Trying out @wmata’s Blue Line shuttle today between Rosslyn and Pentagon.

The stop is well signed, but the BusETA doesn’t actually return data for the Blue Line shuttle, and it doesn’t appear in the apps either.

It’s advertised to run every 15 min. Hasn’t shown up yet after 20 Image
After 27 minutes, I went over to the bus supervisor parked near the shuttle stop. I asked, “is the shuttle running?”

He said it was. So I said, “it’s supposed to come every 15 minutes. I’ve been here for nearly 30. When is it going to come?”

He said he didn’t know.
After 28 mins, bus arrived, but didn’t leave immediately.

After a few minutes at Rosslyn, we pulled out 32 mins after I arrived at the station.

32 mins waiting for a shuttle scheduled to run every 15. And with no information to the more than a dozen waiting passengers. @wmata
Despite the extra delay, the bus isn’t too crowded, something I worried about for social distancing. Image
Took us 4 minutes to get to Arlington Cemetery. 5 or 6 boarded.
Took another 6 minutes to Pentagon (10 total from Rosslyn).
There was a 6 minute wait for the Yellow Line, so not too bad.
Coming back to Rosslyn from Alexandria, we decided to take the Yellow Line to L’Enfant and then the OR/SV instead of risking another 30 minute wait for the shuttle. Probably won’t save much time, but it will be climate controlled and less frustrating.
Unfortunately, our Yellow Line train arrived at L’Enfant about 1 min after the westbound Silver Line, meaning an 8 min wait.

But Metro actually gives train ETAs (unlike shuttle), so less frustrating.

And thanks to @dcmetrohero we knew we were going to miss xfr when we got on YL Image

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