DDOT Begins Direct Oversight of DC Circulator
Washington DC — The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) today announced two major milestones for the DC Circulator.
Beginning Monday, October 1, DDOT will assume direct oversight responsibilities for the DC Circulator from Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), which has served in this capacity since the launch of DC Circulator in 2005.
Monday will also mark transition of the day-to-day operations and maintenance of the DC Circulator system to RATP Dev from 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 a major step forward for DDOT and DC Circulator,” said DDOT Director Jeff Marootian. “I want to thank DDOT, WMATA, First Transit, and RATP Dev staff for all their hard work during the transition period.”
DDOT’s expanded role with DC Circulator builds on Mayor Bowsers’ 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 currently 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 to service quality during the transition. “DC Circulator has always been committed to providing quality, affordable and convenient transportation service across Washington, DC,” said Marootian. “The changes we are making now are not without challenges, but will lead to better reliability, service and customer support.”
Riders are urged to monitor DC Circulator social media channels and website for any service advisories and to report any concerns to DDOT.
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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