Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that, beginning today, Monday, Jan. 28, DC Circulator bus rides will be free for one month. The free rides (regular fare: $1) are part of Fair Shot February, an initiative to make it easier for Washingtonians to get where they need to go and take advantage of opportunities around the city. The last day of the program is Thursday, Feb. 28.
There are six Circulator routes in the District, include two that operate in Georgetown: between Wisconsin Avenue at 35th Street and Union Station; and between Dupont Circle and Rosslyn, Virginia. Hours for the two Georgetown routes are: Monday to Thursday, 6 a.m. to midnight; Friday, 6 a.m. to 3 a.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. to 3 a.m.; and Sunday, 7 a.m. to midnight.
The red and yellow buses, which made their first appearance in 2005, run every 10 minutes (at least on paper) and make nearly five million trips annually.
“A free Circulator is one way we can use our resources to break down barriers to opportunity — but it’s certainly not the only way,” the mayor said in a press release.
Also during Fair Shot February, Mayor Bowser will host Budget Engagement Forums, at which she will hear from District residents about how they want the city’s budget to be spent, before the new budget is finalized.
Forums, open to residents of all eight wards, will be held on Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Arthur Capper Community Center; on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Deanwood Recreation Center; and on Monday, Feb. 25, at Roosevelt High School. For those who are homebound, there will be a Senior Telephone Town Hall on Monday, Feb. 11, at noon.
More information about Fair Shot February is available at mayor.dc.gov.