The D.C. Council appears poised to seek a major expansion of Circulator bus routes to serve new neighborhoods and the Mall, but the move could come at a price: Some fares could be double the current rate.
The popular red and gray buses supplement standard bus service by shuttling passengers between entertainment and shopping districts. The buses, which charge $1 a ride, reach Woodley Park, Georgetown, downtown, Capitol Hill, the Navy Yard and the Skyland area of Ward 7.
But on Thursday, a council committee is expected to support a substantial increase in the system’s range of service. Under the plan, prepared by council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3), Circulator bus routes would extend to U Street and Howard University, Southwest Washington, Glover Park and Washington National Cathedral. The city is also working with the National Park Service to launch a route on the Mall, where tourists would be shuttled to monuments and museums.