Metro bus planning proposes 22 bus stops for removal along the 96/97 routes.
In September, WMATA selected 27 stops for consideration to discontinue on the 96/97 route to provide faster service. All 27 stops are within a block or two of another stop. The list was posted on this blog, and wmata.com. Notices were posted at the affected stops, and WMATA met with representatives of council members’ offices whose districts are served by the two routes, and corresponding ANCs in September 2013. There was a month-long period where members of the public commented on the list via phone, email, and blog post.
Following the public feedback, five bus stops that had been under consideration will remain in service:
- East Capitol Street & 15th Street NE/SE, eastbound and westbound, due to the proximity to the Center City Charter School Capitol Hill
- Woodley Road & 35th Street NW, eastbound and westbound, due to their proximity to The Beauvoir, The National Cathedral Elementary School, and
- East Capitol Street & 52nd Street SE, eastbound, due to its location in front of the Episcopal Church of the Atonement.
In total, 22 bus stops will be discontinued, 12% of the total stops on the 96/97 route. Maps showing the bus stops to be removed at the December 29, 2013 service change are shown below. Two weeks prior to the service change, notices will be posted at the affected stops informing customers of the change. The notice will also include information on next closest bus stops.
The bus stops that will be discontinued are: Read more…