The operating hours of three DC Circulator bus routes will be extended to 11 pm starting Sunday, August 30, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced Thursday.
The routes in question are Union Station – Georgetown, Rosslyn – Dupont Circle, and Woodley Park – Adams Morgan – McPherson Square, which will be operating from 6 am-11 pm on weekdays and 7 am-11 pm on weekends.
The routes of Congress Heights – Union Station and Eastern Market – L’Enfant Plaza will still be operating on normal hours, which last until 9 pm. The National Mall route will remain suspended.
The services had been restricted for months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“As we continue through our COVID-19 response and simultaneous recovery, we remain committed to providing safe and socially distanced transit options,” said Mayor Bowser in a statement.
“Over the past several months, the Circulator has helped many of our essential workers move around the District and get to work. We are proud to have this service available, and happy to be extending the hours so that it works even better for our community.”
DC Circulator keeps all routes free during the public health emergency.
Riders should keep in mind that they are required to wear face coverings/masks at all times. According to the DDOT, the other safety precautions passengers must take against the spread of COVID-19 are as follows:
- Enter and exit the bus using the rear door at all times. The only exceptions are for passengers who need to use the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) boarding ramp or require the bus to “kneel” to facilitate their boarding.
- Once onboard, practice social distancing (keep six feet distance between you and others whenever possible).
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.