Metro Considers Cutting Bus Stops

Public hearings next week

By Jane Watrel
|  Friday, May 4, 2012  |  Updated 9:58 PM EDT
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Jane Watrel reports on Metro's plan to cut bus stops.  There will be public meetings to figure out which stops to cut.

Jane Watrel

Jane Watrel reports on Metro's plan to cut bus stops. There will be public meetings to figure out which stops to cut.

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Metro wants to close several bus stops across the region to improve efficiency and on-time performance. The transit agency is turning to the public to figure out which stops to eliminate.

The 70 – Metro’s Georgia Avenue-Seventh Street line – is one of the most heavily traveled in the District, but it also makes frequent stops that frustrate some riders.

Metro is holding a series of hearings next week to see which bus stops -- if any – should be scrapped on that and some other routes.

“This is just the first step in this whole process,” said Metro spokeswoman Caroline Lukas. “It’s a chance for the public to voice their input and let us know what they think about the idea of bus consolidation along these two routes.”

Cutting bus stops also would save money.

“The goal here is to improve on-time performance and efficiency, and there is also a chance for us to recoup some money as well,” Lukas said.

The exact bus stops that could be cut won't be determined until summer.

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