Free D.C. Circulator Rides Have One Last Hope

June 24, 2019

Even after the D.C. city council opted not to include funding to keep the circulator free in next year’s budget, there’s still a chance it will be. 

Council member Brandon Todd introduced the “DC Circulator Equity Act of 2019,” which if passed would permanently keep the fares free. Mayor Muriel Bowser, who made rides free on all routes earlier this year, is calling on her peers to act. 

“We have an opportunity before us to make Washington, DC a leader in offering public transportation that is both accessible and equitable,” Bowser said in a statement. “It is true: for some, the $1 fare is nominal; for many others, though - especially for our most vulnerable neighbors - it is prohibitive.” 

Bowser made the rides free as part of a Fair Shot February promotion and kept rides free in March. The council opted not to include funding for the free circulator program in the budget despite the mayor’s report indicating ridership has increased in the last three months. 

Without new legislation, the free rides will end Sept. 30. 

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