Metro Invites Rider Comment on Proposed Metrobus Route 42, 43, L1 and L2 Changes

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Service Change Arroows

Service Change Proposals: Metro develops service proposals based on rider, bus operator, and other stakeholder input, and seeks feedback to identify preferred option(s).


Metrobus is committed to maintaining high-quality transit service. To improve quality and reliability, Metro, along with the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), is evaluating bus service along the Mount Pleasant (routes 42 and 43) and Connecticut Avenue (routes L1 and L2) lines.

In April and May 2018, over 5,800 riders provided Metro with input regarding the initial proposals. As a result, revisions were made to the original proposals for Metrobus Routes 42, 43, L1 and L2.

Metro is now asking for feedback on the revised proposals listed below. Open House materials: boards of the proposals

You can attend either open house as proposals for both Lines will be available for feedback at both events.

Route L1, L2 Open House
Wednesday, June 20 2018
6:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.
University of the District of Columbia Law School, Room 515
4340 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington D.C.

*Take routes L1 or L2 to either the bus stop at Connecticut Ave & Yuma St NW (southbound) or the bus stop at Connecticut Ave & Albemarle St NW (northbound)

Route 42, 43 Open House
Thursday, June 21, 2018
6:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.
Columbia Heights Community Center
1480 Girard St. NW, Washington D.C.

*Take routes 42 or 43 to the bus stop at Columbia Rd NW & Mozart Pl. NW or the Harvard St NW bus stop; both bus stops are located 0.2 miles (4 blocks) from the community center.

If you cannot attend either open house, call 703-340-3105 to leave a message with your feedback.


Revised proposals:

Routes 42 and 43 (Mount Pleasant Line) Revised Service Change Proposal

  • Introduce a new Route 43 Short and Route 43 Long to the Mount Pleasant Line. Both routes would run during weekday peak periods (6:00 AM - 8:59 AM and 3:00 PM - 6:59 PM). 
  • Route 43 Short would run from Mount Pleasant to Farragut Square, traveling under Dupont Circle via the Connecticut Avenue Underpass.
  • Route 43 Long would run from Mount Pleasant to Gallery Place, traveling under Dupont Circle via the Connecticut Avenue Underpass.
  • Both routes would travel via the Connecticut Avenue Underpass.
  • In order to operate the new routes, Metro would reallocate some Route 42 buses to the Route 43 Short and Long operations during peak periods.

See the map of the revised proposal for routes 42, 43

Background information on this proposal:

Prior survey results indicated that riders would like more direct service between Mount Pleasant to Downtown DC and less crowding on peak period buses in the downtown area. This proposal aims to address both concerns by increasing service traveling under Dupont Circle and increasing the number of buses serving Downtown during peak periods.

Routes L1 and L2 (Connecticut Avenue Line) Revised Service Change Proposal

  • Maintain the current Route L1 route until terminating at 21st St and Virginia Ave NW instead of continuing south on 23rd St NW and east on Constitution Ave NW.
  • Reroute northbound Route L1 trips to go around Dupont Circle and north on Connecticut Ave NW instead of its current route via Massachusetts Ave NW and Florida Ave NW.
  • Discontinue service along Constitution Ave NW to avoid congestion.

See the map of the revised proposal for routes L1, L2

Background information on this proposal:

Prior survey results indicated that riders would like to maintain direct access between Chevy Chase and Foggy Bottom while seeing improvements to on-time performance and "bus bunching" (when bus run to close together instead of maintaining their time intervals). This aims to address those issues by ensuring Route L1 buses travel on a more direct route and avoid Constitution Ave NW congestion.

Bus Stop Consolidation Proposal

Consolidate bus stops along Connecticut Avenue that have low levels of use and are in close proximity to other bus stops to improve travel speeds.

See the map of proposed bus stops to be consolidated and the ridership data for each stop.

Note: The bus stop on Connecticut Ave NW & Jocelyn St NW (northbound) has been removed from the list of bus stops proposed to be consolidated.

Background information on this proposal:

Prior survey results indicated that riders would like to see improvements to on-time performance and "bus bunching" (when buses run too close together instead of maintain their time intervals). The proposed bus stop consolidation aims to address these issues by reducing the number of stops buses must make while traversing the routes.


Metrobus Service Evaluation Study Background Information

As part of the budget process, Metro undertakes a systematic review of bus routes throughout the region. Each year, a number of bus routes in each of the jurisdictions are examined to improve service, efficiency, and delivery. Overall performance is evaluated with the aim of improving service reliability, frequency, crowding, travel time, bus stop amenities, and customer communications.