One year after the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) created the K9 limited-stop bus service from the Fort Totten Metro Station to Northwest Park, it is extending the service to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)/Federal Research Center beginning December 29. The service will further help relieve crowding along the busy New Hampshire Avenue corridor, providing buses every 16 to 18 minutes during morning and evening weekday rush hours.
“The extension of Metro’s K9 bus route will make a tremendous difference on busy New Hampshire Avenue, which has the third highest bus ridership in Maryland,” said Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett. “A year ago, I applauded Metro’s initiation of the K9 service and urged them to extend it to the FDA in White Oak. I want to thank both Metro and the Maryland Department of Transportation for the new service and look forward to similar expanded service on the Veirs Mill Road and Georgia Avenue corridors.”
The K9 service has been very successful, increasing ridership from about 500 passengers a day when it first began to frequently exceeding 1,000 passengers a day. In addition, the overall ridership along the New Hampshire corridor, which includes Metro’s K6 more local service, has increased. The K9 extension is part of Metro’s Better Bus improvement program, a $5 million initiative to improve on-time performance and reliability while reducing crowding for customers.
Details about the new K9 route and schedule are available on Metro’s website.
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