WMATA has posted it’s notice of Public Hearings for BUS Cancelations Please click the link below. This includes the cancellation of the B8/B9 Bus Service from Fort Lincoln to Rhode Island Avenue Station.
The list of bus cancellations is below. Please review for instructions on registering to speak during the hearing. Fort Lincoln B8/B9 service is being cut prior to the construction of nearly 300 new apartments and townhomes in addition to a shopping center and access to key senior services. The current route does not properly service the community, for starters the nearest bus route is more than 1000′ from my home. This is a premature action that we must strategically oppose from happening.
Click The Link below for the September 17, 2015 Hearing Notice.
The previous B8/B9 revision above capitalized on upcoming development, however the new route is completely cancelled, disregarding the lack of service already to this community. Nothing has been done to improve the service given the recent residential development until May of this year through the Single Member District and now it’s slated to be cut to provide service where bus service is already coupled with either metrorail, current bus service, street car, bicycle infrastructure and more walkable communities. This is an injustice to residents given that, again, no enhancements to the service has been made to improve it before cutting it. Not all decisions can be made by just looking at the numbers.
Cutting the service undermines the current increase in density currently under construction in Fort Lincoln, as well as the ability for residents especially seniors from getting access to basic services given the changes in local retail. The Shops at Dakota Crossing once featured a Target & Shoppers Food Warehouse however, given changes in market conditions is now a Lowe’s & Dick’s Sporting Goods. Cancelling the B8/B9 will now take away the nearest grocery and pharmacy option which is in Colmar Manor, Maryland, I might add, for those most at risk. Costco is a members only, wholesale distributor and should be confused with or compared to a grocery store. Not everyone can pay $13.00 minimum per item or have the ability to waste food due to over-sized quantities expiring.
Given the shear number of upcoming residential/retail developments, also with inaccessibility to major entertainment venues already in place, more emphasis should have gone towards, enhancing the service versus cutting it. Be sure to attend the hearing and reach out to City Council to prevent this from happening.