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DC Circulator Bus Service

  • ​DC Code ​​50-921.31​​​: Definitions
    • For the purposes of this subchapter, the term:
      • (1) "DC Circulator" means a local transit facility passenger bus service operated by the District of Columbia government that provides a network of fixed-route bus service solely within the District of Columbia.
      • (2) "DC Circulator Fund" means the fund established by § 50-921.33.
      • (3) Department" means the District Department of Transportation.
      • (4) "Ticket" means passes, tokens, or any other form of payment, including those sold in bulk for resale, that may be used in lieu of cash.
      • (5) "WMATA" means the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority created pursuant to § 9-1107.01.
  • ​DC Code ​​50-921.32: DC Circulator​​ ​
    • The Department shall have the power to:
      • (1) Plan, develop, finance, operate, control, and regulate the DC Circulator, including fares, charges, tickets, fines, and the establishment of routes and schedules;
      • (2) Sell space on and within DC Circulator vehicles or other assets for the display of advertisements and enter into one or more agreements with entities to sell such space on such vehicles or other assets in return for a fee, a percentage of such revenues, or as a gift or donation of services approved by the Mayor; and
      • (3) Enter into contracts with third parties, including WMATA for the procurement, construction, operation, and maintenance of DC Circulator vehicles or other assets.
  • ​DC Code ​​50-921.33​​​: DC Circulator Fund establishment​
    • (a) There is hereby established the DC Circulator Fund as a nonlapsing special fund, the funds of which shall be for the Department to pay for goods, services, property, or for any other authorized purpose, subject to authorization by Congress, into which shall be deposited all revenue collected pursuant to § 50-921.32 by the District, WMATA, or their agents, parking meter revenue from the National Park Service for meters on the Mall, and all monetary gifts intended to be used to assist in the funding of the DC Circulator.
    • (b) Notwithstanding subsection (a) of this section, during any period of time in which a contract with WMATA is in effect, monies from the payment of fares, the purchase of tickets, and the sale of advertising space by third parties may be, with the written consent of the Chief Financial Officer for the District of Columbia and pursuant to the terms of the contract, deposited in a WMATA interest bearing account for the benefit of the District of Columbia and used by WMATA to offset its costs of contract performance, but only to the extent that Congress has appropriated funds to the District to perform or procure those services; provided, that for a period of 8 months following March 2, 2010, no DC Circulator route shall replace more than 20% of the revenue miles or revenue hours of any WMATA route.
  • ​DC Code ​​50-921.34​​​: Fares; structure; purpose​​
    • (a) Insofar as practicable, and consistent with the provision of adequate service at reasonable fares, the rates and fares and service shall be fixed by the Department, so as to result in revenues that shall:​
      • (1) Pay the operating expenses and provide for repairs, maintenance, and depreciation of the DC Circulator vehicles or other assets owned or controlled by the District;
      • (2) Provide for payment of all principal and interest on outstanding revenue bonds; and
      • (3) Provide funds for any purpose the Department considers necessary and desirable to carry out the purposes of this section.
    • (b) Nothing in subsection (a) of this section shall prevent the Department from offering tickets at no cost or at discounted prices as part of the Department's marketing of the DC Circulator.
    • (c) Beginning August 26, 2013, the Department shall not charge a DC Circulator fare to students on regular school days.
  • ​DC Code ​​50-921.35​​​: Rulemaking; enforcement​​
    • (a) The Mayor, or his designee, may promulgate, amend, or repeal rules to implement the provisions of this subchapter, including the manner and amount of any fares, fees, or fines, pursuant to the Mayor's authority under subchapter I of Chapter 5 of Title 2.
    • (b) Civil fines, penalties, and fees may be imposed as sanctions for an infraction of any rule promulgated under subsection (a) of this section pursuant to Chapter 18 of Title 2.
  • ​DC Code ​​50-921.36​​​: Consolidation with WMATA​​
    • The District Department of Transportation shall coordinate with WMATA to evaluate whether operations under this subchapter should be consolidated with existing services provided by WMATA, while maintaining the distinctive features of the DC Circulator service.
  • ​DC Code ​​50-921.37​​​: Jurisdictional applicability​​
    • The District Department of Transportation is authorized to plan, develop, finance, and operate the DC Circulator, as set forth in this subchapter, solely within the District of Columbia. Any expansion of the DC Circulator or such like service by another name into a jurisdiction beyond the District of Columbia shall require Council approval.
  • ​DC Code ​​50-921.38​​​: Jurisdiction expansion and evaluation​​
    • (a) Pursuant to § 50-921.37, the Council approves the expansion of the DC Circulator to and from Rossyln Metro station in Arlington, Virginia, once it assumes the route for the Georgetown Metro Connection.
    • (b) No later than 6 months after the initiation of service authorized in subsection (a) of this section, the Mayor shall submit to the Council a report for this route. The report shall include:
      • (1) The overall ridership statistics;
      • (2) The passenger origin and destination statistics;
      • (3) The bus stop utilization rates;
      • (4) The operating and capital costs;
      • (5) The impact of DC Circulator expansion on the finances and viability of WMATA Metrobus routes;
      • (6) The WMATA estimates for the cost of extending Metrobus route 38B to Dupont Circle; and
      • (7) The WMATA estimates for the cost of adding new Metrobus service between the Rosslyn Metro station and Dupont Circle, with buses operating at intervals similar to buses of the DC Circulator route authorized under this section.​​

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