The Metrobus 30s Line Study (Wisconsin Avenue/Pennsylvania Avenue) [En Español]
- Who was involved? The study was a partnership between Metro and the District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT).
- What was studied? The Metrobus 30s Line corridor, including routes 30, 32, 34, 35, 36, and M6.
- Where is the corridor located? The 30s Line service runs from from Naylor Road and Southern Avenue Metro Stations in Southeast DC to Pennsylvania Avenue; through Downtown DC along Independence Avenue, 7th Street SW and SE, and H and I Streets to the Foggy Bottom area; and from there to M Street in Georgetown then north along Wisconsin Avenue to Friendship Heights Metro.
- Why was this corridor chosen for study? The 30s Line serves around 20,000 passengers on an average weekday, giving it the highest ridership in the Metrobus system. The length of the line, combined with delays, detours, and other reliability issues, prompted Metro and DDOT to explore potential improvements.
- When did the study take place? The initial portion of the study took place in the second half of 2007, followed by a brief implementation period during which Metro determined the best ways to put the recommendations into effect. The restructured line went into service in June 2008.
- How is service on the line being improved? See below for the study's recommendations, as well as specifics on how the study was conducted.
Improvements Implemented June 2008:
New Limited-Stop Services
The study is now complete and the first set of recommended improvements took place on March 30th. Two new features of the restructured service are the limited-stop 37 and 39 routes (see map below). Instead of stopping every block or two like most local buses, the 37 and 39 routes stop only every quarter-mile or so. This speeds up travel times and helps make the service more reliable. The 37 route runs between Friendship Heights and Archives, with a detour around Georgetown on Massachusetts Avenue NW. The 39 route runs between Naylor Road Metro along Southern Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue to Foggy Bottom.
New Limited-Stop Services - Faster travel times for those traveling to Downtown in peak periods on weekdays:
• Route 37 - Friendship Heights to Archives: Every 15 minutes on weekdays during peak-periods; 7:00 am to 10:00 am inbound; 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm outbound; limited number of stops.
(uses Massachusetts Avenue to bypass Georgetown).
• Route 39 - Naylor Road Metro to Foggy Bottom: Every 15 minutes on weekdays during peak-periods; 6:35 am to 9:30 am inbound; 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm outbound; limited number of stops.
New Neighborhood Connectors
In addition to limited-stop services, the 30s Line also received two new neighborhood connector routes, the 31 and the M5 (the name was later changed to the 34 route). The purpose of these routes is to add capacity and provide connector services within neighborhoods, without extending into Downtown areas where buses may become stuck in traffic. The 34 route begins at Naylor Road Metro and travels along Naylor Road and Pennsylvania Avenue to Eastern Market Metro. The 31 route travels from Friendship Heights Metro along Wisconsin Avenue, M Street, and Pennsylvania Avenue to Foggy Bottom.
Neighborhood Connectors - Added capacity along local routes, seven days a week:
• Route 31 - Friendship Heights to Foggy Bottom: Every 15 minutes during peak periods, every half hour other times; 5:30 am to 12:20 am weekdays, 5:50 am to 12:40 am Saturdays, and 6:50 am to 8:30 pm Sundays.
• Route M5 - Naylor Road Metro to Eastern Market: Every 15 minutes during peak periods, every half hour other times; 4:30 am to 1:00 am weekdays, 5:10 am to 1:00 am Saturdays, and 6:50 am to 8:30 pm Sundays.
• Route M6 - Fairfax Village to Potomac Avenue Metro: Continues to stop at all local stops, every 15 minutes during peak periods, every 20 minutes other times; 5:00 am to 1:15 am weekdays, 5:30 am to 1:30 am Saturdays, and 6:30 am to 1:00 am Sundays.
Metro has put more supervisors on the street whose sole job is to manage the 30s Line. Supervisors and bus drivers are in communication with one another via laptop computers and hand-held devices. Through greater communication, Metro staff can more easily remove illegally parked cars and trucks, keep riders posted about detours and other information, and put more buses into service when necessary. Furthermore, more shelters have been placed at select 30s Line stops; updated, easy-to-read schedules have been posted at stops; adjustments to traffic light signals are being made at key intersections; bus drivers are receiving training specific to the 30s Line; and safety and security are being addressed with the help of Metro Transit Police.
Local Routes - Uninterrupted service from one end of the District to the other, seven days a week:
• Route 32 - Friendship Heights to Southern Avenue Metro: Continues to stop at all local stops; every 10 minutes during weekday peaks and every half hour at other times; 4:15 am to 2:45 am weekdays, 4:30 am to 2:45 am Saturdays, and 4:30 am to 2:30 am Sundays.
• Route 36 - Friendship Heights to Naylor Road Metro: Continues to stop at all local stops; every 10 minutes during weekday peaks and every half hour at other times; 4:45 am to 2:00 am weekdays and Saturdays, and 5:00 am to 2:00 am Sundays.
