- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 22, 2008


National Mall endures ‘neglect’

The national Mall is unkempt and in need of a major face-lift that could cost $500 million, some federal lawmakers and activists said.

“There’s no great national park that suffers from this kind of neglect,” D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat, said Tuesday at a House Natural Resources subcommittee hearing.

Mrs. Norton and others criticized the lawn’s condition, saying there are dying trees, trampled grass and a lack of restrooms and other amenities for visitors. They also said pools are dirty and walkways damaged in some spots.

The heavily used Mall stretches from the U.S. Capitol to the Potomac River, with the Washington Monument rising from the middle.



Summer bus service to start tomorrow

Municipal buses begin operating on a summer schedule tomorrow.

Municipal buses will run every 10 minutes from 6 a.m. to noon; every five to seven minutes from noon until 3 a.m. and every 20 minutes from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m.

Passengers can ride on city buses for $2 a day. Discount coupon books are available at City Hall, the Convention Center, the police department and the Northside Park Recreation Complex.

The city trolley schedule also begins tomorrow, with daily service from 4 p.m. until midnight between the Convention Center south lot and Somerset Street.


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