New National Mall Route Proposed for Circulator

Mayor Gray will propose funding for new route in latest budget

Saturday, Apr 27, 2013  |  Updated 2:12 PM EDT
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New National Mall Route Proposed for Circulator

Officials hope to have a sixth DC Circulator route in place by late 2015. (Photo by Coolcaesar on Wikipedia. Used under a Creative Commons license.)

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City officials are planning to add a route serving the National Mall to the DC Circulator bus service by late 2015.

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and Councilmember Mary Cheh announced Friday that money to plan the new route will be part of the mayor's budget proposal. Cheh said that the new route would provide "greater access to D.C.'s national treasures."

DC Circulator previously ran a looping route between the Smithsonian and the National Gallery of Art between 2006 and 2011. The route traveled along Constitution Avenue, 1st Street, Independence Avenue, and 17th Street, and ran only on weekends between April and September.

However, that line, along with another that serviced the Southwest Waterfront, was discontinued due to low ridership and redundant service. 

DC Circulator currently has five operating lines.

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