The plan for updated shuttle services in Washington, finalized in March 2011, is slowly but surely being put into action. The latest step forward: brand-new Circulator buses.
On Aug. 1, Mayor Bowser announced the addition of 26 New Flyer Xcelsior buses. These models are made in the United States, use cleaner diesel fuel and come with new bells and whistles.
Riders will now enjoy more frequent rides (every 10 minutes) with real-time arrival accuracy, more convenient stops that are closer together and automated stop announcements. The new fleet also comes with operator-controlled air conditioning, dual-screen infotainment systems, USB ports, WiFi, rear-door boarding capability, lower-to-floor entrances and wheelchair ramps.
This is only the first introduction of new buses. In late fall of 2017, D.C. should expect to see a second wave of buses, including 14 100-percent battery-powered vehicles.