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New 'Nightlife Shuttle Service' Launches Between Bethesda and DC

"DC Hopper" will shuttle riders between Bethesda, Dupont Circle and Georgetown.

A new nightlife transportation service launched recently that will offer shuttle routes between Bethesda, Dupont Circle and Georgetown, Bethesda blogger Robert Dyer reports.

The “DC Hopper” touts itself as “Washington, DC’s first nightlife shuttle service.”

According to the shuttle’s website, the service was founded by a native Washingtonian looking for more transportation options for a night on the town.

“Taking a taxi from Bethesda to DC, or vice versa, is just too expensive. Furthermore, Metro’s constant service interruptions and long wait times is the last thing anyone wants to deal with as they begin and/or end a night of fun with friends. Thus, the idea for The DC Hopper was born,” the site reads.

The shuttle will pick up and drop off passengers at three “hop stops” in Bethesda, Georgetown and Dupont Circle. The first shuttle departs Bethesda at 9 p.m. and the last shuttle leaves Dupont Circle at 4 a.m., according to the site.

The Bethesda stop is located at the corner of Norfolk and St. Elmo Avenues, Dyer reports.

Those who ride the shuttle will be afforded a few perks at certain participating bars and clubs, including free cover charges and drink specials. From Bethesda, a one-way fare to Dupont Circle costs $15 and a ride to Georgetown costs $26, though the price decreases depending on the size of the party.

The service accepts credit cards only, and riders pay aboard the bus.

The shuttle touts itself as a fun ride into town, but don’t confuse the DC Hopper with a “party bus"—no alcohol is allowed aboard the shuttle.

Would you use the new shuttle service? Do you think a new transportation option besides taxis and Metro is needed between Bethesda and Washington, DC? Are you willing to pay the DC Hopper's rates? Tell us in the comments.

Joan MacCartee October 12, 2012 at 01:00 PM
I think the fares are too high. People won't ride it for $30 or $52 round-trip. Many people in their 20s would probably like this option, but I can't see them spending that much for transportation. A cab isn't a lot more.

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