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Partiers Take 'Nightlife Shuttle' to Georgetown

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

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

The Georgetown stop is located at 1218 Wisconsin Ave. in front of Third Edition, according to the “DC Hopper” website.

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The company touts itself as “Washington, D.C,’s first nightlife shuttle service.”

According to Bethesda Magazine, the service was founded by the pair of grads from Potomac, Md.'s Winston Churchill High School. They were looking for more transportation options for a night on the town.

“Taking a taxi from Bethesda to D.C., 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 D.C. 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.

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 D.C. Hopper with a “party bus"—no alcohol is allowed aboard the shuttle.

How do you feel about Georgetown being one of two D.C. stops for these suburban partiers? Have you seen this shuttle making drop-offs or pick-ups? Do you think a new transportation option besides taxis and Metro is needed between the suburbs and Washington, DC? Tell us in the comments.

larry October 15, 2012 at 01:03 PM
This is a bad concept overall. It promotes excessive drinking. Excessive drinking promotes health problems and crime. (head shaking as I type this!)
Shaun Courtney (Editor) October 15, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Thanks for the feedback, Larry. Do you agree with Larry? Is there an upside you can see? -Shaun

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