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The Metrobus U Street-Garfield Line Study (En Español)

Quick Facts:

  • Who is involved? The study is a partnership between Metro and the District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT).
  • What is being studied? Metrobus routes 90, 92, and 93.
  • Where is the corridor located? The existing U Street-Garfield Line runs from Duke Ellington Bridge on Calvert Street NW along U Street, Florida Avenue, 8th Street NE and SE, and the 11th Street Bridge. From there, the 90 continues on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue to Anacostia Metro Station; the 92 travels along Good Hope Road and Alabama Avenue to Congress Heights Metro; and the 93 runs on Morris, Pomeroy, and Stanton Roads and Alabama Avenue to Congress Heights Metro.
  • Why was this corridor chosen for study? About 14,700 passengers use the line on an average weekday, one of the highest riderships in the Metrobus system. Like several other popular Metrobus lines, the U Street-Garfield service is hampered by problems with reliability. As the study progresses, specific challenges facing the line will be identified.
  • When did the study begin? The initial portion of the study began in March 2010. Metro and DDOT have made their preliminary recommendations (see the Final Report below), and pending Metro Board approval, will develop an implementation strategy.
  • How will service on the line be improved? The draft recommendations include increased supervision and bus operator training, a new limited-stop service, traffic operations measures, and other enhancements. Please visit this page again in the coming months to learn more about the recommendations and the timeline for implementation.

Timetables and Maps:

Click here for a downloadable schedule of the current service for routes 90, 92, and 93.

Click on the icon below for a full-size map of the existing U Street-Garfield (90s) Line corridor.



Reports and Publications:

- 90s Line Final Report, March 2011
- 90s Line Public Meeting Series #3, Presentation
- 90s Line Public Meeting Series #3, Display Boards
- 90s Line Public Meeting Series #2, Presentation
- 90s Line Public Meeting Series #2, Display Boards: 1 and 2
- 90s Line Final Results of the Rider Survey
- 90s Line Newsletter #2, June 2010
- 90s Line Factsheet
- 90s Line Public Meeting Series #1, Presentation
- 90s Line Public Meeting Series #1, Display Boards
- 90s Line Newsletter #1 , May 2010


Events:

Public Meeting Series #3, September 2010

Metro and the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) held the final series of public meetings for the 90s Line study from September 21-23 at Allen Chapel in Southeast, Sherwood Recreation Center in Northeast, and the DC Housing Finance Agency in Northwest. The purpose of the series was to present preliminary recommendations for improvements to the Metrobus 90s Line and to obtain comments from participants about them. The recommendations will be refined over the next few weeks and brought to the Metro Board for approval in late 2010.

Public Meeting Series #2, June-July 2010

Metro and the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) held a second series of public meetings for the 90s Line study on June 29 at Savoy Elementary School in Anacostia, on June 30 at Sherwood Recreation Center in Northeast, and on July 1 at the Marie Reed Center in Adams Morgan. The purpose of the series was to present several potential concepts to improve service along the Metrobus 90s Line and to hear feedback from participants about them. The format of the meetings was the same as the first series in May. The study team will move ahead with refining the options and develop a package of recommendations to be approved by the Metro Board. The recommendations will be presented before then at the final series of public meetings to be held in August 2010. Dates and locations to be announced.

Public Meeting Series #1, May 2010

Metro and DDOT held a series of public meetings for the 90s Line study on May 18 at the Douglass Community Center in Southeast, on May 19 at J.O. Wilson Elementary School in Northeast, and on May 20 at the Reeves Center in Northwest. The purpose of the series was to assemble riders of routes 90, 92, and 93 and hear their comments about issues facing the line and suggestions on how to improve transit service along the corridor. The first half hour of the meeting consisted of an open house, followed by a 20-minute presentation and hour-long group discussion. Using the information collected at the meetings, the study team will now explore options for improving 90s Line service and present packages of alternatives being studied at the second series of public meetings to be held in summer of 2010.


Survey of Metrobus 90/92/93 riders conducted on Wednesday, April 14, 2010


The first public outreach task for the U Street-Garfield (90s) Line Study was the rider survey. On April 14, Metro and DDOT staff distribute
d paper surveys at select bus stops on routes 90, 92, and 93. The surveys were also hung from the overhead railings on buses that serve these routes. Riders completed their surveys on the bus and placed them in marked pouches on buses, or sent them in the mail later postage-paid. The purpose of the survey was to collect feedback from riders about what needs to be improved on the line; it asked questions about the quality of buses, bus stops, and bus drivers; factors that affect trips; safety and security; and other service or operations enhancements riders would like to see. While the paper survey was administered on only one day, the on-line version was available for several months. The final results of the Rider Survey can be seen here.