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D.C. Circulator expands route to east of Anacostia River

Monday - 10/3/2011, 5:26pm  ET

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Mayor Vince Gray and members of the D.C. Council announce the new Circulator route. (WTOP/Adam Tuss)

Adam Tuss, wtop.com

WASHINGTON - How much do you pay every day to commute? Would you like to pay just a buck?

Transportation officials on Monday opened up a brand new D.C. Circulator bus line east of the Anacostia River. The new route runs through neighborhoods like Capitol Riverfront, Capitol Hill, Barracks Row and Anacostia.

With the new line, it means that a Circulator rider (using a SmarTrip card) could get from Rosslyn to Anacostia for $1.

"It's easy to use the service, and it is just a great value," says D.C. Department of Transportation Director Terry Bellamy.

He says the Circulator continues to be popular with riders.

"Over the last couple of years we have gone from 20, 29 buses up to 49 buses," Bellamy says.

When the D.C. Circulator first opened in 2005, there were two lines that carried about 100,000 riders per month.

Now, there are five lines that carry more than 500,000 riders per month.

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