DC Circulator Newsletter: Spring 2015
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Circulator Rides into Summer Hours 

The days are getting longer and so are the hours you can ride Circulator. We have extended service hours for the summer season on Union Station - Navy Yard and Potomac Avenue - Skyland via Barracks Row routes. Service on both routes run two additional hours on weeknights and Saturday service has been restored.
New hours are as follows:
Monday – Friday, 6am – 9pm
 Saturday, 7am – 9pm
No service on Sunday.
 Extended hours will run through October 3, 2015.

Bus Stop Relocation Alert:

Union Station - Navy Yard

Detail of Union Station Stops 
Buses at Union Station (blue line) headed in the direction of Navy Yard now only serve the stop at Massachusetts Avenue NE and Columbus Circle NE before turning right at Columbus Circle NE and heading south on Second Street, NE.
Buses on this route no longer service the First Street and Massachusetts Avenue NE or Second Street and Massachusetts Avenue NE bus stops headed eastbound. 

For real time service alerts and updates, be sure to follow us on Twitter: @DCCirculator

Bust to the ballpark with Circulator

Take Me Out:

Let us Be Your Bus to the Ballpark
Major League Baseball season is back and our Nats fever is hotter than ever. Make your trip to Nationals Park a homerun with Circulator, as the entrance is just steps away from the 600 M Street SE stop on our Union Station - Navy Yard route.
For every Washington Nationals night game (beginning at 4:05pm or later) buses on the Union Station – Navy Yard route will operate until midnight. For Sunday home games, buses will operate from 10am – 10pm. 
Upcoming Washington Nationals Events
Blossoms and Baseball 
April 4 at 1:05pm
During this National Cherry Blossom Festival featured event, the Washington Nationals take on the New York Yankees in a pre-season exhibition game. Buy discounted tickets at for any game throughout the season and a $5 donation will be given to the National Cherry Blossom Festival for each ticket purchased.
Home Opener
April 6 at 4:05pm
See why our home team are NL East Champions as they go head-to-head with the New York Mets during the first of an opening three-game series. Opening pitch is set for 4:05pm, and we’ll be operating bus service from Navy Yard to Union Station until midnight.

A Smart Souvenir

This year the Circulator is celebrating its 10th anniversary with our limited edition SmarTrip® Card. This commemorative card is the perfect collector’s item for District residents and visitors. It’s a fun AND functional souvenir that is already loaded with transit fare and can be used on many public transportation options in the DC area.
Don’t miss your chance to grab this limited edition SmarTrip® card for you and a friend. The cost is only $10 per card and each card is pre-loaded with $8 of fare. DC Circulator is only $1 per trip, so that’s four round trips on our shiny red buses!
For more information on how to purchase click here.

Keep Cool
In-Bus Air Conditioning Activated April 15

Spring is here, meaning the city will heat up pretty soon. In order for us to provide the most comfortable experience for riders, the air conditioning systems on all in-service buses will be activated on Thursday, April 15.

Keep in mind, if you are riding buses numbered 1101-1129, they can become quite warm on high temperature days. Here’s why:

These buses have three doors which makes it super convenient for easing congestion when exiting the bus, but a bit harder for the air conditioning system to maintain cooler temperatures. 

Also, this small fleet of buses did not originally include air conditioning, so we're working hard to maintain the retrofitted air systems to make your Circulator experience comfortable and pleasant. 

If you're experiencing extremely warm temperatures on any of our buses, let us know!

You can connect with us through the online Contact Us form,
on Twitter @dccirculator or through facebook at sure to note the bus number and route in your comment.

National Cherry Blossom Festival –
Now through April 12


Bus Beyond the Blossoms

The best thing about the National Cherry Blossom Festival is that the entire city is in bloom and joins the celebration. Experience the Festival spirit with DC Circulator by exploring DC beyond the blossoms.
The DC Circulator is proud to connect riders to what’s blooming around the District. Our routes span from Georgetown to Downtown, Adams Morgan to the National Zoo, Union Station to Capitol Hill, Eastern Market to the Washington Nationals Park and beyond. Our buses arrive every 10 minutes and each trip is $1 so no need for residents or visitors to plan their adventure around a bus schedule or a budget. For information on how to bus beyond the blossoms, 
click here.

Close Out The Nation’s Greatest Springtime Celebration with us at Anacostia Park

We are proud to be a program partner of the Anacostia River Festival. Help us celebrate the final day of the National Cherry Blossom Festival and get a sneak peek of the new, American-made Circulator buses at Anacostia Park on Sunday, April 12 from noon to 4pm. Be among the first to tour our shiny new bus and check out its cool features such as bright LED lights, and a powered roof skylight. Also, see the new USB ports where you can charge your device when the bus is in service. Children of all ages are invited to hop in the driver’s seat and pose for photos. Test your knowledge with our transit trivia game for a chance to win free ride coupons. Play a round of goDCgo’s custom cornhole game with your friends and family.
The Anacostia River Festival celebrates the history, ecology and communities along the banks of the Anacostia River. The Festival will include FREE fun activities like hands-on art workshops, musical performances, a bike parade, tours of historic Anacostia, fishing workshops, kayaking, canoeing and other unique activities to engage families with the natural environment.

