Mount Pleasant Line

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42, 43
Mount Pleasant Line
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Overview
System Metrobus
Operator Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Began service December 3, 1961
Predecessors Mt. Pleasant Streetcar
Route
Locale Washington, D.C.
Communities served Adams Morgan
Landmarks served Dupont Circle
Start Mount Pleasant
Via Columbia Road NW
Connecticut Avenue NW
End 42: Metro Center
43 (AM): Farragut Square
43 (PM): McPherson Square
Service
Operates 4:20 AM – 3:24 AM
Fare $1.60 (SmarTrip)
$1.80 (cash)
Cash Exact change required
Transfers SmarTrip only
Timetable Mount Pleasant Line
39 ←   → 52

The Mount Pleasant Line, served by Routes 42 and 43, is a Metrobus bus route in Washington, D.C., United States. Until the 1960s, it was a streetcar line.

Route 42 currently runs at all times, beginning at Mount Pleasant Street and 17th Street NW in Mount Pleasant, and heads south on Mount Pleasant Street NW, Columbia Road MW, and Connecticut Avenue NW to Farragut Square, where the Route 43 ends. The remaining trips turn east on H Street NW (eastbound) and I Street NW (westbound) to Ninth Street NW at Metro Center.[1]

Route 43 follows the same route as the 42, but it only runs in the morning rush from Mt. Pleasant to Farragut Square and in the evening rush from McPherson Square to Mt. Pleasant. Route 43 also passes underneath Dupont Circle, reducing trip time.[citation needed]

History[edit]

In the final days of streetcars operated by the D.C. Transit Company, Routes 40 and 42 served the Mount Pleasant Line. Both began at Mount Pleasant and ran to H Street, turning east there, south on 14th Street NW, and east on F Street NW along the F Street Line. At Fifth Street NW, Route 40 turned south, continuing east around the north side of the Capitol and along East Capitol Street to 15th Street NE, while Route 42 turned north and east past Union Station on the East Washington Line, ending at D Street NE and 13th Street NE. Streetcars were replaced by buses on December 3, 1961 (Route 42) and January 28, 1962 (Route 40).

After Metro was built, the line was split at Stadium-Armory station. Route 40, which had been extended east to Seat Pleasant, Maryland, was eliminated west of Stadium-Armory, while Route 42 remained the same, running between Mount Pleasant and Stadium-Armory. The portion of Route 40 on East Capitol Street west of Stadium Armory was replaced by an extension of Route 96. Route 96 has since absorbed Route 40, and Route 42 has been truncated to Gallery Place, with the removed portion replaced by a rerouted Route D6.

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