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Downtown West Transportation Planning Study

Downtown West Study Area

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is undertaking a planning study of the western portion of downtown to improve east-west travel for cyclists, pedestrians, and buses. The study area includes:

  • Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 17th Street and Washington Circle; and
  • H and I Streets NW between New York Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue

The purpose of this planning study is to do the following:

  • Engage the public;
  • Identify opportunities to improve the urban design, enhance the streetscape, and activate the public space along Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 17th Street and Washington Circle, including the addition of stormwater retention features;
  • Evaluate alignments for a separated bicycle facility, or cycle track, along Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 17th Street and Washington Circle;
  • Assess the operational feasibility of a contraflow bus lane on H Street NW between New York Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue and identify associated necessary operational improvements, including the intersection of H Street and Pennsylvania Avenue; and
  • Develop conceptual drawings based on technical analysis.

The Downtown West Transportation Planning Study builds upon the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and DDOT’s 2013 H/I Street Bus Improvements Technical Report. moveDC, the District’s multimodal transportation plan, identified Pennsylvania Avenue NW as a priority cycle track corridor and H Street NW as a priority high-capacity transit corridor.

The first public meeting for the project will take place on June 15, 2016. DDOT will kick-off the project, share draft goals and objectives, and solicit public feedback at the following public meeting: 

Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Time: 6 PM – 8 PM (presentation at 6:30 PM)
Location: Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20001, Room A-5

Please contact [email protected] for project update emails. Please visit the project website for information about upcoming meetings, meeting materials, and project information.