DC’s Popular Tour Buses End Service

The familiar blue sightseeing buses that have run on streets in the nation’s capital for more than four decades will end service tomorrow.

The open-air buses, operated by Tourmobile and run by the National Park Service, stop at many of the city’s major attractions including the Mall and Arlington National Cemetery, giving visitors an on-off narrated tour for $32 per person.

Service is being suspended due to Tourmobile’s financial issues, according to park service officials. The park service has had an exclusive contract with Tourmobile since 1969, and hopes to find a new company within two weeks.[USA Today]

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