I'm working on a post about my Brooklyn/Manhattan/Yonkers adventures, but meanwhile...
For 50 cents, riders will be able to catch a bus and travel between Union Station, the new Washington Convention Center and Georgetown, with stops along K Street. Or they could go along Seventh Street between the new Convention Center, part of the Mall and the Southwest waterfront...
The routes are designed to fill the gaps in existing bus and rail lines, which are oriented toward commuting patterns that get people in and out of Washington's center rather than connecting them to its attractions, retail centers and offices. Boosting that sort of travel would be a boon to economic development and a convenience to users, District business leaders and transportation officials said.
Have I told you yet that my new house in NE is fifteen blocks from the nearest metro, and that the bus lines nearby suck? I lived in the city without a car for ten years, back in my heady Northwest, no-dog days, and while it was annoying sometimes it was doable. No way I could do it in the new 'hood.
My new neighborhood is almost entirely residential and working class. My neighbors are DC residents who live and work and pay taxes in the city. Why do we have to put up with such shitty public transportation? Why should someone in Crystal City be able to zip from their high-rise to 14th and K in 15 minutes by train while my neighbors and I must wait for ages on nasty H Street for a bus that never has enough seats? I think it's because we're black.
OK, not me particularly but if you look at the Metro map it's easy to see that large swathes of ungentrified, residential areas in the city are vastly underserved, while commuters from the 'burbs barely have time to peruse the Style section as they're whisked door to door in air-conditioned comfort. I call bullshit.
This goes right along with my long-held theory that when there's a wait for tables in a restaurant, especially patio tables in the spring, those of us with DC addresses should be seated first. If people like Ballston and Bethesda, with their chain restaurants and responsive police departments and schools that "teach" enough to live there, then they should be there drinking crappy beer at Champs while I sip cocktails with the cool kids on 17th St.
Viva le urbanites!