Operator Highlight: Ms. Mabry 

Operator Mabry poses in front of vintage Circulator route maps.

For the past eight years, Ms. Mabry has been a friendly and professional bus operator for DC Circulator. She has 30 years of commercial driving experience and a reputation for having the best greetings and salutations when riders board and exit the bus. Customers often tweet rave reviews of their experience riding with Ms. Mabry such as “she’s awesome” and “driver telling everyone to watch their step and have a safe evening. So nice!”
Ms. Mabry is a native Washingtonian and her favorite Circulator memory so far is providing special bus service for the 2008 and 2012 Presidential inaugurations. Next time you see Ms. Mabry driving the Circulator, be sure to say hello! 

Employment Opportunities with
DC Circulator

Want your chance to be featured as a Circulator Operator of the Month? Join our team of dedicated, experienced and professional Circulator drivers. We are looking to immediately hire commercial vehicle operators who have:
  • A valid Class B commercial driver’s license with passenger, and air-brake endorsement
  • High school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Excellent judgment and problem solving skills
  • At least three years domestic driving experience (excluding provisional or learners permit)
  • The ability to pass a new employee drug screening, criminal background check, and DOT physical
Qualified applicants are asked to apply in-person at our headquarters:
DC Circulator
1710 17th Street NE 
Washington, DC 20002

DC Circulator is operated by First Transit. For more information on employment with First Transit, click here.

Spring Events You Won't Want to Miss

Bike to Work Day – Friday, May 15
Know your options; load your bike on the bus
Each year, the Washington Area Council of Governments, in conjunction with the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, challenges commuters across the region to travel to their jobs by bike on Bike to Work Day. While some participants are regular bike commuters, we know many of you are just getting your two-wheels rolling. Test out the power of your pedals confidently, knowing that you and your bike can always hop on the Circulator if you feel the need to switch gears. 
Each DC Circulator has a sturdy bicycle rack attached to the front of the bus with a locking mechanism for extra security. The racks hold up to two bikes, which you can load at any time during Circulator hours of operation in just five easy steps.

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Earth Day with Golden Triangle - Wednesday, April 22
Join us from 11am - 2pm at the corners of 19th and L Streets NW for the Golden Triangle Earth Day Extravaganza alongside Capital Bikeshare, goDCgo, and other partner organizations. We’ll have free ride coupons and Circulator information to help you help the planet by reducing your carbon footprint and decreasing congestion from driving alone. 


Downtown DC

Route: Georgetown - Union Station

Picnic in the Park!
Franklin Park
Spring and summer Fridays (weather permitting), lunch time (12pm-2pm)
K to Eye St NW, between 13th & 14th,
Washington, DC 20005

Starting in spring and through the fall, the DowntownDC BID will supply the blankets every Friday (weather permitting). You supply the food and company! 

 Urban & Regional Planning Speaker Series
April 1, 8pm-9:30pm & April 8, 5:30pm- 7pm
Georgetown School of Continuing Studies,
640 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

This Georgetown University public lecture series will explore short-term transformations in cities driven by the impacts of new technologies, shifting economies, the environment, new social networks, or governance. 

CityCenterDC FRESHFARM Market
Beginning May 4, every Tuesday, 11am-2pm
I Street NW (10th and 11th Street)

 DC Bocce
Beginning April 13 every Tuesday evening
Franklin Park
K to Eye St NW, between 13th & 14th,
Washington, DC 20005



Route: Georgetown - Union Station

The Georgetown French Market
Friday April 24  and Saturday, April 25
Book Hill neighborhood; Wisconsin Avenue between P Street and Reservoir Road

Golden Triangle

Route: Georgetown - Union Station

Outdoor summer activities happening each week 
Farragut Park (Connecticut Avenue & K Street)
May 1 - September 29

Ice Cream Jubilee

301 Water St SE, Washington, DC 20003

This boutique scoop shop in the Capitol Riverfront describes itself as an "airy, high ceilinged parlor with patio dishing up all-natural ice cream & sorbet in unique flavors." Take advantage of our summer weekend service and get yourself a sweet Saturday treat.

Getting there: 
Take the Union Station - Navy Yard route to New Jersey Ave and M St NE. 


Insider tip - Where to See the Blossoms

While most visitors will likely head to the Tidal Basin for their cherry blossom adventure, you can avoid the tourist rush by visiting Dumbarton Oaks, the District's best kept secret for cherry blossom viewing. 

Situated just steps away from our 31st St NW stop on the Georgetown - Union Station route, this 31st and R Street location has 10 acres of gardens and walkways lined with cherry trees, away from the well-beaten path.

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