DC Surface Transit

A partnership between the Downtown, Georgetown and Golden Triangle Business Improvement Districts, the Washington Convention and Tourism Corporation (WCTC), the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) established DC Surface Transit, Inc. (DCST) a new non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the success of the DC Circulator.

In 2005, the Downtown BID and its partners in DC Surface Transit, Inc., in collaboration with DDOT, helped launch the DC Circulator. This fixed route surface transit filled the gap for short, local trips in Downtown.  The sleek, low-floor, European vehicles attract new riders to bus transit every day, as documented in annual customer service surveys. The service has reached 10 million riders since its launch. 

DCST is governed by a volunteer board of directors and employs a small staff to market and promote the circulator and advise DDOT on the management of the system. The net result of this “first of its kind” collaboration will be to establish a standard of excellence for the service that will promote patronage among residents, workers and visitors.

DCST goals for the DC Circulator include maintaining short dwell times at each stop and very short headways, developing and implementing a sponsorship program for Circulator buses, and creating cross marketing opportunities for the Circulator with businesses, venues and institutions along the routes.

DC Surface Transit, Inc. members include: