D.C. Circulator bus route on National Mall ends

WASHINGTON (AP) - The District of Columbia Department of Transportation is ending Circulator bus service on the National Mall, citing low ridership.

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Service was to resume Friday on the Smithsonian-National Gallery of Art route after a winter break. But that bus route will end, even as crowds visit the Tidal Basin for the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
The agency says the route averaged 2,400 passengers a month last year between April 1 and Sept. 30 - or fewer than 11 passengers an hour. That meant the district was subsidizing the cost at an average of $11.50 per trip.

The agency plans to redirect funds from the National Mall route to extend the hours of a bus link between Union Station and the Navy Yard. It runs later hours on Washington Nationals game days.

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