For immediate release: October 1, 2019

Metro proposes bus service changes on selected routes to better meet demand

In an effort to serve the greatest number of customers and better meet demand, Metro is proposing service changes on selected Metrobus routes. The proposed package would adjust 10 routes based on ridership levels, modify schedules in response to traffic conditions and restructure some routes to improve service for customers while remaining cost-neutral.

Metro invites customers to provide feedback on the proposed changes to the following routes:

District of Columbia

  • 42, 43: Restructure: convert some 42 trips to 43 trips between Gallery Place/Metro Center and Mt. Pleasant during non-rush hour periods
  • 74: Extend to Buzzard Point; reduce frequency and hours of service
  • S2, S4, S9: Restructure: convert all S4 trips to S2 and S9 trips; increase S9 frequency and hours of service


  • B29: Eliminate service between Crofton and Bowie; add trips between New Carrollton and Bowie


  • 7F: Convert all trips to 7A
  • 3Y*: Increase service by adding three morning and three afternoon trips to the schedule.
  • 7Y*: Restructure: change afternoon peak service to serve northbound Eads Street between 15th Street and Army Navy Drive

*Metro is seeking public feedback as part of the decision-making process regarding proposed changes to routes 3Y and 7Y. However, these proposals are not part of the public hearing process.

Customer may provide input through 5 p.m. on Monday, October 7, 2019:

    • Archives
    • Dupont Circle
    • East Falls Church
    • Farragut North
    • Farragut West
    • Gallery Place
    • L’Enfant Plaza
    • McPherson Sq
    • Metro Center
    • New Carrollton
    • Pentagon
    • Pentagon City
    • Silver Spring
    • Waterfront

  • Attend the Open House and Public Hearing:
    • Metro Headquarters, 600 5th Street NW, Washington, DC on Wednesday, October 2, 2019. The Open House will be from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. and the Public Hearing will begin at 4:30 p.m. and end at 6:30 p.m. or until the last registered speaker is heard. (Speaker registration is on-site only.)

      If you cannot attend the public hearing click here to provide your feedback online and for more information about our proposed service changes (en español). All feedback is due Monday, October 7 by 5:00 p.m.
To learn more about the proposed service changes in DC, Maryland and Virginia visit


All organizations or individuals desiring to be heard with respect to this docket will be afforded the opportunity to present their views and make supporting statements and to offer alternative proposals. Public officials will be allowed five minutes each to make their presentations. All others will be allowed three minutes each. Relinquishing of time by one speaker to another will not be permitted. There will be no advance registration to speak. Those wishing to provide oral testimony will sign up to speak at the hearing, will be called to testify in the order they sign up, and can sign up to speak at any time prior to the close of the hearing. Elected public officials will be allowed to provide their testimony as soon as feasible after their registration. If you will not be able to stay to provide your testimony orally when your name is called, staff will help you with multiple ways to submit your comments into the public record including the use of a digital recorder to record your oral comments. Please note that all comments received are releasable to the public upon request, and may be posted on WMATA’s website, without change, including any personal information provided.

Testimony may be submitted via a survey, found at through Monday, October 7, 2019, at 5 p.m. You will be asked to respond to questions about the proposals within this docket. The survey will also provide the opportunity to submit free-form comments. This option is in addition to your ability to speak at a public hearing. For those without access to computers or internet, testimony may also be mailed to the Office of the Secretary, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, 600 Fifth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001.

The survey results, along with mailed written statements and public hearing comments, will be presented to the Board and will be part of the official public hearing record. Please note all statements are releasable to the public upon request, and may be posted on WMATA’s website, without change, including any personal information provided. For a detailed description of all proposals, please visit, or for those who do not have access to computers or internet, note that copies of the dockets in their entirety are also available at area libraries or can be requested from Metro’s Office of the Secretary by calling 202-962-2511.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, gender, religion, disability or family status. If you require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or translation services (free of charge), contact the project team at 202-962-2511 (TTY: 202-962-2033) at least 48 hours prior to the public hearing date.