Livability is a term that refers to community quality of life as experienced by the people who live, work, and recreate there. In a transportation context, livability refers to improvements in public space that increase safety and access for all users of the transportation system.
Livability study areas include several DC neighborhoods and are conducted with a system-wide perspective in mind. Livability studies seek to calm traffic and recommend improvements.
Recommendations for intersections and streets are developed to provide solutions that do not shift the problem to adjacent blocks or intersections. Livability studies include robust public outreach, with the goal to ensure residents support each recommendation.
Livability study areas are determined based on the Area Elements of the District of Columbia’s Comprehensive Plan, as well as the overall transportation network of the District.
Each livability study concludes with a list of recommendations, which can include safer pedestrian crossings, more accessible bus stops, geometric adjustments that support intersection safety, enhanced green spaces, signage for better driver information, updates to traffic signal timing, and speed controls in sensitive areas.
Each livability study is informed by the unique needs of the neighborhoods that make up the study area, and the approach of each study is shaped by these needs. Past studies have put special focus on certain types of improvements, such as green infrastructure, access to parks and public space, and anticipating changes to land use or demographics.
For more information on DDOT’s Livability Program, please contact Ted Van Houten, Transportation Planner, (202) 671-4580, [email protected]
Livability Studies Completed
|Livability Study||Year Completed|
|Rock Creek West II||2011|
|Far Southeast II||2011|
|Mid City East||2014|
|Rock Creek East II||2016|
|Far Southeast III||2017|
|Rock Creek Far West||Upcoming 2019|
|Rock Creek East I||Upcoming 2019|