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Georgia Avenue’s Open Streets Happens on October 5th! Here are the Logistics and Bus Detour Routes You Need to Know

October 2, 2019

The Mayor’s Open Streets DC event on Georgia Ave (Barry Place to Missouri Ave) is coming up this Saturday, October 5, from 10 am to 2 pm. While I’m sure many will come to Georgia Avenue to enjoy lunch, shopping, or just hanging out on Georgia Avenue, here are some details about the day that everyone should be aware of.

Activities: All activities will be free with a focus on fitness and the Mayor’s Vision Zero agenda. The day’s schedule is available online and you can check out an interactive map for locations.

Parking: No parking will be allowed on Georgia Ave from Barry Place to Missouri Avenue starting at midnight on Friday. Cars parked after that time are at risk of being ticketed and towed to another location in the neighborhood. Those whose cars are towed should call (202) 541-6083.

Motorized Access: Unauthorized vehicles will not be allowed to drive on the impacted area starting at 8:00 am (NOTE: This time has changed from 6:00 am). The route and cross-traffic will reopen as soon as it is determined safe by MPD but no later than 5:00 pm.

Sidestreets: Residents and approved vehicles will be allowed to drive and park on side streets one block off of Georgia Avenue. Other cars, including business customers and visitors will be allowed to enter only at the discretion of the MPD officers posted at the entry points.

Crossing Georgia Ave: No unauthorized vehicles will be allowed to cross Georgia Avenue 8:00 am to 5:00 pm except at the discretion of MPD.

Emergency Vehicles: All emergency vehicles will be allowed access to Georgia Avenue and cross streets and a 20-foot fire lane will be maintained on Georgia Ave throughout the event.

Bus Detours: The best source of bus detours is the WMATA website. Below are the detour maps for Routes 62, 63, 64, 70, 79, H2, H4, and H8.

16th Street, NW, Bus Lanes Project Public Meeting Tonight in Mt. Pleasant

July 30, 2018
DDOT is hosing a public meeting tonight (Monday, July 30) from 6-8pm at the Mt. Pleasant Library (3160 16th Street NW) where they’ll have staff present to answer any questions as they move into the detailed design and then construction phases of the project their 16th Street Bus Lane Project.
You can find their narrated online presentation where they share their final roadway design layout for the 16th Street NW corridor, the final bus stop consolidation list, and the project schedule below or at https://www.16thstreetnwbus.com/public-engagement/

Limited-stop 59 Bus Service on 14th Street is Now

January 8, 2018

This morning, shortly after 8 a.m., Mayor Bowser kicked off the start of the 59 bus on 14th Street. Limited-service express bus-like service has long been a goal of the community and the local Advisory Neighborhood Commissions along the route.

The new MetroExtra limited-stop service will operate along 14th Street NW between the Takoma and Federal Triangle Metrorail stations. The weekday only service will run every 15 minutes during rush hours, 6:30-9:30 a.m. and 3:45-7:00 p.m. Buses will serve 16 stops along the route providing connections to Metrorail and business, educational and shopping destinations.

This morning’s kick off began with remarks by Mayor Bowser, followed by Councilmembers Todd and Nadeau, and lastly DDOT Director Jeff Marootian. Following the remarks, those assembled were able to ride the first 59 bus with Mayor Bowser, getting on at 14th and Buchanan as far as 14th and U Street, NW.

(Mayor Bowser riding on the 59 bus.)

The map below shows where the 59 bus stops are located along the route:

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/WMATA Propose Change in Bus Stop Location

September 13, 2016

At the May 11, 2016, meeting of ANC1A, I introduced a resolution requesting that both DDOT and WMATA seek a new location for the northbound bus stop currently located on the east side of Georgia Avenue between Otis Place and Princeton Place. The request was based on the negative impact the noise and exhaust fumes are having on the outdoor spaces of Fish in the ‘Hood and EatsPlace.  In response to those concerns WMATA and DDOT agreed to propose relocation of the northbound bus stop on Georgia Ave. at Otis Place to the near side of Quebec Place. What do people think? Is this a good alternative location?

The image below shows the location of the current bus stop.bus-stop-1

The image below shows the proposed new location of the bus stop.bus-stop-2

New Dedicated Bus Lanes on Georgia Ave. Begin Service on Monday, April 11th

April 8, 2016

Georgia Avenue Bus LanesThe new dedicated bus lanes on Georgia Avenue from Florida Avenue (south) to Barry Place (north) are finished and scheduled to be activated on Monday, April 11, 2016 (more information at Georgia Avenue Bus Lanes Project Web site).

Only transit buses, tour buses, charter buses, school buses, active passenger service taxicabs, bicycles (NO pedicabs), paratransit service vehicles and authorized emergency vehicles are allowed to travel in the bus lanes.   Driving in the bus lanes is restricted for all other motorists, unless making a turn at an intersection or driveway.  When making turns, the motorist is allowed to enter the bus lane 40 feet prior to turning.  Parking is also restricted within the bus lanes while they are in operation.  The dedicated bus lanes will be in effect Monday – Saturday between the hours of 7:00 am to 10:00 pm.

During this time, DDOT will conduct a study of traffic through the corridor prior to installing a red, high friction surface treatment to further delineate the bus lanes. DDOT’s construction management team will be visiting with the local ANCs (including ANC 1A on April 13th) and community organizations as well as performing door-to-door visits of businesses within the project corridor to spread the word on this upcoming change.

A red, high friction surfacing will be added to the Georgia Avenue NW Dedicated Bus Lanes in late Spring 2016 to further identify them.

Unauthorized parking or traveling in the bus lanes, aside from making turns, can bring a $200 ticket.

 

Suggestions Sought to Improve Bus Stop at New Hampshire and Georgia

January 22, 2016
The sidewalk by CVS on New Hampshire Avenue.

The bus stop and sidewalk by CVS on New Hampshire Avenue.

As part of the paver repair and replacement work that will begin next week along New Hampshire Avenue along the CVS, the bus stop will be temporarily moved a few feet so that it remains in service while the work is underway. However, when it moves back there has been some discussion on where it should be located.

Currently, it is a heavily used bus stop and frequently has so many people waiting for the bus that pedestrians walk behind the bus shelter rather than use the sidewalk. The question thus becomes, should the permanent location of the bus shelter remain where it is, be located closer to the street,or located further away from the street? Also, should the sidewalk be widened in this area to accommodate both bus patrons and pedestrians.

DDOT is still refining the process to request a bus stop relocation in coordination with WMATA, so this is a great opportunity to hear from the community on where you think the stop should be located. Please be as specific as possible with suggested locations for the stop. Your ideas will assist in finding a permanent location for the shelter.


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