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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.

DDOT NoMa Circulator Study Includes Potential Ward 1 Service

November 4, 2015

Thanks to those who made me aware of this, DDOT is currently looking a potential options to expand Circulator service to NoMa. Two of the options look like they could provide some additional service to Park View and Columbia Heights. I’ve included the maps and the announcement from DDOT below. You can also comment on the proposals here.

Noma circulator routes

From DDOT:

Last year, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) conducted the DC Circulator Transit Development Plan Update. During this study the NoMA, “North of Massachusetts Avenue,” area was identified as a top neighborhood for future DC Circulator service.

NoMa is one of the city’s fastest growing neighborhoods with more than 40,000 employees, 18,000 residents and more than 16 million square feet of new development planned for the near future.

Although NoMa is already served by Metrobus and Metrorail, participants in the study stated that long travel times and/or multiple transfers make it difficult to use current public transit options from NoMa to other popular destinations in the District.

NoMa is also the largest DC activity center not served by a DC Circulator route. Taking all these facts into consideration, DDOT is studying the potential of expanding the DC Circulator system to connect NoMa with neighborhoods that could be better served by transit. Before creating a new route, DDOT is seeking input from NoMa residents, workers and visitors to help determine a route that could best serve the greater community’s needs. DDOT is also researching the projected growth in NoMa that could influence where residents, employees and visitors would like to connect and enjoy access in the future.

DDOT created an online comment form to collect feedback on preferred potential NoMa Circulator routes. The comment form will present any NoMa resident, employer, employee and/or visitor with the opportunity to participate in focus-groups scheduled for December 2015. At each focus group, DDOT staff will present potential route options and ask attendees for their thoughts and opinions about the potential service.

Temporary Lane Closures on Georgia Avenue Between Barry Place and Florida Avenue Begin Today

July 28, 2015

From a DDOT News release:

DDOT to Temporarily Close Lanes on Georgia Avenue Between Barry Place and Florida Avenue, NW, Beginning July 28

Lane closures in place while DDOT completes dedicated bus lane and streetscape project
 
(Washington, DC) — The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will close one lane of traffic in each direction on Georgia Avenue, NW, between Barry Place and Florida Avenue, NW in Ward 1 beginning on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 7 am, weather permitting. These closures are expected to stay in place until May 2016.
 
The closures are needed for DDOT to construct dedicated bus lanes and a streetscape along Georgia Avenue, NW. The work includes the replacement of sidewalks, curb and gutters, sidewalk ramps, mill and overlay of the roadway, and new dedicated bus lanes in each direction on Georgia Avenue, NW.
 
Curbside parking will be restricted while work is underway and ultimately removed upon completion of the project. Emergency No Parking signs are and will be posted a minimum of 72 hours before the start of construction. Sidewalk detours will also be in place while sidewalk repair is in progress. Signage and protective barriers will be used to maintain public safety.
 
Motorists should expect moderate-to-heavy delays, and are advised to seek alternative routes. DDOT encourages all traveling in this area to stay alert and to obey all construction signs.

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