Earlier in November, WMATA issued several proposed route changes for the upcoming year. These changes include rerouting the B8 and B9 buses so they no longer serve Franklin St NE and essentially changing the E2 and E3 buses into an extension of the current D4 line.
While the community meetings have passed, you can submit testimony to WAMTA up until 9am on Monday, December 3 (emphasis added by me):
Written statements and exhibits may be sent to the Office of the Secretary, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, 600 Fifth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001, or e-mailed to email@example.com. Statements also may be faxed to 202-962-1133. Please reference the hearing number [Author’s Note: in this case, Hearing Number is 579, Docket Number is B12-03]. Submissions must be received by 9 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 3. Please note that any personal information such as name, e-mail address, address, or telephone number you provide in the statement may be releasable to the public under the WMATA Public Access to Records Policy.
The biggest change is the change elimination of the B8 and B9 on Franklin Street NE, which you can see here (click on the image to see a larger version):
I’ve pulled some additional notes provided by WMATA in the report:
- RESTRUCTURE SERVICE:
- Reroute B8 between Rhode Island Ave station and Fort Lincoln primarily via Rhode Island Avenue, Montana Avenue, Bladensburg Road, South Dakota Avenue, 31st Place, Fort Lincoln Drive, roadways of the future Shops at Dakota Crossing, Fort Lincoln Drive North, Commodore Joshua Barney Drive, Eastern Avenue, and returning to Rhode Island Ave station via Bladensburg Road, Montana Avenue, and Rhode Island Avenue
- ALTERNATIVE SERVICE AVAILABLE:
- Stops on Franklin and Vista Streets are served by H6
- REASONS FOR CHANGE:
- Serve the future Shops at Dakota Crossing (under construction)
- Serve new residential development on Commodore Joshua Barney Drive (once the street is opened for through traffic)
- Serve the proposed future Walmart at Bladensburg Road & New York Avenue
- Discontinue service to Colmar Manor (which was established to give temporary access to shopping until retail services were built at Fort Lincoln)
I take exception with the notion that the H6 provides the same service for Franklin Street that the B9 and B8 do, since the H6 goes up through the neighborhood to the Brookland station instead of the closer Rhode Island Ave Station. I thought Wal-Mart coming to DC was supposed to bring us more amenities, not have our bus service syphoned off to provide for Wal-Mart’s infrastructure needs.
The other change essentially cuts the E2 and E3 lines off of their current route and add them to the D4, which currently starts downtown and ends in Ivy City, instead it would now continue on the former route of the E2/E3 and serve Riggs Park and Fort Totten Metro Station.
Maps of the E2/E3 and D4 changes:
Residents in Ivy City and Trinidad are understandably upset about some of these (and other) changes, but as far as our neighborhood is concerned, I think the E2-E3 vs. D4 change is mostly a name change and won’t result in much change in service.
I have submitted a letter testimony protesting cuts to the B8 and B9 lines, I hope you’ll consider doing the same. You can read my submitted testimony here (Note: that links to a PDF).
(If you want to see all the maps of the changes in a 19 page PDF, that’s here)