DDOT held a recent public meeting to unveil their long term plans for the Circulator. They are proposing some pretty ambitious expansions (some of which could simply be placeholders for an eventual streetcar line). Here’s a map of the corridors they identified (c/o DCist):
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So, we can all basically agree that DDOT rolled out the Circulator in a pretty ham-handed fashion. Despite the fact that the takeover of the Blue Bus was well known to be coming, there was no official word coming from DDOT or the Circulator website (which, for what it’s worth, is registered to the Downtown Business District Corp., so perhaps they control it).
But more troubling is the sudden change of the old route. As you may be able to tell from above, the Union Station-Georgetown route now stays enters Georgetown on K St. before turning up Wisconsin towards M. This change has some benefits but a lot of drawbacks. (As previously discussed, the new route mirrors the old Blue Bus route but removes a couple stops including the stop in front of the Marriott).
The Benefits: It will get you to Georgetown a bit faster. M St. (particularly on weekends and during evening rush) gets pretty backed up going westbound. Staying on K will avoid that (although K St. itself, particularly just west of Washington Circle, can get bad itself). Second, some argue this will avoid the confusion an redundancy of running two Circulators along the same road. Continue reading
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Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:
- Two Georgetown patios make it into Metrocurean’s Five Great Hidden Patios.
- The new Circulator route is up and running, have you tried it yet? GM didn’t realize that they changed up the old route too. Now when it comes into Georgetown, it will come along K St. and up Wisconsin. Eastbound it stays on M St. This is a confusing and frustrating change. Moreover, there wasn’t any prior announcement made about this change (and it wasn’t like the Blue Bus change was that well communicated either). GM wasn’t even positive about the route so he checked the Circulator website last night. It wasn’t working. Unfortunately, poor communication appears to go hand-in-hand with the Circulator.
GM mentioned yesterday that in September the Circulator will take over the remaining Blue bus route between Dupont and Rosslyn. He learned yesterday that that the start date is a tad sooner: next Sunday.
As you can see from the above map, the new Circulator route is identical to the Blue Bus. What will be different are the rates: normal fare will still be a buck, but you won’t get a 50 cent discount for showing a Smartrip. Although, you will get to pay with a Smartrip, which is probably worth 50 cents.
So, that means the last call for the Blue Bus will be sometime around 2 AM Sunday morning. By the next morning, Georgetown’s Circulator service will double.
GM got back from his week off last night, and while the summer still has a few weeks left in it, with the beach behind him and schools open today GM’s views inevitably turn towards the fall. Although it’s ecologically a season of decay, here in Georgetown it will be a season of renewal. Below, Gm takes a look at the projects definitely likely to come on-line this fall and those that might.
- Georgetown Library – This October, Georgetown’s historic library will be reborn. After a devastating fire in 2007, the library was rebuilt better than it was before.
- New Circulator route – It was just last fall that Georgetown was fighting to keep our current Circulator route. After a huge grassroots effort (and the intervention of Jack Evans) the old route was saved. Better still, the last Blue bus route will be turned into a new Circulator route. The route is scheduled to start up in September, although you sure wouldn’t know it from the Circulator’s website.
- Capital Bikeshare – In another September transportation innovation, four Capital Bikeshare stations will be setting up in Georgetown. GM has already signed up, have you?
- National Pinball Museum – This self-evidently awesome museum is supposed to be opening up in the Georgetown mall this fall.