Muriel Bowser

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DC Circulator Buses Will Remain Free in Foreseeable Future

March 19, 2019

If you’re looking for a late-night ride after the D.C. Metro closes, the Circulator will have you covered at no cost for the foreseeable future.

Mayor Muriel Bowser made the city’s Circulator buses free as part of a “Fair Shot February” campaign that extended into March. During Monday night’s State of the District address, Bowser said the free rides will continue.

“We may not think about it, because it’s just $1 each way, $2 a day, but for a working person it adds up,” Bowser said. “And so we went back to our budget books to see what else we could do, and I’m proud to say that we will make the DC Circulator free from now on.”

Several of the Circulator routes run until midnight during the week and 3 a.m. on weekends.

In the annual speech, Bowser requested that Metro operate under its old late-night hours. Currently, the transit system closes at 11:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 11 p.m. on Sundays.

The early closing hours have made it difficult for sports fans and visitors to plan evening trips.

It’s unclear how long the Circulator rides will remain free.

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