Almost as many District residents ride Metrobus as Metrorail each day. However, over the last decade, average bus speeds have declined. DDOT is working to improve bus travel speeds and reliability across the District through bus priority projects and program areas.
DDOT is kicking off a Bus Priority Plan in early 2020, which will identify a pipeline of bus priority corridor projects and develop a toolbox of improvements, like bus lanes, to help improve bus speeds and reliability.
For more information about DDOT’s Bus Priority Program at [email protected].
Bus priority corridors provide improvements to help make transit faster and more reliable along the District’s busiest bus routes.
Three Car Free Lanes in high-traffic corridors support improved efficiency in bus travel and create space for bicyclists, particularly as the region returns to work following the COVID-19 public health emergency.
To improve bus performance on one of the most heavily trafficked bus corridors in the District, DDOT made the bus lanes on H & I Streets NW in the Downtown and Golden Triangle areas permanent effective November 2019.
The K Street Transitway will transform one of the District's major east-west corridors, K Street, NW, with vast improvements to benefit bus riders, motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians.
Bus lanes and other street design improvements are being installed on 14th Street NW in the Columbia Heights neighborhood to improve traffic flow and safety.
With the goal of responding to bus overcrowding and reliability issues on a corridor that serves more than 20,000 riders each weekday, DDOT is installing a bus lane on 16th Street NW between H Street and Arkansas Avenue.
The Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast planning study is focused on improving safety and mobility for bicyclists, pedestrians, transit and vehicular travel from the west side of the Sousa Bridge to 2nd Street SE.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE Bus Priority Plan is focused on improving bus operations and safety from Good Hope Road SE to St. Elizabeths East Campus, building upon the pilot Car Free Lanes.