Docket B12-03: Proposed Metrobus Service Changes; October 22-30, 2012

The three public hearings previously canceled due to Hurricane Sandy have been rescheduled - the new public comment deadline is 9 a.m. Monday, December 3, 2012.

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  • English - Notice PDF Icon with updated schedule information
  • Spanish - Notificación en Español PDF Icon Incluye nuevas fechas y horarios para las audiencias públicas
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The docket contains a detailed description of the proposal and information on how to participate in the public hearing process.

Rescheduled Hearing Dates, Locations and Transit Information

Hearing No. 578
  Mon, November 26, 2012
  New Carrollton Library
  7414 Riverdale Rd
  New Carrollton, MD
  Transit: Metrobus F4 or TheBus 16
  Open House at 6 p.m.
Public Hearing at 6:30 p.m.

Hearing No. 579
Mon, November 26, 2012
  Metro Transit Police District 1 Substation
  Marlon F. Morales Building
  5315 First Place, NE
  Washington, DC
  Transit: Across from Ft. Totten Metrorail station
  Open House at 6 p.m.
  Public Hearing at 6:30 p.m.

Hearing No. 580
Tues, November 27, 2012
  Mary Ellen Henderson
  Middle School Cafeteria
  7130 Leesburg Pike
  Falls Church, VA
  Transit: Metrobus 3T, 28A, 28T or West Falls Church Metrorail station
  Open House at 6:30 p.m.
  Public Hearing at 7 p.m.

Overview of Proposed Changes

Overall, the bus service changes in this proposal aim to increase the effectiveness of Metrobus services by removing specific trips with very few riders; slightly expanding the time between buses on selected routes with extra capacity; eliminating trips or sections of routes where other bus service is available; and terminating select routes that do not meet performance criteria.

The savings realized from reducing these non-productive services will be used to add capacity on crowded routes; add running time to routes that are consistently late; add trips to expand non-rush hour service to areas of the greatest demand; and restructure routes to streamline service.

Routes seeing improvements in this bus service change proposal are:

District of Columbia

  • A5 Reroute A5 via South Capitol Street
  • A9 Reroute from South Capitol Street to Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue and 11th Street Bridge. Extend to McPherson Square and convert to limited-stop MetroExtra service.
  • D4 Extend to Fort Totten
  • H6 Reroute in Fort Lincoln
  • W4 Increase frequency of midday service to every 22 minutes
  • B8 Reroute in Fort Lincoln and between Fort Lincoln & R.I. Ave Station
  • 79 Add new Saturday service with 12 minute frequency


  • K6 Adjust running times
  • R3 Add one later northbound evening trip.
  • T18 Shorten the time between buses in the midday and rush periods.


  • 7A,F Reroute 7F weekdays and Saturdays via Braddock Rd. & N. Hampton Drive; provide more running time on 7A,F off-peak and weekend service.
  • 1C Reroute to Random Hills Road; extend to West Ox Road.
  • 2A,B Split into two lines: 2A to run all days from Ballston to Dunn Loring, 2B to run weekdays and Saturday from Dunn Loring to West Ox Road via Fair Oaks Mall, and the Government Center area.
  • 3T Extend to Seven Corners via West Broad Street, Washington Street, East Falls Church Station, and Roosevelt Boulevard.
  • 15M Reroute via Vienna Station
  • 23A,C Split into two lines during peak hours: 23T (north end) from Shirlington to Tysons Corner Center via McLean Station (Silver line *); 23B (south end) from Ballston to Crystal City. Trip times at Crystal City coordinated with Crystal City-Potomac Yard transitway service. Operate 23A between Tysons Corner Center and Crystal City off-peak and weekends.
  • The proposed package of service realignments does not increase operating costs or the number of buses in the fleet. The changes are expected to improve overall on-time performance and customer satisfaction, increase ridership, and improve cost recovery.
  • The ratio of passengers currently using services that would see improvements to the number of passengers using non-productive services is approximately 15 to 1. Fifteen passengers will see improvements for every one passenger who may be inconvenienced.

* These changes will be made when rail service is operational on the Silver line Phase I to Wiehle Avenue.