WMATA has settled on a route for its new 16th Street short turn bus. The new service will run every 13 minutes from Harvard Street to downtown DC, from 7:30-9:15 am. It will begin on March 25.
The new route is intended to relieve extreme overcrowding on the southern portion of 16th Street during the morning rush.
Previously, WMATA had only considered running the route as far north as Meridian Hill Park. Metro bus planner Jim Hamre says that had been based on the assumption that only 2 buses would be available. Since 3 are actually available, they can go a little further north and maintain frequent enough service to make a difference.
Hamre announced the new plan at last night’s Dupont Circle ANC meeting. Commissioner Kishan Putta, who organized earlier community meetings to push for the the change, then introduced a resolution of support, which the ANC approved.
The route will not be called the S3, as I originally thought. It will simply be called the “S2 Short.” For riders on 16th Street, it will look like any other S2.
Cross-posted at BeyondDC.