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By Teyonna Ridgeway
University News Wire      
Howard Transportation Research Center Supports DC Circulator

WASHINGTON (November 1, 2013
) – A recent study from the Howard University Transportation Research Center (HUTRC) suggests that the DC Circulator bus system remains a popular service among riders. The study, “Long-Term Trends in Patron Satisfaction of DC Circulator,”wasfeatured in an Oct. 15 article by The Washington Post.

In the study, the research team conducted a survey for the study in the summer and fall of 2012 and re-examined the results of previous annual surveys from the past seven years. The study analyzed riders’ satisfaction, usage and level of dependence on the service. The high remarks for the DC Circulator help to promote the use of mass transit in the metropolitan area.

“This was an opportunity for Howard University to contribute to the transportation service in the city,” said Errol Noel, Ph.D., the director of the Howard University Traffic Safety and Transportation Data Center. “The information we provided may be used to determine if there is value in expanding the DC Circulator.”

The low-fare bus system, which is funded by the District of Columbia Department of Transportation, currently operates five routes in tourist areas and some neighborhoods including Georgetown and Woodley Park.

The Howard University Transportation Research Center is housed in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences (CEACS) at Howard University. The HUTRC assists its primary sponsor, the District of Columbia Department of Transportation, in improving transportation safety and service in the city.

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