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Circulator Riders Not Happy About Cuts

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The District hosted a hearing on its Circulator bus cuts, and it got an earful.
David Schultz
The District hosted a hearing on its Circulator bus cuts, and it got an earful.

When the Circulator began almost six years ago, it was a tiny, supplemental bus service, designed to take people in and around downtown.

Since then, its size has grown -- so much, in fact, that a hearing on proposed cuts to Circulator service draws a large crowd to this tiny hotel conference room...a large, angry crowd.

"The Circulator routes are going where certain people want it to go. Period," Mattie Sharpless says.

The District is ending its National Mall route this week, and its proposing the same for its Convention Center - Southwest Waterfront route for later this year.

That last one is what has Sharpless upset.

"That's my problem," she says. "I live in Southwest Washington, on the waterfront, where they're getting ready to build new buildings, new townhouses, new apartments, all of that. And they're cutting it out!"

The Circulator cuts, as well as a proposed $0.50 fare hike, are subject to approval from the City Council and the mayor.

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