Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the DC Circulator bus will be free from now on during her annual State of the District address on Monday night.
During the speech Bowser said, “Over the past weeks, workers … have stopped me at the checkout counters, at dinner, telling me how much they appreciate the Circulator being free,”
The mayor's announcement comes after WMATA failed to meet the deadline for fully restoring late-night service and continues to see ridership decline as a result of decisions to focus almost exclusively on commuters. Unlike WMATA, the DC Circulator is fully controlled by the District government making it easier to unilaterally change routes and add service.
There are limited Circulator routes in the northeast and southeast DC, however, and the announcement serves to underscore the importance of adding additional options in under-served areas of the city.
In his 2019 budget request letter, Cm. Kenyan McDuffie requested funds to establish a dedicated, rapid bus line along New York Avenue from the NoMa-Gallaudet University Metro station to the Shops at Dakota Crossing, which would include stops at the Union Market area and Ivy City/Hecht Warehouse area which are part of ANC 5D. The details of this route have not yet been finalized and Comm. Sydelle Moore, 5D05 has advocated for the potential inclusion of Bladensburg Rd. NE as part of the route to better connect Carver/Langston to the retail options available at Dakota Crossing.
The mayor is scheduled to publish her budget on March 20, which triggers a series of budget oversight hearings at the Council. During each hearing, the agency's proposed budget is examined. The public is invited to testify at those hearings, and I strongly encourage residents to do so. You can view the full list of budget oversight hearings on the Council's website, and I look forward to seeing Ward 5 residents out in force.
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This is not your last chance to speak up...
Thanks so much to everyone who took time out of their busy schedule to attend the Langston Civic Association's community roundtable with Mayor Bowser. These meetings are only effective when neighbors show up and address the issues that are important to them and make it clear that we care.
Please know that this will not be the last of these conversations with the mayor or councilmember and that every single issue addressed will receive follow up from the mayor's staff as well as our civic association president, Sydelle Moore. If you have additional issues, questions or comments, please email us.
There is already a map of sidewalk and street repairs in the hands of our Mayor's Office of Community Relations as well as DDOT to address the specific concerns raised last night. MPD will also be attending the next Langston Civic Association meeting to continue to work on our concerns about recent shootings in the area. The Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement has also dispatched members of their response team to try and help with getting appropriate violence intervention staff to track down and mediate between the parties involved in recent shootings.
The civic association meetings are open to all and we look forward to continuing to work together to enhance civic pride, community engagement and safety. OUR NEXT MEETING WILL BE TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2018 AT 6 PM at 2109 Maryland Ave NE (rear entrance).
President, Langston Civic Association
A research team in the Urban Affairs and Planning program at Virginia Tech is conducting a study on neighborhood built environment, transportation, health, and satisfaction. As the study focuses on the Washington, DC area, the researchers wish to make the study visible to the residents of the Langston neighborhood.
Their study requires minimal effort: (1) answer a 10-minute entry questionnaire about their travel patterns, accessibility, health and perceptions; (2) track their trips using an Android GPS research app for a week; and (3) complete at least 5 brief trip surveys about satisfaction and trip purpose.
By combining these GPS data with other data such as land use, transport system data, we will be able to identify the key factors to boost travel satisfaction, health, and well-being. Although the study does not directly benefit the residents of Langston, its results will be used to recommend transportation and land use policies that improve the current transport system, as well as creating a healthy, livable city.
To thank participants for their time and support, the researchers will send each participant who completes the entire study a $25 Amazon gift card.
More information about the study can be found on our website at http://www.uap.vt.edu/travelmood. Participants can begin participation by downloading the app directly here: http://uap.vt.edu/DaynamicaVT.
If you have any question or concern about our study, please do not hesitate to contact me (Huyen Le, firstname.lastname@example.org, 319-594-0468) or the principal investigator Steve Hankey, at email@example.com , 540.231.7508. We look forward to hearing your response and would be happy to share our study results with you if you are interested.
Note: This study was approved by Virginia Tech Institutional Review Board. We keep participants’ information strictly confidential. We do not record names or any contact information other than email address.