- Southwest awaits. (Photo: WMATA)
WMATA is super excited to let you know about a new 6.9-mile bus route that'll debut September 25 — the "74 Convention Center/Southwest Waterfront," which will run every 18 minutes during peak hours, every 24 minutes otherwise, operate 20 hours a day seven days a week, and connect the waterfront neighborhood of Southwest Washington, D.C. with downtown.
The new route "marks the culmination of months of work with the Southwest community including elected officials, the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly, stakeholders and residents," according to WMATA's announcement. What this means is a lot of commercial frenzy, and WMATA is already preparing brochures and newspaper ads to let people know that Southwest D.C. exists and is now ready for you to come on by, just a bus ride away. It's apparently got sports and food and a bunch of other stuff.
This announcement comes after recent news that WMATA will likely be shuffling up their bus routes over the next few months, expanding some service and cutting others, in the name of efficiency.
Here's six facts about Southwest D.C. to get you excited about its Metrobus-accessible existence:
• Southwest is the smallest corridor of the four in D.C.
• Yet somehow there are five neighborhoods that fit in there?
• And Southwest D.C. has its own newspaper! It has the rather cute name of The Southwester. The September issue includes photos to highlight of a "Southwest D.C. Waterfront Boat Home Tour" and lots of info about the Nationals and SW ArtsFest 2011.
• Want to know how lovely the neighborhood is? "Streets are wonderfully sprinkled with pink and white Japanese cherry trees along with trees with purple flora." That's straight from it's community website, so you know you can trust it.
• Marvin Gaye is a former resident, so you know it's sexy.
• Apparently a lot of the S.W. housing was redeveloped in the '50s and '60s, according to one realtor there, who offers multiple condos and townhouses for like $150,000 to $200,000.
So get enthused and maybe take a bus to this little corridor of D.C. when you get a chance once September 25 hits.