Sunday, September 15, 2013

Bus changes affecting DC residents, Ward 7 highlighted

Ward 7 resident and transpo and planning expert extraordinaire Veronica Davis has shared important information about how changes WMATA is considering will impact residents of Ward 7, though the changes being proposed also involve other parts of the city.

Nonprofits of all kinds―jobs and training, health care, social service, behavioral health, early childhood development, out-of-school time―have skin in this game precisely because their clients/constituents have skin in the game.   What to do:

  1. Study the information provided by WMATA paying attention to all the changes (since your clients may cross state lines)
  2. Plan ways to share the information with your clients/constituents.   Perhaps you'll add a few minutes to already-scheduled meetings of all kinds and encourage people to ask you for more information after the meeting.
  3. Schedule a special meeting for staff, clients, constituents to review the changes and, if needed, develop response to give to WMATA.

The message from Davis:

WMATA is proposing bus changes that will effect Ward 7 residents. I've attached more detailed information about the route changes.

Routes in Ward 7 proposed for improvement: 31, 32, 36, 96, 97, U2, V7, V8, V9

Routes in Ward 7 proposed for reduction or elimination: 34, M2

Whether you support, oppose, or have questions about these changes, please let your voice be heard. There are 2 ways to be heard:

1) Metrobus Service Changes Survey
You can participate in a survey on Metro’s options for bus service changes. The survey will close on September 24, 2013 at 5 p.m. and is available in English, Spanish, and other languages upon request. This option is in addition to your ability to speak at a public hearing or to submit a written statement, and will be included in the public record. Click here to begin the survey

2) Attend one of the public hearings
Come out and be heard at one of the WMATA hearings. All hearings start at 6pm.

Monday, September 16
Oxon Hill Library
6200 Oxon Hill Road
Oxon Hill, MD

Monday, September 16
Bailey’s Elementary School Cafeteria
6111 Knollwood Drive
Falls Church, VA

Tuesday, September 17
Shirlington Library
4200 Campbell Avenue
Arlington, VA

Tuesday, September 17
DC Dept. of Treasury, 2nd Floor Conference Room
1101 4th Street SW
Washington, DC

Wednesday, September 18
The Atrium at Treetops
8181 Professional Place #200
Hyattsville, MD

Thursday, September 19
LaSalle Elementary School Auditorium
501 Riggs Road NE
Washington, DC

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