In 2019, almost as many District residents rode Metrobus as Metrorail each day. However, over the last decade, average bus speeds have declined. DDOT is working to improve bus travel speeds and reliability across the District through bus priority projects and program areas.
For more information about DDOT’s Bus Priority Program or to submit feedback please contact us at [email protected].
Bus priority corridors provide improvements to help make transit faster and more reliable along the District’s busiest bus routes.
View the Bus Priority Plan and Toolbox.
Three Car Free Lanes in high-traffic corridors support improved efficiency in bus travel and create space for bicyclists, particularly as the region returns to work following the COVID-19 public health emergency.
To improve bus performance on one of the most heavily trafficked bus corridors in the District, DDOT made the bus lanes on H & I Streets NW in the Downtown and Golden Triangle areas permanent effective November 2019.
The K Street Transitway will transform one of the District's major east-west corridors, K Street, NW, with vast improvements to benefit bus riders, motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians.
DDOT installed bus lanes and other street design improvements are being installed on 14th Street NW in the Columbia Heights neighborhood to improve traffic flow and safety.
With the goal of responding to bus overcrowding and reliability issues on a corridor that serves more than 20,000 riders each weekday, DDOT is installing a bus lane on 16th Street NW between H Street and Arkansas Avenue.
The Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast planning study is focused on improving safety and mobility for bicyclists, pedestrians, transit, and vehicular travel from the west side of the Sousa Bridge to 2nd Street SE.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE Bus Priority project is focused on improving bus operations and safety from Good Hope Road SE to St. Elizabeths East Campus, building upon the pilot Car Free Lanes.
The Minnesota Avenue SE Bus Priority project will identify improvements for bus operations and multimodal safety between Pennsylvania Avenue SE and East Capitol.
The Columbia Road NW Bus Priority project will make Columbia Road NW a safer corridor for all roadway users and prioritize the speed, efficiency, and reliability of bus transit, consistent with priorities identified through District-wide planning efforts and other initiatives.
The 11th Street NW Bus Priority project is focused on improving bus operations and safety between Pennsylvania Avenue NW and Massachusetts Avenue NW.
The 8th Street NE Bus Priority project is focused on improving bus operations and safety between Florida Avenue NE and East Capitol Street NE.
The H Street NW Bus Priority project seeks to improve bus speeds and reliability between 14th Street NW and North Capitol.