Jun 5, 2023 - Transit

D.C. transportation budget adds overnight buses, delays K Street redo

K Street traffic shows cars in congestion

A contentious remake of K Street downtown was delayed. Photo: Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The District is funding overnight Metrobus service, replacing an H Street NE bridge that’s key for Union Station’s future, and delaying a contentious remake of K Street downtown.

Why it matters: Next fiscal year’s transportation budget will include some immediate changes — and longterm planning for major projects.

  • The D.C. Council last week approved the city’s budget. Here are some of the highlights:

🌙 Overnight Metrobus

There will be 24/7 service on 13 bus lines:

  • 32, 33, 52, 70, 90, A6, A8, B2, H4, S2, V2, W4, and the X2.

The council put in $12 million for the service enhancement.

🛤️ H Street NE “Hopscotch” Bridge

$210 million is set aside to replace the bridge on H Street NE that spans Amtrak and Metro tracks behind Union Station. The aging structure is known for its whimsical tile art.

The Hopscotch Bridge kids mural
The kids mural on the Hopscotch Bridge. Photo: Marvin Joseph /The Washington Post via Getty Images

🚦 The K Street Transitway

Mayor Bowser really, really, wanted it; the council shrugged. In the end, the K Street Transitway — which would have added median bus lanes on K Street, but not bicycle lanes — has been delayed.

Ⓜ️ NoMa Metro

Lawmakers re-added $45 million to build a new entrance at the NoMa Metro station and a pedestrian tunnel to connect Florida Avenue NE and Union Market.

🚌 Circulator service

Circulator service will live on, after the council reversed the mayor’s proposed cuts to three lines.

Between the lines: You might recall council members originally wanted to make all buses free in D.C., even a $100 monthly SmarTrip stipend to use on Metrorail — but those plans are on hold for now.


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