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Bowser Administration Celebrates 15 Years of DC Circulator Bus Service

Monday, July 27, 2020

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Bowser Administration Celebrates 15 Years of DC Circulator Bus Service

Service has clocked almost 65 million affordable, efficient trips 

(Washington, DC) – This month, the Bowser Administration celebrates 15 years of DC Circulator service, the region’s fourth largest bus system that connects residents, visitors, and commuters to the District’s main attractions and liveliest corridors.

“The DC Circulator has made almost 65 million trips over 15 years, which is an incredible milestone and proof that when we make transit affordable and accessible, residents, commuters, and visitors will use it,” said District Department of Transportation (DDOT) Director Jeff Marootian. “DC Circulator is an integral part of Mayor Bowser’s efforts to make the District the greenest, most livable city in the country and reduce our collective reliance on single-occupancy vehicles.”

The system began operating in 2005 with just two routes: Georgetown – Union Station and Convention Center – Southwest Waterfront. Since then, DC Circulator has grown to serve six distinct routes with 139 stops across the District and Rosslyn, Virginia.

As one of the Washington region’s most sustainable bus systems, more than half of DC Circulator’s 72 buses use clean or renewable energy sources, with plans to convert the entire fleet to sustainable vehicles by 2029. DDOT was recognized by the Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition in both 2018 and 2019 for its work to expand clean transportation.

In the 2021 DC Hope Budget, Mayor Bowser invests $6.5 million to maintain the reliability of the bus system and acquire electric charging stations for the fleet. The Transit Development Plan 2020 Update, which will recommend a new Ward 7 route by 2022, is currently underway.

For more information on DC Circulator, please visit www.dccirculator.com.


The mission of the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is to enhance the quality of life for District residents and visitors by ensuring that people, goods, and information move efficiently and safely with minimal adverse impact on residents and the environment.

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