Last year I testified at WMATA’s Public Hearing mostly in disbelief that the only options for fixing our bus ridership was to cut the B8/B9 and re-route the H6 to service the shopping center. There was no consideration for upcoming development, changing community demographics or proximity to basic services; just a focus on return on investment which for Fort Lincoln can’t be the determining factor with the large concentration of senior residents.
However, this year was different, there was better coordination with WMATA and more residents from the community at the table to discuss their riding habits. Although the B8/B9 is proposed to be cut again, there are a few new options which may increase ridership, continue service to Colmar Manor and finally gain access to Ivy City.
The screenshot below describes the extent of the changes. The link to the entire document is here. 071416_3APublicHearing2016BusSOGO