For information about other improvements made to the 30s Line, please see the Frequently Asked Questions memo. Note: the route referred to as the M5 in this document is now called the 34 route. It follows the same route as the original 34 route that was eliminated, except that it now ends at Eastern Market Metro rather than continuing into Downtown.
Timetables and Maps:
Timetables — 31, 32/36, 34, 37, 39, M6.
Click on the icon for a large version of the current 30s Line map.
Reports and Publications:
The following 30s Line study materials are available for download in PDF form. Some of the documents are large and graphics-heavy; please allow ample time for the files to open.
Frequently Asked Questions about the 30s Line improvements
Staff Report and Recommendations on the Proposed Restructuring of the Pennsylvania Avenue Line Routes 30, 32, 34, 35, 36
Notice of Metrobus Public Hearing No. 531 and No. 532:
Proposed Restructuring of the Pennsylvania Avenue Line,
Routes 30, 32, 34, 35, 36
Project Newsletter # 4
• Presentation (short version of study recommendations)
• Project Newsletter # 3
• Display Boards
• Frequently Asked Questions
• Vision and Guiding Principles
• "Currents" Article About the 30s Line Study, 12/12/07
• Summary of Results
• Project Newsletter # 2
• Display Boards
• Invitation Letter
• Evaluation Sheet
• Concept Evaluations Summary (Part I)
• Concept Evaluations Table (Part II)
• Summary of Results
• Project Newsletter # 1
• Project Factsheet
• Display Boards
• Invitation Flyer
• Rider Diary
• Metro Rider Comment Card
• Contact Information
MARCH 2008: PUBLIC HEARINGS COMPLETED
Public hearings for the 30s Line study were held on Monday, March 17, at St. Columba's Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle Street NW, and Wednesday, March 19, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue SE. Both meetings began with an open house from 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm, followed by a hearing in which members of the public were invited to speak. About 20 members of the public spoke about the project at each hearing. The proceedings were recorded and transcribed by an independent firm contracted by WMATA, and comments were entered into the public record for the project.
DECEMBER 2007: THIRD ROUND OF PUBLIC MEETINGS COMPLETED
The third and final set of meetings for this phase of the 30s Line study took place on Thursday, December 6, at St. Columba's Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle Street NW, and Monday, December 10, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue SE. Both meetings were from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm and followed the same format as the second set of meetings in October. An additional open house took place on Wednesday, December 12, noon to 2:00 pm, at WMATA (Metro) headquarters, 600 5th Street NW. The purpose of these meetings was to discuss the recommendations for the 30s Line study and gain feedback from participants.
SEPTEMBER 2007: SECOND SET OF PUBLIC MEETINGS COMPLETED
The second set of public meetings for the 30s Line project took place on Thursday, October 18, at St. Columba's Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle Street NW and Wednesday, October 24, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic School, 2700 O Street SE. Both meetings began at 6:30 pm with an open house in which participants viewed project materials and spoke individually with project team members. The open house was followed at 7:00 pm by a presentation in which the project team explained the potential improvement concepts for the 30s Line that are being studied. The options were developed based on rider comments heard during the July public meetings and the survey conducted this summer. Attendees then participated in breakout groups to discuss what they liked and didn't like about the improvement concepts. Both meetings ended at 8:30 pm.
JULY 2007: FIRST SET OF PUBLIC MEETINGS COMPLETED
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), in partnership with the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), conducted two public meetings in July 2007 for the Metrobus 30s Line study. The first of the two meetings took place on Thursday, July 19, at Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church on Pennsylvania Avenue in Southeast; and the second took place on Tuesday, July 24, at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church on Albemarle Street in Northwest.
For both meetings there was an Open House from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, during which participants could review project materials and speak individually with study team members, followed by a slide presentation and a group exercise in which participants could share their views about things that work well and things that don't work well with the 30s Line.
If you were not able to attend the meetings, please visit this website again later in the summer for information on additional public meetings this fall for the project. In the meantime, you can make your views known by contacting the project team via e-mail.
JUNE 2007: RIDER SURVEY ADMINISTERED
On Wednesday, June 27, 2007, a rider survey was administered along the 30s and M6 lines. From 6 am to 10 pm, the project team handed out surveys at selected stops along the 30, 32, 34, 35, 36, and M6 routes. The team also placed surveys in the schedule racks on buses and placed surveys with special hangers on the overhead bars. Survey takers had the option of putting their completed surveys in pouches on the buses or mailing them in postage-paid later. The surveys are a crucial part of this transportation study, as feedback from riders will help planners at WMATA and DDOT make the best decisions about ways to improve transit along the 30s and M6 lines. Approximately 6,000 surveys were available on the day of the survey, and more than 1,000 were returned by riders.