Just posted! Better Bus webinar & new dates

Thank you to all who joined us for our June 11 webinar with leading Metro staff to learn about WMATA’s proposed 2025 Better Bus Network – check out the video recording and the powerpoint!

Fast, frequent, and reliable public transit is a core part of CSG’s vision for the region as presented in our Blueprint for a Better Region – and you can support that vision by showing strong support for great bus service and sharing your feedback on the Metro Better Bus Network. 

Metro carries 73% of the region’s bus riders, and ridership is back to pre-pandemic levels. Bus ridership currently surpasses Metrorail ridership and is critical for access to jobs and services for our workforce. The 2025 Bus Network Redesign updates the decades-old existing bus network to offer more frequent service at more times of day, more direct routes, and better access to jobs.

No one knows your neighborhood and your bus routes better than you do – which is why it’s so important for you to check out the proposed 2025 route changes and share your comments!

Take part in online and in-person engagement opportunities!

There are several opportunities to learn about proposed route changes and get your questions answered. Learn more about these opportunities.

Virtual public hearings:

  • Tuesday, June 18, 10am to 12pm
  • Monday, June 24, 4 to 6pm

Discovery Days (fun events with easy ways to check out the routes and share comments):

  • Thursday, June 20, 3 to 7pm, at Columbia Heights Educational Campus
  • Wednesday, June 26, 3 to 7pm at Creative Suitland Arts Center

Pop-Ups at Metro Stations (easy to check out the routes and provide comments):

  • Monday, June 17, 3 to 7pm at Rhode Island Avenue Metro Station
  • Tuesday, June 18, 7 to 11am at Friendship Heights Metro Station
  • Friday, June 21, 3 to 7pm at Southern Avenue Metro Station
  • Tuesday, June 25, 3 to 7pm at Capitol Heights Metro Station

Important Background

The proposed 2025 Better Bus Network, can be considered phase 1 of Metro’s Visionary Bus Network, and will use existing funding to provide:

  • More frequent all-day, all-week service.
  • More connections to job centers, transit stations, and hospitals.
  • More convenient and direct service, saving time.
  • More reliable service using dedicated bus lanes.
  • New route names making the system more understandable.
    • D for DC downtown routes
    • C for DC crosstown routes
    • M for Montgomery
    • P for Prince George’s
    • A for Alexandria and Arlington
    • F for Fairfax County, Fairfax City and Falls Church

The fully realized Visionary Bus Network will double the number of new riders and also make transit a convenient option for 200,000 more trips and provide access to 17,000 more jobs. The Visionary Network proposes 30 new routes, a regionwide 24-hour network, and at least 30-minute frequency on all routes throughout the day, with many routes at 12- and 20-minute frequency. But it also would also require about 35% more funding for Metro and local bus systems.

CSG will be fighting for the additional funding as we participate in the COG/WMATA #DMVMoves task force discussions, and your feedback and support for great bus service will help us make the case for more funding. 

So join us in commenting on the 2025 Better Bus Network while campaigning for a visionary transit network and the dedicated funding it deserves.