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Dan Malouff wrote:

Despite this success, Virginia opened up the busway to car traffic after a few years, beginning with HOV-4 users in December 1974. Since then, the restrictions on cars have been periodically reduced, and soon even single-occupant vehicles will be able to use the road, thanks to Virginia's HOT lanes project.

As soon as the Pentagon Metrorail Station (Blue Line only at the time) opened in 1977, very nearly all buses that used to run up the Shirley Highway HOV lanes and across the 14th Street Bridge into the District of Columbia were turned-back at the Pentagon, even though most of those lines served stops in Southwest Washington, leading to longer travel times by transit (in some cases much longer).

There were formerly Shirley Express bus routes that were signed "Farragut Square" in (actually, if memory serves me correctly, they ran to 19th and I Streets, N.W.), returning southbound by way of K Street, N.W. and then 14th Street, N.W./S.W. There were also buses that ran to "Southwest Mall" (L'Enfant Plaza) and "Federal Triangle" (10th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.).

All of those formerly single-seat rides became (at least) two-seat rides when the Blue Line opened.

In the late 1980's, the peak-period HOV-3 restrictions for traffic crossing the 14th Street Bridge in the express lanes were removed, which impacted the commuter bus lines that did (and do still) offer service all the way to downtown D.C.

None of the above did any favors to transit users in the corridor.

by C. P. Zilliacus on Jul 12, 2012 3:17 pm • linkreport

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