D.C. Unveils Proposed Bus Network Redesign

The plan includes 24-hour service and expanded bus lines, but Metro has to fill a large budget gap before it can be fully implemented.

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April 21, 2023, 5:00 AM PDT

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction

Proposed map of new D.C. bus system redesign

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority / Proposed D.C. bus system redesign map

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) revealed its bus network redesign plan, an as-yet-unfunded vision of a radically expanded network with 24-hour service.

As Jordan Pascale explains in DCist, “The new routes are the result of five years of work to make the system more user-friendly, equitable, and robust. It includes 100 bus routes with 20-minute frequencies or better (many have 12-minute frequencies) and simpler, more direct routes.”

The 24-hour service would include buses to Dulles Airport and key Metro stations in the region. “The transit agency didn’t specifically list route-by-route changes, but some noticeable additions are a bus between Bethesda and Tysons, an extension of a bus route from Ballston to George Mason University instead of Dunn Loring, and the extension of a route from Silver Spring to Waterfront instead of Archives.”

See the source article for full PDF maps of the proposed redesign, parts of which could be implemented in 2024.

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