A D.C. Circulator bus on the street.
A D.C. Circulator bus. Photo courtesy of MJW15 / Wikimedia Commons

The Circulator busses are free and should stay free!

We are the nation’s capital, the home of the free and the brave, as they say. Citizens who spend lots of money on airfare, buses, gas and hotels are already stretched and pinching dimes in this potential repeat of the 2008 financial crisis. Whether or not that dreaded event happens, the Circulator should remain free.

It is a grievous shame for people who want to visit the seat of their government not to get there because they have no money for transportation. The circulator must stay free as a major component to help ensure people have access to their elected representatives.

We talk about beltway bandits, heavy-handed pressure mongering PACs, and lobbyists pushing their agendas rather than the people’s.. One little but grand gift we can give the people is free transportation access to the government of the people (supposedly), by the people and for the people. And, yes, the feds should pay for it. In the meantime, we implore Mayor Bowser to take the lead and ensure that every route will have a bus stop at the White House and the Hill. Money is not everything! Keep the Circulator free!

Angie Whitehurst is an artist and vendor with Street Sense Media.