EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT!
There is a new Metrobus route that Metro hasn't announced!
BREAKING NEWS -- YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST
Hmmmm ... Where to start.
On most days, I bus to work - usually taking the 42 (or if I am lucky the H1) because both of them literally stop right outside my door. Hence why this article is of particular importance to me - and anyone else who rides the 42. Yesterday, I happened to notice a Metro truck sitting outside one of the 42's stops in Adams Morgan. Since it was nowhere near an actual Metrorail station, I figured they must be doing something at the stop, perhaps preparing for the installation of a shelter, or something else excited - but I honestly did not think much of it.
Last night, since it was so nice out - I decided to walk home. Normally on my walk home I don't follow the route of the 42, since it goes slightly out of the way of the convenient way home for me. But last night was special, I needed to pick up something on 18th Street in AdMo - so for the rest of my walk home I followed the 42 bus route, which runs along Columbia Road. I was walking on the North side of the street and happened to look up at the Metrobus stop sign ... and noticed something a little off. The usual suspects were up there - the 42 and the H1, but something new was between them ... the 43.
What -- the 43?? I know! I immediately wanted to know what it was and what it meant. I got home and headed right to the *NEW* WMATA website (sidebar: I kind of liked when metroopensdoors.com sent you to the little graphic of the train doors opening and then redirected to wmata.com) to search for the new 43 route. You know what ... this article is a waste of time, just go read about the bus on the website. OH WAIT! You can't!
That's right - the signage is up, the changes have been put in motion - but nothing on Metro's website. The route isn't mentioned on the maps or in the timetables, and there isn't even a press release about it. Shocking. So I made a call to WMATA's Office of Media Relations in order to get the deets ... surprisingly they actually had them, yet had just decided not to let the public know about this upcoming change.
Route 43 will go into effect on Sunday, December 28th. It will be a weekday rush hour only service, between 750am and 915am (meaning it will only run Southbound). About 1/2 of the buses currently designated as 42s will henceforth be badged as 43s. It will run between Mount Pleasant and Farragut Square. It seems to me that the 43 will just be the 42 buses that currently run between MtP and FSq - so there will be no service increases or reductions.
So this really wasn't the "extra, extra!" that was advertised ... no real changes - but it is exciting that there is a new bus in the neighborhood.