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DDOT Launches a Planning Effort to Get DC Moving

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

DDOT Launches a Planning Effort to Get DC Moving

Multimodal long-range transportation plan to connect people and places.

Media Contacts

Monica Hernandez, (202) 671-2261

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) has launched moveDC, a collaborative planning effort to develop a multimodal long-range transportation plan for the District of Columbia. moveDC will create a bold, implementation-focused transportation plan for the District by bringing together transit, rail, vehicular, bicycle, pedestrian and freight recommendations to create a seamless District-wide transportation system. The plan will guide investments in the District’s transportation system for the current and next generation of residents, workers, and visitors.

DDOT understands that the transportation system needs to adapt to accommodate people’s changing needs and the District’s long-term goals. The plan will create additional opportunities for people to have reliable and convenient transportation choices by identifying transportation priorities as the District grows and evolves. Recognizing that transportation funding will continue to be a challenge, moveDC will identify ways to efficiently develop, operate and maintain the District’s transportation system while improving environmental quality—social and natural—to help advance the District’s sustainability initiatives.

“One of the central goals of my One City Action Plan is to improve the quality of life for all District residents, and that includes their ability to get around our wonderful city,” said Mayor Vincent C. Gray. “We are committed to investing in our transportation future to create a more livable and sustainable community. It’s time to get D.C. moving!”

The District has grown by over 25,000 residents in the last few years, and now has a population larger than two states. The daytime population of DC swells each day to more than 1.2 million people. Given the considerable growth and continued strong economy of the District, DDOT is vested in ensuring that the transportation system remains efficient in moving people and goods. DDOT is committed to creating a safe, integrated system of transportation choices.

"It is essential that people representing the entirety of interests and experiences in the District participate in this process. Young, old, lifetime or new resident, worker or visitor, we need everyone to get involved. moveDC will shape transportation in the District now and into the future," said Terry Bellamy, DDOT’s Director.

As a part of the planning process, DDOT will initiate a wide-reaching dialogue with residents, workers, and visitors. Anyone who drives, walks, bikes, rides a bus or takes a train is a stakeholder and can help us move DC toward our transportation future. Through the course of the next year there will be numerous opportunities for people to participate in-person in the planning process - first, at the moveDC Idea Exchange on Saturday, February 9 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library and then at public workshops and working group meetings. In addition, the plan’s website, www.wemoveDC.org, will host project information, surveys, and interactive content throughout the planning process.

MoveDC is expected to be completed by early 2014. Please visit the program's website at www.wemoveDC.org, or follow the initative on Facebook (wemovedc) and Twitter (@wemovedc).

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is committed to ensuring that no person is excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, its projects, programs, activities, and services on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability as provided by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act and other related statutes.

In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code sec. 2-1401.01 et seq. (Act), the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability, source of income, status as a victim of an intrafamily offense, or place of residence or business. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in a violation of the Act will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action."