Southeast Snubbed; Bus Expansion to Va. Approved

By Ashley E. Brown
|  Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010  |  Updated 3:17 PM EDT
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Southeast Snubbed; Bus Expansion to Va. Approved

They might paint a "Rosslyn" dot on the DC Circulator buses.

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If you look up places to go using the somewhat flirtatious DC Circulator Web site (really, it greets you with lines like "I come here often" and "I'm a cheap date"), Arlington may soon be an option.

The D.C. Council Public Works and Transportation Committee has approved a plan have the Circulator cross into Virginia. The 5-year-old bus route is not currently allowed to run outside the District, according to the Examiner.

While it could be great news for Rosslyn-area commuters, it comes with disappointing news for southeast D.C. The council committee also rejected a proposal to expand the Circulator across the Anacostia river -- a move that's tugging on Councilman Kwame Brown's sense of morality.

"My conscience won't allow me to leave people out," said Brown, the one committee member who voted against the Rosslyn legislation. He proposed a route between Union Station in Southeast.

Whether or not it's fair to southeast D.C. commuters, the bill to get the Circulator riding into Virginia will now move to the full council for a vote. Other councilmembers are asking for more ridership data before agreeing to any expansion.

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