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I think more people with be comfortable going car free if Washington seriously invested in better bus service (and prodded WMATA to operate a frequent, grid-like Metrobus network) by purchasing more bus service. Look at a map of bus routes operating every ten mins. or better. It's sad how few routes show up. To me, the level of bus service is sometimes laughable. WMATA only provides service as purchased by each jurisdiction.

A bus along 16th St NW every ten minutes in the evenings is not working. Crowded buses pass by waiting passengers. This is even after the 60' articualted buses were added a few months ago. The buses along 14th St NW are now also starting to be overcrowded. I ride both the 14th and 16th street bus lines and know they are crowded. I now drive in the evenings unless a CaBi station is near my destination so I'm not waiting for overcrowded/infrequent buses.

If the Metrobus network was more intuitive for those who are not transit aces and more frequent Metrobus service was purchased by the District, I think the parking problem could be mitigated more easily. People may feel more comfortable not having to drive around and/or not having a vehicle at all. (Same for more frequent Metrorail service to attract more trips to the rail system, especially by our friends from Va. and Md.)

by Transport. on Dec 10, 2012 4:46 pm • linkreport

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