Tuesday, January 22, 2008
N-22 Shuttle From Union Station To Nationals Park
A fact finding tour was in the works for me this afternoon, prompted by a comment left by Neal. The DC Circulator Bus has become a popular and inexpensive way to move around Washington, DC. One of the best transportation deals in town, this $1 service currently runs on three different routes around Our Nation's Capital. One circuit operates around The National Mall and The Monuments, another between The DC Convention Center, Georgetown and The Naval Observatory and finally--the line most intriguing to Fans of Our Washington Nationals--The Union Station/SW Waterfront Line.
Many have rumored or wished, that this particular DC Circulator Bus be modified and continue on to New Nationals Park. Karyn LeBlanc, The Director of Communications for The DC Government, kindly returned my call this afternoon to answer my questions concerning this matter. As it turns out--The DC Circulator Buses WILL NOT be re-routed for the 2008 Baseball Season to the new ballpark. But, DC is working with WMATA (Metro) to modify the current N22 Metrobus--which runs from Union Station to The Navy Yard (The Military Base) and Navy Yard Metro. A Service Change is underway to allow the N22 to not only stop at New Nationals Park--but get there faster.
Currently, the N22 runs its route from approximately 6AM to 7:30PM. LeBlanc says that plans are on track to run the N22 Shuttle from Union Station and back until 10:30PM--not later. Also, in its present configuration--the N22 does not operate on weekends. The possibility of adding that service is also being worked out. Even more importantly, WMATA is on a target to cut down the transit time of the N22 from 18 Minutes to 10 Minutes--making the trip a truly fast shuttle. She told me nothing is definite at this point--but if everyone signs off on the plans--an official announcement may come in the next 7 to 10 days.
Cost for the planned service--$1.25 (with SmartTrip Card), $1.35 (Cash)--each way.
Now--you may realize as I did--10:30PM might not be late enough for certain ball games. Karyn LeBlanc stated that the 10:30PM end time of the service would most likely stay in effect for 2008--but could be adjusted come 2009.
As for The DC Circulator--2009 would be the earliest--that servicing will be added to that line for New Nationals Park.
PS--My Office is one block from Union Station. if the N22 does make a 10 Minute Dash from Union Station to New Nationals Park on weekdays when I am at work--you can count me in for the ride.