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 final public meeting for the project will occur Thursday, July 20, 2017, from 6:30 pm to 8 pm, at the George Washington University, Funger Hall, Room 222, 2201 G Street, NW. Community members are invited to attend and to provide feedback on the recommended alternative, to help inform the next project phase.
- The first public meeting for the project took place June 15, 2016, where DDOT kicked off the project, shared draft goals and objectives, and solicited public feedback.