Both Metrobus Route 90 and 92 operate between Southeast DC and Duke Ellington Bridge via Eighth Street, Florida Avenue, and U Street. Historically, the U Street-Garfield Line was a streetcar line, operated under the Capital Traction Company in the late nineteenth century.
Along this route today, you’ll travel the U Street Corridor. Known for its rich connection to Black history, the corridor serves as the heart of Black culture and entertainment in the city. To this day, several theaters remain including the Lincoln Theater, Dunbar Theater, and Howard Theater, where some of the greatest musicians of the twentieth century got their start.
Along Florida Avenue, keep an eye out for the historic Gallaudet University Campus. Founded in 1864, Gallaudet University is one of the world’s premier collegiate institutions for Deaf and hard of hearing students.
The route also features the Washington Navy Yard. Between 1900 and 1918, the growth of the Washington Navy Yard sparked a development boom along the Eighth Street SE corridor. The increased population of both military personnel and civilians─along with the general prosperity of the times─was a boon to area businesses. This area also features one of DC’s smallest historic districts: The Marine Barracks. Established in 1801 on a site selected by Thomas Jefferson, the Marine Barracks is entirely surrounded by a residential community and retains much of the feel of a nineteenth century military post.
This tour hopes to draw your attention to the hidden gems along your daily commute or your trip from one historic site to the next. Start at the historic site that’s closest to you! If you’re traveling east/south on routes 90/92, click “Next” to follow along. If you're traveling west/north, click “Previous.”