Metro Mulling All-Night Bus Service

Service could fill gaps overnight

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|  Tuesday, Sep 10, 2013  |  Updated 7:39 PM EDT
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Metro Mulling All-Night Bus Service

WMATA is considering the eventual addition of some all-night Metrobus lines.

Metro is trying to gauge interest in all-night bus service.

The Washington region is one of only a few metropolitan areas that does not run buses all night, and many riders, especially those who work nights, have expressed interest in the service, WMATA officials told the Washington Post.

WMATA'S Director of Bus Planning, Jim Hamre, is scheduled to speak Tuesday evening at the monthly meeting of a Montgomery County-based group called Action Committee for Transit, a group that is devoted to improving public transit.

Metro will hold similar discussion groups around the region to determine where to add the late night service, which might fill gaps for riders who need to get around after Metro rail service ends.

"With the economies of downtown we are trying to figure out: is there now enough demand?” Hamre told the Post.

Any service expansion would happen down the line. There is currently no funding for the all-night service, Hamre said, and funding is not likely until the fiscal 2014 or fiscal 2015 budgets.

The ACT meeting takes place Tuesday night at 7:30 in the Silver Spring Civic Center.

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