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Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Delivering on Mayor Bowser’s Promise to Improve Quality and Reliability

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Delivering on Mayor Bowser’s Promise to Improve Quality and Reliability

Washington DC — Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced that Monday October 1  will mark a transition of the day-to-day operations and maintenance of the DC Circulator system from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) to the District’s new vendor, RATP Dev. WMATA had oversight in the running of day-to-day operations since the launch of DC Circulator in 2005 under a contract it had awarded to First Transit.

"Mayor Bowser has made substantial investments in the DC Circulator and this move to bring direct oversight of the system under District control is an exciting milestone for DDOT and DC Circulator," said DDOT Director Jeff Marootian. "I want to thank all the hard work and effort of DDOT, WMATA, outgoing operator, First Transit, and the incoming RATP Dev staff during the transition period."

DDOT's assumption of direct oversight responsibilities for the DC Circulator builds on Mayor Bowser's efforts to improve service quality and reliability. These efforts include the recent purchase of 40 new buses, including the largest fleet of electric buses on the east coast, and the first reconfiguration of routes in years.

RATP Dev will be responsible for operating the six Circulator routes and maintaining the 72-bus fleet in support of nearly 5 million annual trips. RATP Dev has managed and operated transit systems throughout the U.S. since 1972, and today supports 40 cities and communities throughout North America.

While the transition will largely be invisible to riders, DDOT noted that there may be temporary impacts during the transition. “DC Circulator has always been committed to providing quality, affordable and convenient transportation service across Washington, DC,” said DDOT Director Jeff Marootian. “The changes we are making now will lead to better reliability, service and customer support.”

Riders are urged to monitor Circulator social media channels and website for any service advisories and to report any concerns to DDOT.