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14th and Irving Barnes Dance to Operate Soon

June 14, 2017

The Barnes Dance at 14th and Irving streets, NW, are scheduled to be in operation this month (perhaps has early as Thursday). Below is the flyer from DDOT explaining how it works. More information is available here.

New Crosswalks Signs Installed on New Hampshire at Otis Place, NW

May 25, 2017

Yesterday new signs were installed for the HAWK light at the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue and Otis Place, NW. Unlike a traditional stoplight, at this intersection pedestrians push the button to activate flashing lights, which in turn are intended to stop traffic so that the pedestrians can cross the street. However, cars frequently do not stop for the flashing lights.

As you can see from the photos, the new signs include a stop sign graphic, include the phrase “DC Law”, and have a separate sign below the flashing lights that states “Up to $250 fine”. This is a significant upgrade from the old signs installed in August 2010 which merely indicated that there was a crosswalk.

Time will tell if the new signs increase the number of vehicles that stop for pedestrians, but I’m happy to see DDOT is aware of the need to improve safety at this intersection.

Mayor Bowser Announces Plan to Improve Transit Service Along 14th Street

March 30, 2017

(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 >>

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DDOT Repairs Sidewalk on Park Place North of Newton

March 24, 2017

I’m happy to report that the wonky section of sidewalk on Park Place just north of Newton was repaired yesterday. The issue with this section of sidewalk was a severe slope down to the curb that was created when the sidewalk was replaced in June 2016. After much patience and perseverance on my part — and engagement by neighbors on this block (thank you team!) —  DDOT came out, reinspected the section, and came up with a better solution to address the ADA and safety issues related to this stretch of sidewalk.

As you can see below, this has all paid off with a far safer sidewalk for all.

DDOT Releases New Mobility Website to Track Traffic Congestion

February 15, 2017

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In exploring DDOT’s new District Mobility Website (full press release below), there is some interesting data on population (broken down by education, race, and income), the District’s transportation network, the modes of transportation that are used, and which routes are the most traveled and which bus routes & stops are the most used. It is an interesting site that provides a good overview of traffic in D.C.

Full DDOT News Release from February 13th below:

(Washington, DC) – The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) today announced the release of the District Mobility website as part of an effort to clearly communicate how the District’s transportation system is performing.

District Mobility is a dynamic web tool that shows the District’s state of mobility for surface transportation modes and outlines DDOT’s recommendations for managing and operating built infrastructure to meet growing demand.

“The goal of the District Mobility Project is to better quantify and qualify the state of the District’s transportation system performance from a holistic, multimodal perspective,” said DDOT Director Leif Dormsjo. “The interactive, data-rich design of District Mobility provides an innovative platform for sharing the state of mobility and DDOT’s progress towards reducing congestion on our roads.”

District Mobility is part of the ongoing District Mobility Project. The Project was established to increase understanding of mobility issues in the District and define a program of improvements to address them. It builds on national advances in transportation system performance management to track District-wide trends in congestion and travel-time reliability, among other key system performance metrics.

The District Mobility Project leverages transportation data for multiple modes (walking, bicycling, transit, and driving) to inform DDOT’s short- and long-term investment strategies. The metrics, data, and recommendations developed through the District Mobility Project are presented in both the District Mobility website and a District Mobility Report.

“The District has a diverse, multimodal transportation network that serves District residents, regional commuters, and tourists from around the world,” said Project Manager Stephanie Dock. “District Mobility is arranged into a series of stories describing the people who travel in DC, the transportation modes that they use to move around, and how they experience different aspects of congestion and mobility. Interactive maps allow website users to see how transportation demand in the District changes over the course of a day and how those changes impact all modes.”

By highlighting areas with high congestion, low reliability, and poor accessibility, District Mobility shows where DDOT will target near-term investments to improve multimodal mobility.

The District Mobility website and the District Mobility Report are both available at DistrictMobility.org. Feedback is welcome. Contact information is available on the website.

Snapshot of DDOT’s Crosstown Multimodal Study Recommendations

September 21, 2016

Last week I posted the highlights of the final Crosstown Multimodal Study Meeting, including some of the projects DDOT will be  recommending as part of that process. The full materials from the meeting have finally been posted online and are available for deeper review. However, I definitely wanted to highlight the Handout of the Recommended Projects, which indicates the broad range of projects, which mode they relate to, and how long it could take for implementation due to complexity. I’m also including them below for ease of access.

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Final Crosstown Study Offers Interesting Recommendations

September 14, 2016

Crosstown study(Final Crosstown Multimodal Transportation Study attendees.)

The fourth and final Crosstown Multimodal Transportation Study meeting was held last night at the Columbia Heights Educational Campus on 16th Street. At the meeting, DDOT representatives presented a list of recommendations based on the feedback from the previous meetings to improve all modes of transportation moving east/west between Columbia Heights and Brookland. The full set of presentation materials will be publicly available soon, but in advance of that I am sharing a few of the proposals that were presented that are relevant to the Ward 1 community. It is important to keep in mind that some proposals would require additional community engagement and be longer-term goals rather than immediate goals.

scrambleModified Barnes Dance in Columbia Heights —  One of the shorter term projects to be proposed is a modified Barnes Dance at the intersection of 14th and Irving streets. The project will require signal timing modifications and potentially a new signing and marking plan to accommodate new crossings at the intersection. DDOT recommends that the project be moved forward in 2017 with a duration anticipated to be 12 months.

Cycle Tracks and Dedicated Transit Lanes — A bi-directional cycle track is proposed for Kenyon Street between the hospital center and 14th Street. It has not been decided if the track would be on the north or south side of the street. This project could move forward as early as 2018 with a completion date a year after that.

A longer term proposal is to create dedicated bus lanes running westbound on Columbia Road and eastbound on Iriving Street as shown in the map below. These are longer-term efforts that could move forward around 2020 and require more than six years to complete.

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Reconfigure the Street Grid between Park View and McMillan Reservoir — One of the areas of greatest interest to Park View residents has been the reworking of the street grid at the southern end of the neighborhood near the hospital center. The configuration that is being proposed can be seen below. While there are some short term intersection improvements that could begin as early as 2018 in the area of Michigan Avenue and Hobart Place, the overall project to simplify the intersections within the existing road network would likely not move forward before 2021 with a duration around six years or more.

street-grid(Proposed street grid layout to the west of the hospital center.)


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