(Mayor Muriel Bowser at La Cabana restaurant in Columbia Heights. ANC Commissioners Kent Boese (1A08), Dotti Love Wade (1A11), Zach Teutsch (4C05), and Stacey Lincoln (4A02) were among those in attendance.)
Yesterday, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced her support for express bus service on 14th Street, stating that she included funding for the 59 in her upcoming budget. The event was held at La Cabana restaurant on 14th Street just south of Spring Rd, and was attended by neighbors, Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners, and government officials. While the Mayor’s announcement stated that funding for the 59 bus was in her budget, it still needs to survive the D.C. Council’s budget oversight hearings — though the Council appears to be very supportive. Presuming the funding survives intact, the 59 could be operational by December 2017.
Following the announcement, Mayor Bowser took a few questions from those in attendance. I took the opportunity to ask the Mayor for a commitment to review traffic on 14th Street from Monroe (north) to Irving (south), stating that the road infrastructure created a bottle-neck at DC USA which not only prevents drivers from moving efficiently through Columbia Heights but would also prevent the 59 bus from achieving its full potential as a faster alternative to downtown. The Mayor appeared to respond positively to the request and several of the ANC Commissioners in the room voiced support for the request and the need to find a solution to the bottle-neck.
The full announcement from the Mayor can be found after the jump >>