Well it’s been nice while it lasted, but the free Circulator rides will come to an end for the next DC fiscal year. That’s not until October, so we’ve still got four months of free rides to enjoy.
The end of the freebie came as a result of the Council adopting a 2020 budget. The mayor had requested the funding continue, but the idea was not well received. The problem is basically this: yeah, free bus rides are great for people that can use the free routes, but it doesn’t help all the other riders. Since the Circulator routes by-and-large go through some well off neighborhoods (e.g., Georgetown) the idea of continuing the free ride was viewed as inequitable. In other words: there are better ways to spend that money than to give Georgetowners a free ride to work.
Oh well. It’s probably the right decision, but a bummer none the less.