If you have plans to use the Metro this weekend, you should check out this announcement from WMATA. Beginning Friday at 10:00 pm there will be major trackwork done that will require shutting down the Red Line between NoMa and Dupont Circle (meaning Farragut North, Metro Center, Gallery Place, Judiciary Square, and Union Station will not have Red Line service). There is also work being done on the Orange Line so that will add to Metro train delays. Free shuttle buses will be available, but in my experience, you are better off finding some other form of transportation because the delays will be really long. This is a real bummer for those who were expecting to ride Metro to check out the Union Market, opening this Saturday.
This is for those of us stuck in town for the labor day weekend. From the WMATA website:
Red Line trains will single track between Rhode Island Avenue and Fort Totten to allow for platform reconstruction. Throughout the weekend, Red Line trains will operate between Shady Grove and Glenmont every 15 minutes in each direction. On Saturday and Sunday, between 9:30 a.m. and 9 p.m., additional trains will operate between Shady Grove and NoMa-Gallaudet U stations, providing service an average of every 7-8 minutes between these stations. Red Line customers traveling through the work zone should allow about 10 minutes of additional travel time.
I live close enough to Metro that I can walk, but far enough for a walk to be annoying when I’m in a hurry or there’s bad weather. That’s why I looked at the bus stop just steps from my house with a mixture of hope and suspicion shortly after I moved to Brookland from Virginia. I mean, it was an urban bus, bound to be uncomfortable and dirty, right?
Then one day the issue was forced on me by having to wear a suit and tie to work and facing the prospect of walking to Metro on a 100+ degree day. No. I decided to brave the bus, and I realized then how silly I’d been all along.
Brookland is blessed by Metro buses that are comfortable, always air conditioned, and reasonably clean. Most of the lines criss-crossing the neighborhood debark at either the Brookland-CUA or Rhode Island Avenue metro stops, making just about any corner of Brookland easily accessible to Metrorail and other points. Some important lines are:
- The H8 bus corridor, running from Brookland-CUA to Rhode Island Avenue metro stop by way of 12th Street, and which goes as far as Mount Pleasant.
- The 80 bus, coming down 12th Street on the north side of the neighborhood, turning on Monroe, down Michigan Avenue and ultimately going to Metro Center and points beyond by way of North Capitol Street.
- The G8 bus, coming from Michigan Park down Monroe and debarking at Brookland-CUA metro stop, and also heading downtown by way of Rhode Island Avenue.
- The H6 bus, serving most of the 14th Street corridor and stopping at Brookland-CUA.
- The E2/E3 buses, serving Brookland’s eastern border along 18th street and heading to the Fort Totten metro stop for connection to the Green and Yellow lines.
What about catching the bus in the nick of time? For Android users, there’s a fantastic app called DC Metro Transit that lists all DC bus lines and informs you when the next one will arrive at your stop. It is accurate down to the minute about 98% of the time, but once in a long while there seems to be a glitch somewhere (probably on WMATA’s end). I don’t know what the equivalent iPhone app is, if you know then please list it in the comments.
So enjoy your buses, Brookland, they’ll take you just about anywhere you need to go from just about anywhere in the neighborhood!