metro: move over ol’ 42, there’s an express!
I thought I was seeing things or that the driver didn’t turn on the sign properly the other day when I saw a 43 bus headed down Columbia Road, but apparently not. According to this press release, the main difference between 42 and 43 will be the 43 going under Dupont Circle on its way downtown. Jim Graham sent out the following message to the Columbia Heights mailing list:
I am pleased to announce improved bus service from Downtown to Mount Pleasant via Adams Morgan.
During peak periods only, half of the Route 42–now renamed route 43–buses now travel under DuPont Circle in order to avoid traffic congestion. This reduces travel time by 25% between Farragut North and Adams Morgan.
The existing Route 42 service schedule continues to be every 2 to 5 minutes during peak periods.
I’m not so sure about that last line: 2 to 5 minutes, my ass. But it is true that the biggest bottleneck to the 42 line is trying to navigate around the circle. I’m curious how people are going to find out about the changes. There were no signs up inside the buses that I saw and even that press release wasn’t easy to find on their website, but any express, even only slightly more express, route is a good thing.
It doesn’t change the fact that this morning, I didn’t see no 42 bus after 5 minutes and walked to the store instead. Sick days plus crock pot meals are such a good thing.