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The Metrobus "A Lines" Study (En Español)

Quick Facts:

  • Who is involved? The study is a partnership between Metro and the District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT).
  • What is being studied? The Anacostia-Congress Heights Line (Metrobus routes A2, A6, A8, A42, A46, and A48); the Anacostia-Fort Drum Line (A4, A5); and the South Capitol Street Line (A9).
  • Where is the corridor located? The A Line runs from Anacostia Metro Station along Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue to several locations in Southeast DC, including Fort Drum (A4, A5) and Southern Avenue (A2, A6, A7, A8).  The A9 is an express service that runs mostly along South Capitol Street between Southern Avenue and L’Enfant Plaza.  The A42, A46, and A48 routes are late-night services that run between Southern Avenue & South Capitol Street and 10th Street & Pennsylvania Avenue NW when Metrorail is not operating.
  • Why was this corridor chosen for study? The routes on the A Line have a combined weekday ridership of nearly 15,000 passengers, one of the highest riderships in the Metrobus system. In spite of its popularity, the A Line has some service and operational issues that need to be resolved in order to provide a better experience for riders. As the study progresses, specific challenges facing the line will be identified and potential solutions will be recommended.
  • When did the study begin? The study began in February 2011. Metro and DDOT will study the line over the spring and summer, and expect to have preliminary recommendations for improvements ready for Metro Board approval by fall of 2011.
  • How will service on the line be improved? One thing Metro and DDOT will be relying on to answer this question is input from A Line riders. A survey of riders was conducted on the A Line on Thursday, March 24. Public meetings were held in May and July to solicit more feedback from riders. Please visit this page again in the coming months to learn more about the study as it progresses.

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Where are we in the study?

At this time, the A Line project team has conducted all of the study's major tasks: the rider survey; traffic assessment; transit assessment; and all three public meetings. The project team has put forth a set of recommendations for the A Lines, which you can read here. It's not too late to comment on the recommendations, however — you can ask questions and give your input via e-mail. The next steps in the process will be for Metro and DDOT to 1) review the recommendations for any final refinements, 2) complete the final report summary, and 3) submit the plan to the Metro Board for approval.

Please note: Effective December 22, 2011, the hours of the Fare Sales Office at Anacostia Metro Station have been extended to 7:00 pm on Thursdays.


Reports & Publications:

Final Summary Report (January 2012)
Traffic Operations Assessment
(June 2011)
Transit Service Assessment
(June 2011)
Public Meeting #3
: Display Boards (September 2011)
Public Meeting #2
: Display Boards (July 2011)
Public Meeting #1
: Display Boards (May 2011)
Rider Survey: Preliminary Results (April 2011)
Project Information: Fact Sheet (April 2011)


Rider Survey:

Metro and DDOT staff conducted a survey of riders on the A Line on Thursday, March 24. Paper surveys were distributed on A Line buses and handed out at Anacostia Metro Station and a few other stops along the line throughout the day. An on-line version of the survey was available on this web page for two months after the paper version was distributed. If you missed the A Line rider survey but would still like to give your input about how Metro and DDOT should make improvements, please send an e-mail directly to the project team!


Maps and Timetables for the Metrobus A Lines:



Click on the icon to see a map of the combined A Line routes

Routes A2/6/7/8/42/46/48 (Anacostia-Congress Heights Line)

Routes A4/W5 (Anacostia-Fort Drum Line)

Metro Extra Route A9 (South Capitol Street Line)


Events:

Public Meeting #3. The third and final public meeting for the A Lines study was hosted by WMATA and DDOT on Thursday, September 15, 2011 at the Petey Greene Community Center, on Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE just north of Malcolm X Avenue.  The purpose of the meeting was to receive input on recommendations for improvements to the Metrobus “A Lines”. Riders of the A routes and members of the community came out to learn about the recommendations and give their feedback on them.

Public Meeting #2.
WMATA and DDOT held the second of three planned public meetings for the Metrobus A Lines study on July 6, 2011. Like the first public meeting, the second was held at Savoy Elementary School in Anacostia. For the rider survey, the focus group, and the first public meeting this spring, the project team sought to collect as much input as possible about problems on the A Lines and suggestions for solving those problems. Having heard directly from riders of the A Lines about the improvements they would like to see, the project team conducted additional analysis and created a set of improvement concepts to make the service run more reliably. These improvement concepts were presented at the second public meeting so that riders could be kept up to speed and give their feedback on potential improvement to the A Lines.

Public Meeting #1. The first public meeting for the A Line Study was held by Metro and DDOT on May 10, 2011 at Savoy Elementary School in Anacostia. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss issues and problems with the A Line bus service and suggest possible ways to solve them. About 25 riders of the A routes attended the open house-style meeting and offered their input. The project team is now using what it heard from participants at the meeting to develop a set of improvement concepts that will be presented at the next public meeting in summer 2011.