Heights and Archives, replacing routes 32 and 36 service on Wisconsin Avenue.
The point of the effort is to split up longer routes to ensure that they stick to a schedule more consistently. The assumption is that most riders don’t ride it the length of the route, so cutting it in half will affect few riders.
So the 32 and 36 will travel between downtown and Ward 8 and a new 33 route will travel between Friendship Heights and downtown. There will still be one bus going the length of the old route, but it will only run once an hour.
Service from Georgetown to downtown on the 30 series will remain as frequent as it is today. But here’s the rub: if you want to go any further than the National Archives you either have to transfer or get lucky and catch the once-an-hour 30S.
Transferring is a pain, but if you are going south of Archives, transferring to Metro at Foggy Bottom is probably the faster move anyway. Still, GM is sad to lose the option of a one seat ride from Georgetown to Capitol Hill. And frankly he’s disappointed that he didn’t notice the proposal when there was still time to convince Metro against it (It was only open for public review for a couple weeks last September).