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The Metrobus F4-F6 Line Study (En Español)

Quick Facts:

  • Who is involved? The study is a partnership between Metro, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), the Prince George's County Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPWT), and the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT).
  • What is being studied? Metrobus routes F4 and F6.
  • Where is the corridor located? The existing line runs between Silver Spring Metro and New Carrollton Metro, primarily along East-West Highway. The F4 and F6 have slightly different alignments in their middle segments, with the F6 serving the University of Maryland-College Park and Fort Totten Metro.
  • Why was this corridor chosen for study? The F4-F6 Line has an average weekday ridership of about 7,600 passengers, one of the highest Metrobus riderships in Maryland. Service and reliability problems will be identified and addressed as the study progresses.
  • When did the study begin? The study began in February 2012, and the Final Report was completed in August 2012. The next step will be for Metro planners to have the recommendations approved by the WMATA Board, then prepare an implementation plan with its partner agencies in Maryland. The first phase of implementation is expected to take place in 2013.
  • How will service on the line be improved? Please see the links below for reports and graphics associated with the study.

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Timetables and Maps:

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Metrobus timetables for:
Route F4 (New Carrollton-Silver Spring Line)
Route F6 (New Carrollton-Fort Totten Line)


Reports & Publications:

Final Report - Recommendations for improvements to the F4-F6 Line
Display boards from the May 15-16, 2012 public meeting -- Contains preliminary recommendations for improvements
Display boards
from the March 21-22, 2012 public meetings (17 MB - please allow time to download)
Factsheet about the F4-F6 Line


Events:

The first two public meetings for the F4-F6 Line Study took place on March 21, 2012, at Hyattsville Library, and the following night at Takoma Park Community Center. At these meetings, participants spoke individually with the project team about recurring problems they see on the F4 and F6 routes, and suggested ways of solving them. Materials were displayed at the meetings, including some preliminary data analysis about the routes and the initial results of the rider survey.

The second two public meetings took place on May 15 and 16, 2012, at New Carrollton Library and Takoma Park Community Center, respectively. At these meetings, participants reviewed preliminary recommendations for improvements to the F4 and F6 routes and offered their feedback on them.

In addition, a rider survey was conducted for the F4-F6 Line on February 29, 2012. Surveys were distributed on F4-F6 buses and at selected stops along the line. If you were not able to participate in the survey but would still like to give your input about the F4-F6 Line, please send an e-mail directly to the project team.