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DDOT Exploring Circulator Route Across the Anacostia

DC Circulator D.C. residents living east of the Anacostia River may very well see the Circulator bus making stops in their neighborhood after all.

The Washington Business Journal reported yesterday that D.C. Department of Transportation officials are in discussions with the Anacostia Economic Development Corp. over a proposed Circulator route between Barracks Row in Capitol Hill and the Anacostia and Congress Heights Metro stations.

Two weeks ago, a D.C. Council committee voted to expand Circulator service across the Potomac into Arlington, Va., while rejecting the idea of a route into Southeast, as proposed in an amendment by Councilmember Kwame Brown. Brown said he would continue to push for such a route.

John Lisle, spokesman for DDOT, told the Washington Business Journal that the department's plans have nothing to do with Brown's amendment and that a proposal to bring the Circulator into Southeast has been in the works.

If plans progress—so far, it's unclear where the funding would come from—the "East of the River" route would be the sixth in the bus system.

Photo by Krossbow, Creative Commons Attribution License

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  • eli

    Seems like a dumb idea, considering the 90/92 bus serves this route well. The 90/92 also gives transfers and goes on past Eastern Market to take folks to H St NE (popular transfer to the X2 line to Chinatown & Minnesota Ave) and to the U St corridor and on to Adams Morgan. The Circulator would get you half as far for what reason exactly? Also the 90/92 runs late and comes often. Can you say the same for any of the Circulator lines?

  • matt

    Not that I'm hating on east-of-the-river, but wasn't the Circulator designed to move tourists around? How many tourists are wandering around over there?

  • The Advoc8te

    I was talking to some River East folks and one of them had a great idea. Have the circulator go to the Historic places in River East, for example Cedar Hill, Frederick Douglass's home, the Anacostia Smithsonian Museum,etc. It could also stop by the art gallerys on MLK in Historic Anacostia and the $26 million dollar Town Hall Education Arts and Recreation Campus, the Southeast Tennis Centerin Congress Heights and then go to the Congress Heights and Anacostia metro stops. We do have things to see and do East of the River and a circulator tailored to see them would be a great idea.

  • Rick Mangus

    What happen to the 'H' street trolley that was to go to SE?

  • David

    The Circulator was not designed solely for tourists, in fact the first Union Station to Georgetown route was designed to provide more rapid and direct connections between heavily traveled but undeserved areas (from a transit perspective). The 14th Street/Adams Morgan line is loved by locals from Logan Circle, U Street, Col. Heights, Mt. Pleasant and Adams Morgan alike.

    Residents east of the river will surely enjoy the Circulator's consistent, convenient, and rapid service,